The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:49 pm by Jonathan.Link

In early January a severe storm blows through the Morvan. For 5 days the snow falls steadily and blows wildly with drifts several feet high. A rag-tag group of 10 comes to the south entrance and requests sanctuary from the storm. They’ve been caught in the storm, and several look to be at death’s door.
“I’m looking for Eskil.”. The woman speaking from within a seeps cowl pauses, her voice croaks out an explanation, "Oh, she calls herself Tranquillina. Tell her that her Mater is requesting Hermetic courtesy. "

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Posted Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:26 am by gerg

Deykin expected to be serving in the turb a fortnight after Christmas – there simply being much less need for the full cadre of shepherds during the winter – but nevertheless he was extremely grateful not to be in the fields during this epic storm. For the first couple of days he had to endure his share of training exercises outdoors; but once the snow became thigh-deep, most patrols were postponed and the turb members were given tasks under shelter. Deykin and three other grogs were stationed at the guard house at the south entrance, taking turns playing dice in trios while the other scanned the white horizon. Deykin had already won the right to carry out any interesting task that might fall to them, and fetching the young maga in response to the unexpected arrival of visitors certainly qualified.

Leaving his bow and quiver in the guardhouse, Deykin lopes to the mansion and bounces up the stairs three at a time, reaching the top floor out of breath but pleased to be stretching his legs. At the Magic Room (he and his mates called it that because most covenfolk weren’t allowed in, and sometimes people walked out of it who weren’t there before – and sometimes, the other way round as well …), he summarizes the visitor’s message for Tranquillina to a higher-ranking guard, who bids him stay and goes into the Magic Room. He tries to interest the remaining guard with a riddle, but fails and eventually waits quietly, shifting from one thawing foot to another. Suddenly he hears a woman’s voice slice through the silence – “Which one?!” The door to the Magic Room flies open and the teenaged maga is before him, dressed uncharacteristically roughly in a cloak made from a wolf’s skin and glaring at him with furious eyes; she seems to loom over him despite their true difference in height.

At her order, Dekyin stammers out a description of the weather-battered traveling party and the statement made by its leader (" – her exact words!", she barks at one point). She has him twice describe the features of the old woman in the cowl; he feels his throat constricting, and wonders whether she is cursing him with sickness like she is said to do by all the other shepherds. As he babbles on, hoping some repeated detail of the encounter will mollify her, she suddenly (so quickly that he flinches) begins instructing him. She orders him and a nearby servant to have the best guest quarters made ready for the visiting maga and a hot bath drawn, to have warm clothes brought to her men in the dining room, and to have the kitchens produce hearty fare for the grogs and their best delicacies for the visitor. The instructions come first in her perfect Latin, then again in their entirety in French; the latter includes an unexpected addendum in the local idiom: “Do not fuck anything up.” As he instinctively salutes the civilian and flees to carry out his orders, Dekyin definitely wishes he hadn’t been so lucky with the dice….

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Posted Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:22 am by gerg

For the past year, Loys had spent nearly every waking moment, six days a week, inside the magical workshop of the lovely Tranquillina. The first half of that time had comprised his training: he meticulously catalogued all of the equipment (that which he knew how to name, at least, and learned what he could of the rest) and read mysterious numbers off of wax tablets to the maga as she carefully moved working surfaces a thumbspan this way or that. While the final result was certainly orderly and impressive, he didn’t really see the difference from how it was when he first was allowed inside. Still, his efforts seemed to satisfy her, and for the next six months he stayed by her side (rapturously, by her side!) as she carried out snippets of whatever incantationery she was working on; she got really tired (she worked even longer hours than he did, in the summer), and his alertness definitely earned her gratitude on one occasion he still couldn’t bring himself to bring to mind. But after Christmas, she informed him that she would be spending a good deal of the winter in the library, and his tasks in the lab became fewer, humdrum, and (most of all) less alluring. With more free time on his hands, he had taken to hanging out in one of the parchment preparation rooms, the process of making the precious writing pages fascinating to him.

The percamenarii and their assistants were, as a rule, bent old men with swollen joints and chemically stained fingertips; but there was a girl, perhaps a year or two older than he, who helped clean up the lime and chalk and loose hairs from the treatments. She proved very friendly right away, although her behavior sometimes struck Loys as unfathomable. For instance, she had apologized for the odors in the chamber, but he, comparing it in his mind to working around dozens of exposed human organs for months at a time, had said that from his perspective the scent was delightful; for some reason she had blushed deeply and blinked even more energetically at him while they spoke. Today, as their conversation opened with talk of the severe snowstorm, she claimed to be quite chilly (how, he could not imagine, as the parchment factory was nearly sweltering); after she repeated the claim a few times, it occurred to him to offer his jacket, which she wore with half-lidded eyes and a renewed intrusion into his personal space. Currently she was displaying disproportionate interest in his ability to translate the dullest phrases from French into Latin, but she seemed to be enjoying the pastime and it indeed passed the time.

Suddenly, a peremptory woman’s voice springs forth from somewhere behind his scalp: “Come to the library immediately.” While the girl is mightily startled, Loys’s face lights up, and he flings a hasty goodbye over his shoulder at the girl (gotta remember to ask her name again, he remarks to himself) as he tears out of the workshop. A bit of foot traffic on the only path cleared from the parchment factory to the main house tries his patience, not to mention making him curse himself for leaving his jacket with what’s-her-name. But he reaches the mansion without further crisis, flies up the stairs to the regio entrance (the guards seem a bit spooked today, he notices), and coasts to a stop at the door to the library, where Tranquillina is already beginning to ask for his assistance. “You and Choiniere,” she nods to the servant standing at attention nearby, “will attend our visitors’ every need. If they need it, if they wish it, it will be theirs. Your job is to make sure they have nothing in the wide world to possibly complain about. When Cumhachd” (it must be the strange pronunciation that makes that lovely face grimace so!) “requires something, one of you goes to fetch it, the other stays against the possibility that she has another request before the first returns. There will be watchmen posted on call over the night, but otherwise you both are with her at every moment. And I want to know everything she asks for, after you have granted it. Your job is not to spy on her. But anything you do happen to hear, you will tell that to me too.” While Choiniere seems only politely resigned to these duties, Loys embraces them gleefully: bringing Tranquillina information she wants provides him higher joy than nearly anything else could. By the time he is finished expressing his flowery gratitude for the task and hearty acceptance thereof, the maga is already halfway down the hall.

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Posted Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:47 am by gerg

Before the guard from the regio entrance found her, Tranquillina had been contentedly sitting in the covenant library, face to face with their copy of Threading the Hermetic Needle. For the past couple of weeks she had been skimming quickly through the first chapters, but the instruction had advanced considerably in chapter three (“Selective Control”) and she had resigned herself to slower progress thereafter. That entire morning she had been glued to her seat, the summa open in front of her on the tabletop, a candle in the far right corner, and her left hand resting on the table as well, its skin displaying a different hue and pattern from one diameter to the next as she practiced her ability to evoke specific images. Although the library was kept warm and perfectly dry, the chill of the week’s violent storm had seeped into nearly every corner of the mansion; she had gotten used to the invigorating heat of the furnace in her laboratory over the past six months, and she was considering butting horns with Alexandria over the right to study the tome in her sanctum.

All such musings evaporated instantly upon the guard’s arrival. His secondhand version of the woman’s words still contained the triggers “Eskil” and “mater”, and Tranquillina’s blood turned icy. Please, let it be Tria, she pleaded as she rushed from the library and up a flight of stairs. They would’ve recognized her – she wouldn’t have said – please, o holy Virgin, mother of our Lord and Savior, please let it be Tria…! She quickly traversed the regio boundary into the mundane mansion and confronted the shepherd who had spoken directly with the visitor; the more she heard, the tighter her fists clenched. She dispatched the household to receive the guests in the most impeccable possible fashion; there had better not be a single reason for her to criticize me. – us. Mons Electi.

Now, midway through the four flights of stairs down to ground level, she stops and leans against the cold stone wall, taking deep breaths and trying to slow her beating heart. One of the covenant maids, passing by innocently and seeing her closed eyes and furrowed brow, almost speaks to her, but her instincts rightly warn her against intervention and she creeps away softly. A few minutes more, and Tranquillina snaps upright, ready to act but determined to do so with purpose. “Now then,” she declares to nobody in particular as she removes a kerchief from her pouch. “Better that I remembered the casting token before making it all the way outside.” The stairwell echoes with her voice as she uses the lock of Loys’s hair to create the sound of her voice at whatever location he might be occupying. ((CrIm Base 1, +4 Arcane Connection range, +1 intelligible words, for a level 10 spell. Sta -3 + Cr 6 + Im 10 + aura 5 + words/gestures 2 + offline stress die 0 (no botch) = 20, halved is 10.)) She reascends the stairs slowly, the spell having sapped some of her energy. At the back of the library, she unconsciously holds her breath as she slinks past shelves full of vis and fetches a coins from near the back, making a quick entry on a nearby ledger. When she emerges from the storeroom, Loys and Choiniere are ready for their instructions, which she delivers with efficiency. Woefully she entrusts Alexandria with spreading the word to the other magi of the casting token she is about to provide to the last person on earth she wants to see.

As she heads back to the mundane side and down the stairs one last time, her face changes form to a more mature version of herself, thirty years old, with long brownish-red hair elaborately arranged in formal braids. She grasps the lapels of her cloak firmly, and suddenly she is wearing a gossamery formal gown, complete with jewels on the cuffs and hem that would pass a cursory inspection. She touches the front of her gown to her face to invoke its Aura of Ennobled Presence upon her; she even goes so far as to cast Enchantment of Detachment upon herself, to ameliorate her pounding heart. Finally, girded by all the sensible precautions she can imagine (not quite all – but Wizard’s Sidestep seems a bit much, for this particular emergency), she takes a final deep breath and heads out to the guard house.

Most of the visitors are huddled gratefully around a fire. The cowled figure stands alone, implacably, on a tiny patch of ground, the snow around her boots having all melted away (and no snow lands on her clothing). Tranquillina straightens her own posture and strides directly to her, handing her the coin. “I hereby grant you, Cumhachd ex Tytalus, the customary Hermetic courtesy. Which, again by custom, may be revoked at any time. Prithee reflect a similar courtesy by not confusing our retainers with misstatements about my lineage.” The voice that comes out of Tranquillina’s mouth is flat and gratifyingly emotionless.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:51 am by Jonathan.Link

She holds out her hand, and lets the token fall through her fingers, Tranquillina is sure that she put the token into Cumhachd’s palm, but the palm moved ever so subtly to cause the coin to fall through the crone’s fingers when it was placed. Cumhachd smiles mysteriously at Tranquillina as the token falls to the ground.
“Child, you are of my lineage, whether you choose to recognize that or not. Tria and Maximianus may have concocted some scheme to steal you away from me, but that’s not important, right now. I am only here by some happy accident, the severe weather waylaid us, and I am unable to transport my cohort back home. I myself could leave at any point, but these…” she points to them and chuckles. “These men are important to me, and abandoning them would be foolhardy.” Then confirming that she has declined an invitation to the Aegis, “As far as invitations go, I don’t require it, but I would ask that my cohort be given tokens so that they can enter your Aegis and get some warmth.” She pulls down her cowl and smiles. There are 9 men with her.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:31 pm by gerg

Tranquillina ignores the invitation to continue arguing about the proper attribution of her lineage and turns to the men, some of whom look to be in dire straits from exposure to the winter storm. She is about to cast a Physician’s Eye over the lot of them as a first step towards seeing to their well-being, when she hears Cumhachd request tokens for them. “Each man requires a token? … What is their nature?” The Detachment keeps her relatively calm in the face of this news, but she still takes a step back from the visiting cohort. Meanwhile, the coin still lies in the snow: she’ll be damned if she’s going to stoop to pick it up in Cumhachd’s presence, but she’s suddenly loath to cast a spell to fetch it, with the possibility there are nine vis-bearing creatures of the Magic Realm so close at hand….

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:43 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Thanks for the setup!))

“Eskil, your questions betray your assertion that you are a maga of the Order of Hermes, with all the rights and privileges thereto. One wonders what Maximianus taught you. If you are truly interested, I suggest bringing whatever power you have to bear and find out. For the time being, these men are part of my retinue and as I have requested Hermetic courtesy, it is incumbent upon the covenant to provide. They have some amount of power and are unable to cross the threshold of the Aegis. But have no fear, as I have requested Hermetic courtesy, and my visit was unannounced, I have gifts to give.” One of the men steps forward and pulls a cloth sack out of his pack and hands the sack to Cumhachd who then holds it out for Tranquillina. Before, when it was out of range, Tranquillina didn’t really notice it, or it was masked by the beings of might, but now that it is out and confronting her, within arm’s reach, the overpowering nature of over a queen of vis causes Tranquillina to… ((You can fill in the blank here.))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:26 pm by gerg

… part of her head is cold, part of it is warm …
Tranquillina ponders the somewhat odd juxtaposition. Her right ear, and that side of her jaw, are touching something soft and very cold. But her right cheek, and that side of her nose and lips, are touching something wet and warm, with a foul odor that is somehow a bit less foul than it ought to be…. She slowly opens her eyes at the same time as she remembers what it must be. She is lying in the snow, her face at the edge of a pool, of impressive size, of her own vomit. Her stomach is still spasming, but there is nothing left to eject. Her head feels like it is lying on an anvil and being repeatedly struck. No, wait: some of that is a throbbing in her temple, yes; but some of it is … a noise….

With a start, Tranquillina regains the ability to process the world around her. She is lying where she collapsed in the snow a moment or two ago. The three grogs are in front of her, facing outward, weapons drawn and ready. One of the grogs is violently ringing an alarm bell, repeatedly (hence the anvil …), while holding his sword in his other hand and also nudging her with his foot. “Milady? – Milday Tranquillina?!” he keeps saying. It must be hard to do all that at once, she thinks hazily. Beyond the grogs, just outside the Aegis boundary*, stand Cumhachd and the nine mysterious men. Tranquillina coughs, several times, which drives her face a little further into the cold and the warm. This doesn’t seem to bother her, strangely. Oh, right: the Detachment spell, she remembers.

Well then. As long as she is already as sick as she could possibly be (and as undignified), she might as well employ her powers. Not that I am agreeing with that witch, she emphasizes to herself. First, she extends her Magic Sensitivity, trying to sense the expected Might of the nine men. ((Per 2 + Magic Sensitivity (creatures) 4 + offline simple die 10 – vis allergy 5 = 11.)) Next, still not trusting her voice to work properly, she sponts a Perdo Corpus spell, to destroy all traces of the vomit in the snow and on her face; if it also happens to destroy any unwanted output in her undergarments before anyone notices it, all the better. ((Base 3, +1 Touch, +2 Group, for level 10. Sta -3 + Pe 14 + Co 29 + aura 3 – vis allergy 5 + Talisman attunement (Corpus) 3 – no words 10 + offline stress die 4 = 35, halved is 18.)) She weakly scoops a handful of the suddenly clean snow into her mouth and tries to swallow. She hears the bell stop ringing. She rolls over so that she is sitting up, or at least close enough. Cumhachd’s grin seems to fill the entire landscape. Tranquillina thrusts out her hand and barks a summons; the casting token flies to it from the snow at Cumhachd’s feet. She feels like this deserves to be done with a snarl, but she can’t summon the emotion to produce one. ((Base 3, +2 Voice, for level 5. Sta -3 + Re 9 + Te 5 + aura 3 – vis allergy 5 + offline stress die 8 = 17, halved is 8.))

She still isn’t sure she should try to stand up. From the direction of the mansion, she hears sounds of people approaching, responding to the alarm.

  • ((not really sure this is where it is – took a guess))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:39 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Oh, Eskil, you poor dear. I had forgotten your, um, problem.” Cumhachd offers without any hint of sincerity, once Tranquillina is lucid enough to hear her. “Once I realized what the problem was, I had my cohort take it out of reach.” Her statement is true, as the only effects Tranquillina feels are after effects of the exposure.
Cumhachd, with a voice worthy of sergeant barks an order to the Mons Electi grogs, “Someone help the poor dear to her feet. The best thing for her now is to move around and vigorous exercise.”
((Need to check for botch on that Magic Sensitivity roll. If this isn’t stressful to Tranquillina, I don’t know what is. ))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:01 pm by cunningrat1

(( I was going to have Stultus wait and come in later, but this is pretty much the perfect entrance cue… ))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd, with a voice worthy of sergeant barks an order to the Mons Electi grogs, “Someone help the poor dear to her feet. The best thing for her now is to move around and vigorous exercise.”

The grogs move to obey the Tytalus maga, only to be stopped in their tracks by a loud command snapped from behind them. “Belay that order!” Stultus’ boots crunch on the snow as he walks in front of the detachment. “Need I remind you, gentlemen, that the honored guest is NOT in your chain of command? Tranquillina is perfectly capable of regaining her feet on her own, or taking care of herself for that matter. However, for politeness’ sake, ONE of you please stand ready to assist her — If. She. So. Desires.”

He turns, pacing forward to the edge of the Aegis, and beams a broad, genuine smile up at Cumhachd, clasping his hands behind his back. “Mater cara. It is, as always, a pleasure to see you.” The fact that he’s now standing more or less between Tranquillina and the Tytalus is pure coincidence, of course.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

Turning to Stultus, “I’m not surprised you’re the first to arrive on the scene. I had heard rumors that you and Eskil here had become covenant mates, but I wasn’t sure. Nothing could please me more. Please accept my sincere apologies, filius carus, that I did not send word to you. Truthfully, I wondered if you would even be about, you do have a tendency to go out carousing with the mundane folk, so I thought you might be in Autun.” Cumhachd takes a deep sigh, and sounds almost wistful, “It is a fitting burden that my two greatest failures confront me now that I am at my lowest point, stranded in this dreadful weather, with my retinue left out in the cold, as it were.”
Then, not waiting, or even expecting any response from either Stultus or Tranquillina, she goes on, “There is the matter of my retinue. Do yo not have some place where these men could get warmth?” Several of the men appear to be turning blue due to the cold, and they don’t appear to be dressed for the cold, either, as if they’ve been surprised by the sudden storm.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:37 pm by qcipher

Alexei has kept a rock near the bell of each of the alarm stations around the Covenant, it takes him three attempts though before he arrives at the correct one with a sudden burst of imploding air and the smell of cinnamon. He is fully armed and wearing his suit of chain.

“Stultus, Tranquilana! What is the alarm!” he turns to the grogs on sight. “Protect Tranquilana!” he commands and stands in front of the group but still inside the Aegis.

((I doubt that Alexei recognizes the other Maga?))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

((can always roll OoH Lore, or just wait for those who do know her. ))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:06 pm by cunningrat1

(( I’ll introduce her if Tranquillina doesn’t. Just want to give Gerg a chance to post.))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:10 pm by qcipher

((I can’t make any rolls right now, so don’t stand on ceremony go ahead and let Alexei know))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:11 pm by gerg

Tranquillina is relieved (to the extent she is currently capable of feeling relief) that Stultus is now providing a more ready target for Cumhachd’s aggression. Accepting the assistance of the bell-wielding grog, she climbs unsteadily to her feet.

Jonathan.Link wrote:Then, not waiting, or even expecting any response from either Stultus or Tranquillina, she goes on, “There is the matter of my retinue. Do yo not have some place where these men could get warmth?” Several of the men appear to be turning blue due to the cold, and they don’t appear to be dressed for the cold, either, as if they’ve been surprised by the sudden storm.

((I thought there was a fire by the guard house for them … maybe they abandoned it to line up with Cumhachd once the guards got all swordy-axey at them. Or had to move away from it to get distance from Tranquillina.))

Her eyes narrow at the men with her tormentor, conflicting wishes in her mind. Choosing one of the men she can see from between her guardians, she casts a spell to gather as much information as she can about his health, making it clear to all onlookers by her words and gestures that it is an Intellego spell. ((Going for Revealed Flaws of Mortal Flesh but at Voice range, level 15. Sta -3 + In 6 + Co 29 + aura 3 + Talisman attunement (Corpus) 3 + words/gestures 2 + offline stress die 1/exploder 4 = 48, halved is 24. Penetration total: 24 – 15 + Penetration 2 = 11.))

qcipher wrote:Alexei has kept a rock near the bell of each of the alarm stations around the Covenant, it takes him three attempts though before he arrives at the correct one with a sudden burst of imploding air and the smell of cinnamon. He is fully armed and wearing his suit of chain. “Stultus, Tranquilana! What is the alarm!” he turns to the grogs on sight. “Protect Tranquilana!” he commands and stands in front of the group but still inside the Aegis. ((I doubt that Alexei recognizes the other Maga?))

(( Bamf! Better cinnamon than sulfur And I doubt you recognize the visitor….))

Tranquillina doesn’t outwardly smile, but she is grateful that Alexei too is here to support her, and even (for now) feels a touch of fondness for his frequent inability to pronounce her name correctly. “A justified misunderstanding by our guards, sodalis. This visiting Tytalus maga chose an action that ended up looking, to our loyal turb, like a surprise attack upon my person. Garnerus – Atrio – Monterel,” she names the guards in turn, switching to French, “I am not in danger. At this moment.”

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

Well, Tranquillina’s spell is ineffective, so she guesses that it fails to penetrate. Also, for clarity, Tranquillina’s magic sensitivity fails to detect anything of significance.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:19 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd takes a deep sigh, and sounds almost wistful, “It is a fitting burden that my two greatest failures confront me now that I am at my lowest point, stranded in this dreadful weather, with my retinue left out in the cold, as it were.”

Stultus folds his hands in front of him, looking at Cumhachd with an expression of deep concern on his face. “Mater cara…”, he starts and then breaks off as Alexei bamfs into existence behind him.

Once Tranquillina asserts that she is not in danger at this moment, Stultus nods, and continues. “Mater cara, I feel your pain. For a maga of your sterling abilities, to be reduced by the vagaries of wind and weather to a state where you must come to — as you put it — your two greatest failures, cap in hand, and request shelter and succour… it must grate on you terribly.” His voice is full of sympathy and concern.

“But, never fear.” He brightens, holding a finger up in the air. “I stand ready to assist you. Your greatest failure shall — not confront — but comfort you in your hour of need. You shall have every courtesy that is yours by Hermetic law and custom.” And not a half-inch more.

Stultus half-turns, gesturing to Alexei. “Mater cara, it is my honor to introduce to you Alexei von Kroitzau ex Flambeau, Imperator of Mons Electi and Chief Hoplite of the Normandy Tribunal.” He completes the turn, standing with his back to Cumhachd for a moment, facing Alexei. “Alexei, may I present my beloved Mater, Cumhachd ex Tytalus. Please afford her every courtesy due a visiting maga of the Order of Hermes.” There is a clearly audible smile in his voice, and he gestures expansively — but for those few moments when Cumhachd cannot see his face, there is no trace of a smile on it. He stares up at Alexei with furrowed brow, eyes boring into the Flambeau’s eyes as if to urgently convey some message.

He turns back. “Now, ordinarily I would request — no, insist — upon a full honor guard. Nothing is too good for my Mater Cara. However, it would take time to roust the men out, and I can see you’re half-frozen, you poor dear. So please, let us not stand on ceremony. Alexei, if you could please escort our honored guest to somewhere where she can get warm? I am very concerned for her health: at her advanced age, the merest chill could prove quite dangerous. As for myself, I will take personal care of her retainers.” He waves at the crowd of men with Cumhachd. “Come on, folks. There’re comfortable quarters, food, a warm fire and mulled wine waiting for you just up the road.”

The cluster of buildings he indicates with a wave are the visitor’s quarters that sit outside the Aegis of the Hearth.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

((As a bit of a clarification, the Aegis covers the entire top of the hill surrounding the ruined wall of the former oppidium, just about 2 square miles. To my knowledge, no one has ever created an out building suitable for visitors (there has been no need for this). Further, the demands of courtesy allow a magus to have a retinue. Not allowing a magus to have their retinue suggests distrust, are Tranquillina and Stultus really going to so transparently tell Cumhachd that they don’t trust her?))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:17 pm by Marko Markoko

If Roberto is in the area, he will investigate the commotion and see what needs to be done.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:19 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:(( Further, the demands of courtesy allow a magus to have a retinue. ))

(( Wait, what? That’s not the way I’ve ever played it. Mind you, I could very well be wrong, because I do not remember anywhere it’s stated explicitly one way or the other… ))

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:41 pm by Jonathan.Link

“My, my, so many magi to come and greet me. I am either an honored guest or, given the armed magi, she indicates Roberto and Alexei, “a grave threat.” Marcus, who comes out of his cottage not far away from the entrance, looks about and then spies Cumhachd at about the same time she spies him. While looking at Marcus, and far louder than she needs to be for those nearby, but loud enough for Marcus to hear, “How quaint, you have a trained guard dog.”. She looks around, and says to no one in particular, and without any sincerity, “This covenant is full of surprises. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Maybe I can talk to that giant who consorts with diabolists? Or the messenger with his illegitimate trainee?”. Her tone is sweet, al,oat loving as she hurls out a description of the Magi of Mons Electi. “Who ami I missing? Oh, the actul Bonisagus, who will likely not contribute anything close to what The Founder actually did, and what he does offer will be acclaimed as a vaunted feat of research by his fellow members of his House.” And lastly, where is the benefactor on whose largesse you all feed?"

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:42 pm by qcipher

Alexei keeps a wary eye on the older maga and her retinue as he is brought up to speed on who the guest is. After a few tense moments he nods at both Tranquillina and Stultus.

“The Mater of Stultus ((He’ still not sure of the relationship with Tranquillina)) is welcome of course. Please, accompany me to our guest quarters. We shall get it warmed and ready for you, the responsibilities of host and guest are well known to all of us I’m sure.” he looks meaningfully at Stultus, Tranquillina and finally Cumhachd. He nods to one of the grogs who runs off to get the servants of the cottage ready. “Let this be a peaceful and productive reunion.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:56 pm by Jonathan.Link

After Alexei offers the invitation to her, she says, somewhat conspiratorially to Stultus, He must really be good at fightin’ a few too many bonks on the head though. Surely something Eskil should’ve been able to fix, I would think.". Although she made all the effort to lean in and look like she was whispering to Stultus, she in fact said it loud enough for everyone to hear.
“Let me explain, and I’ll try and use small words, so you understand. Me go across Aegis, no problem.” she says while smiling sweetly at Alexei. She continues to speak, while pointing at her retinue, “They have might, can’t cross powerful Aegis. What they supposed to do? Where they supposed to go? Who give me bath, comb hair? You?” I need hot bath."
She turns back to,Stultus and asks with fake sincerity, “Do you think he understood, filius carus?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:09 am by qcipher

Alexei turns to Stultus, there is a vein throbbing in his forehead and the smile is more like a grimace at this point. “Perhaps your mater did not see my arrival after any such conditions were brought up?” he turns to regard her and her retinue. “So an invitation to them as well eh? What is their nature before any such invitation is extended. And let us not be coy, if your intent is to have hospitality, contriteness might work better. Unless…” he turns to Stultus and Traquillina “…you can vouch for them?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:26 am by gerg

Tranquillina cannot remember a day that she wishes more had never happened. Even worse than Cumhachd sneaking into her life again is this botched parade the encounter has turned into. While her emotions are still dampened by the spell, she is not above calculating a little dig at the visitor to save face. “Despite this maga’s insulting manner, these, men, do look to need assistance in their ill state. And their behavior shall be considered as directly ordered by Cumhachd: should they cause trouble, it is she who shall be held accountable. So the real question is: do we vouch for the maga?” She turns to her former mater, skillfully concealing all of the nervousness she feels at venturing this gambit. ((Prs 2 + Guile 3 + stress die 1 / exploder 1 / 2nd exploder 5 = 25.)) “I shall certainly vouch for her good behavior, and by extension that of her retinue … once she addresses me properly: by Hermetic name, House, and lineage.” She meets Cumhachd’s gaze without flinching, for once.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:32 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:“I shall certainly vouch for her good behavior, and by extension that of her retinue … once she addresses me properly: by Hermetic name, House, and lineage.” She meets Cumhachd’s gaze without flinching, for once.

Stultus’ lips silently shape the words “Oh, bravo!” at that line.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:37 am by Marko Markoko

Roberto scowls (the cat is nowhere around, too cold outside).
You come requesting hospitality, yet you mock us and insult us? You decry how weak our Aegis is and imply you can walk in overus any time you choose. You want us to lodge these nine men for you, like we were an inn of some sort. Why do they require Tokens into our Aegis? Who are they and what is there nature? If all they require is warmth, I am well able to provide that
I suggest you start again, using the right foot, and conduct yourself more affably.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:47 am by Jonathan.Link

“Very well, Eskil, we will take shelter in the “tribunal city.”. Whereupon she proceed to walk directly and with purpose towards the regio boundary which leads to the Tribunal facilities.
“The cub has teeth, but there is little force behind the bite.”
From behind everyone, Marcus lets out an “So that’s why she didn’t care about a token for herself.”
Apparently it was loud enough for Cumhachd to hear because she responds with a “Woof, woof. That’s a good boy!”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:16 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:“The cub has teeth, but there is little force behind the bite.”

This, unfortunately, is far from the first thing that Cumhachd has said about Tranquillina that is hurtful but also pretty accurate. The slight stings much less than it normally would; Tranquillina is growing quite happy that she cast Enchantment of Detachment upon herself before the meeting. (Well, only mildly happy – for the same reason.)

((Can I ask for a further clarification on the Aegis boundary? From her action, I take it it doesn’t encompass the entrance to the regio? And does the Aegis cover the regio-side mansion at all?))

The fact that Cumhachd backed down from her request to take sanctuary in their home feels like a victory to Tranquillina, despite the maga’s refusal to address her properly. Of course, any victory where a Tytalus is concerned makes her wonder whether she is being led into a bigger defeat….
Tranquillina certainly hopes the visitors aren’t allowed into the regio, but she’s not sure what they can do about that, letting others take the lead. If they do in fact enter the regio, she turns to Roberto: “Imperator*, please make sure there is a double guard on the long bridge, and again at the ground-floor entrance to the regio mansion, at all times.”

  • ((Stultus addressed Alexei as Imperator, and he certainly used to fill that post; but as of the start of 1228, it’s Roberto – Alexei being too busy with Hoplite duties.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:20 am by Marko Markoko

Roberto, El Imperitor, shall escort the miscreant and her entourage to the Tribunal villiage

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:50 am by qcipher

Alexei shakes his head, the Lord knew that all of the Houses had their customs.

“Well, I believe this is in hand now. If I’m not needed, I have other things to take care of. Roberto’s capable hands shall be more than enough. Adieu.” rather than disappearing Alexei begins the walk back. He stops to briefly speak with Roberto. “I…did not mean to pre-empt you, it is habit of mine to respond to alarms. Please keep up the good work Imperator, and let me know if you need me.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:13 am by Jonathan.Link

Before she’s through the regio, and Alexei is out of sight with the men arrayed around her, preventing Roberto from getting too close, she pauses and calls out to Alexei, “Oh, that reminds me, I was asked to deliver a message to Alexei. Valerian sends his regards, and hopes you are doing well, that he hopes you don’t find the demands of office to be overwhelming. And he can be at your service with but a moment’s notice.” She looks at Stultus, “Although, I don’t think he meant a word of it. He’s not a very nice person. I hear he likes men, spent a lot of time sharpening his sword with the covenfolk of Confluensis, if you know what I mean.” She pauses as if she’s gone too far, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that. People can do what they want.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:03 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus plants himself in front of Tranquillina, looking up at the maga. As soon as she looks down on him (like she usually does) he silently mouths “Nicely done!” and scampers off after Cumhachd and Roberto without waiting for a response.

Once he catches up, he calls out “Roberto! A word with you, if I may.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:47 pm by gerg

The muscles in Tranquillina’s shoulders start to relinquish their tension as Cumhachd’s band moves away from her. She is slow to process Stultus’s praise (she can’t figure out what’s going on, but in the year and a half since he took up residence at Mons Electi, there has been little to support her suspicions about him), and he scurries off before she can respond. With a sigh, she turns to the two Flambeau magi and thanks them for their support; she catches Marcus’s eye as well, but doesn’t really know what to say to him. She gives everyone around her a final reassurance that she is fine, but pretends not to hear their questions about what caused her to black out. Taking the kerchief from her pouch, she casts Leap of Homecoming and appears suddenly near the guest quarters of the mansion, startling Loys and Choiniere.

“The visitors will be staying in the Tribunal city on the plateau,” she announces without preamble. “Have the food for Cumhachd and her men brought out there across the bridge. And – I do not know whether she will want you to remain there to wait on her, but offer graciously to do so. If not, she can relay requests via the guards on the bridge.” She tosses a puzzled look at Loys. “You do own a jacket, do you not?”

((Assuming nothing else happens before nightfall:)) Tranquillina has trouble going to sleep … thoughts and emotions are gusting around her head like leaves in a storm, despite the continuing Enchantment of Detachment. ((Both that spell and her Disguise will end at dawn, as it happens.)) She has Atrio from the turb standing watch right outside her bedroom door inside her sanctum – three grogs will rotate through the night so that someone is always awake there. (She does not put up the Ward Against the Curious Scullion: it would not bother Cumhachd, and would only hinder any mundane help she might need.) One unlucky servant has also been stationed in the hallway outside her receiving room, one of its comfortable chairs moved there to allow some possibility of sleep. Tranquillina removes the chip of tile from her pouch and places it alone on the small table beside her bed, so that she can get a message to that servant on a moment’s notice if necessary.

It takes her hours to get to sleep; when she finally does, foggy images of a giant hand thrusting out of a northern moor haunt her dreams.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:27 pm by cunningrat1

(( Making a quick back-timed roll here, to see whether Stultus can identify Tranquillina’s flat affect as the result of Enchantment of Detachment. Per 1, Magic Theory 5, Mentem specialization +1, roll of 6=13. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:13 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I’m going to let gerg adjudicate the results, you guys have a much better idea of how well you know each other than I do, as i’m still getting caught up on your interactions.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:25 pm by Marko Markoko

cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus plants himself in front of Tranquillina, looking up at the maga. As soon as she looks down on him (like she usually does) he silently mouths “Nicely done!” and scampers off after Cumhachd and Roberto without waiting for a response.

Once he catches up, he calls out “Roberto! A word with you, if I may.”

Walk with me as we talk. Roberto will follow the miscreant at enough of a distance that it is difficult to overhear Stultus and himself speaking.
Before you start in with the “It’s a Tytalus thing”, allow me to point out that she caused the alarm to be raised, she insulted a brother Flambeau, and she made veiled threats against the security and sanctity of the covenant I am charged with protecting.
Who is this person and why does she harras you and Tranquilla the way she does?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:25 pm by gerg

((Hard to say. Of course Stultus would know that Mentem magic could cause such a personality manifestation. By this point he’s lived with her long enough to probably know that she’s usually really volatile in the face of criticism. My best guess, given your roll and the fact that he’s thinking about it anyway, is that he could have some reasonable degree of confidence that some Mentem magic was affecting her during the Cumhachd encounter. He’s probably heard of EoD … at this point we’re at how much info would he want before making certain deductions. Is that the actual spell used? Did she cast it herself? You’re playing poker at this point ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:29 pm by Marko Markoko

qcipher wrote:Alexei shakes his head, the Lord knew that all of the Houses had their customs.

“Well, I believe this is in hand now. If I’m not needed, I have other things to take care of. Roberto’s capable hands shall be more than enough. Adieu.” rather than disappearing Alexei begins the walk back. He stops to briefly speak with Roberto. “I…did not mean to pre-empt you, it is habit of mine to respond to alarms. Please keep up the good work Imperator, and let me know if you need me.”

I will always need you brother You did not pre-empt me. You were the first to arrive on the scene. You acted responsibly. I would expect nothing less.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:04 pm by cunningrat1

Marko Markoko wrote:Walk with me as we talk. Roberto will follow the miscreant at enough of a distance that it is difficult to overhear Stultus and himself speaking.
Before you start in with the “It’s a Tytalus thing”, allow me to point out that she caused the alarm to be raised, she insulted a brother Flambeau, and she made veiled threats against the security and sanctity of the covenant I am charged with protecting.
Who is this person and why does she harras you and Tranquilla the way she does?

“She is my mater, and we have formally declared rivalry with each other. The situation with Tranquillina is… complex. I’m not at liberty to go into details, but suffice it to say that Cumhachd considers herself Tranquillina’s mater, Tranquillina does not consider herself Cumhachd’s filia, and both those competing worldviews have some justification behind them.”

Stultus is silent for a moment. “Yes, she insulted a brother Flambeau. Yes, she raised the alarm. Yes, she made veiled threats. She will continue to do so, in order to get a rise out of you. She will probably go beyond veiled threats — there’s something truly sneaky and underhanded coming up, I’ll eat my hat if there isn’t. And yes, there is a danger of collateral damage.”

“Here’s the thing, Roberto. It IS a Tytalus thing. She is here for one reason and one reason only: to pose a challenge to Tranquillina and myself, and see how we deal with it. If you interfere — if anyone else interferes — she will try harder, do more damage in the process, and if she goes away unsatisfied she will return, and she will return soon, with more insults, more threats, and more collateral damage. The more you interfere in this private Tytalus matter, the greater the danger to Mons Electi!”

“I know you will do your utmost to defend the covenant. I honor that. And if this were anything else, there is no man I would rather have at my back than you. But in this one instance, the covenant would be — in the long run — best served by you keeping your temper in check, and interfering as little as you can. It’s a paradox, but please believe me when I say that it is so.” He sounds almost pleading in his attempts to make Roberto understand.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

While Roberto and Stultus are chatting, Cumhachd quietly makes her way through the regio entrance. All of the men follow her, except three, that lock arms and stand immediately before the regio entrance, facing it, their back to everyone else, effectively blocking access to the regio from this entrance, without forcibly moving the men. Wizard Leap to the other side of the regio won’t work here, unless the user has Second Sight, as that’s the only way the other side would be visible.

Chumhachd makes her way to the city, and installs herself in a villa, making herself comfortable and whenver someone appears (probably about 30 minutes, maybe 15) one can see things that weren’t left their present in the villa, as if she’s transporting things in to make herself comfortable.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:34 pm by gerg

((Clearly Cumhachd does not consider this regio part of Mons Electi’s private covenant property. I was under the impression that Mons Electi did so consider it, though. Am I the player wrong about that? If not, is Mons Electi actually justified in considering the regio their property to control access to? Petronius certainly asked their permission to access it….))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:48 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Assumes facts not in evidence. Certainly appears that is a reasonable assumption, but Tranquillina was bitten many times by Cumhachd when she presumed some reason behind her then mater’s actions, but another reason was in play. Of course, this dovetails nicely with Tranquillina’s angst about Cumhachd, and House Tytalus.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:23 pm by gerg

((All right. If Tranquillina were different, she might have made a big deal of getting the Three Linky Dudes out of the entrance right away. But she’ll let it go and go to bed as described. In fact it’s probably in character for her to wait for something else to happen anyway….))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:41 pm by Marko Markoko

Jonathan.Link wrote:While Roberto and Stultus are chatting, Cumhachd quietly makes her way through the regio entrance. All of the men follow her, except three, that lock arms and stand immediately before the regio entrance, facing it, their back to everyone else, effectively blocking access to the regio from this entrance, without forcibly moving the men. Wizard Leap to the other side of the regio won’t work here, unless the user has Second Sight, as that’s the only way the other side would be visible.

Chumhachd makes her way to the city, and installs herself in a villa, making herself comfortable and whenver someone appears (probably about 30 minutes, maybe 15) one can see things that weren’t left their present in the villa, as if she’s transporting things in to make herself comfortable.

Roberto looks sternly at Stultus.
And I am supposed to just let that slide? You ask me to compromise my values, and the security of this covenant, so that you can play some little Tytalus game? If it is a private matter, keep it private and keep my covenant out of it. If she so much as damages a hair on a livestock animal, it becomes my problem, and I will deal with it as I see fit.
It’s a Flambeau thing.
I am putting it all on your shoulders, Payaso. She is your guest. I shall afford you the courtesy of allowing you discretion. Let her have her pretense of a bodyguard. But the tribunal villiage and the regio, that is our property. Mons Electi reigns here. If there is an emergency in there, and I need to get in, I will do so by whatever means are needed at the moment. I could paralyze or blind them, but if spead is of the essence, my fastes timing is an old classic which is a bit more painful when applied.
Do not take that as a threat or aggression, my friend. I am just trying to let you know I am quite serious and I am not playing a game. And I am trying to tell you that I am straining myself to the utmost to give you the respect and courtesy that I am. I wash my hands of it and leave it all on you. But if anything happens that requires my involvment, I shall not restrain myself further.
And Roberto departs and leaves well enough alone for now. As he walks away, he turns and does that thing DiNero does in “Meet the Fockers”, pointing to his eyes and then back at the Miscreant &/or her entourage, as if to say “I have my eyes on you”.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:41 am by cunningrat1

Stultus shrugs after the departing Flambeau. It will do for now. He’s just thankful he didn’t have to challenge Roberto. He was willing to consider it as a last resort. Certamen? Dimicatio? Cream pies at 20 paces? Whatever works.

A short while later, he shows up at the villa Cumhachd had appropriated, with a brace of wine bottles. Wouldn’t do to show up empty-handed. (He HAD tried to go see Tranquillina for a council of war beforehand, but was told that the honored Bonisagus had gone to bed. So… Cumhachd it is.)

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:43 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:While Roberto and Stultus are chatting, Cumhachd quietly makes her way through the regio entrance. All of the men follow her, except three, that lock arms and stand immediately before the regio entrance, facing it, their back to everyone else, effectively blocking access to the regio from this entrance, without forcibly moving the men.

Later that afternoon, Fiona visits the site where Sobran had moved some of the vines into the regio (she had broached the subject a couple of weeks after the meeting where it was decided, but it was too late to safely move them that season) to check on their progress. They’ve only been in the regio a short while, but she can already tell that the vines do appear to be just a wee bit greener.

She makes her way to the regio exit to meet the vintner (she had promised to warm his night, what with the blizzard and all), but comes to a stop as soon as she passes through and almost tramples the three guards. She glowers down at them, tightening her grip on her talisman.

“Who are you lot, then?” she says. They’re obviously soldiers of some kind, and they look like they’re there for a purpose, and for the first time in possibly years, she’s actually afraid for herself.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:56 am by Jonathan.Link

((If it weren’t winter, I’d say Fiona hears crickets. ))
They don’t speak, and the wind just howls around them. Grogs are nearby, as this isn’t far from the south gate. They report that they have just stood there, and that they came with a magus named Cumhachd, who knew Tranquillina and Stultus both. They go on to say that she went into the regio entrance and said she was taking up residence in Tribunal city.

((I want to provide some of the history, Stultus and Cumhachd haven’t spoken or been involved in any significant interactions for about 12 years. Letters were answered if written, but they always seemed to take far too long to get a response back from her.))
When Stultus arrives, he’ll note that she’s done quite a bit to make herself at home. In one of the villa rooms, off of the main room, he can see that she’s made a temporary ceremonial space for working magic. In fact, judging by the volume of items and their respective sizes it appears that there is more the room that could fit in the packs of the men she was with. As soon as he makes that observation, he realizes he hasn’t seen any sign of the men.
“I was wondering if you’d forgotten me, filius carus, she embraces him warmly, and accepts the wine. “Thank you for the wine. I’m sure it’s lovely. Shall we?” she says holding the bottle up, but not shaking it.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:46 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:((If it weren’t winter, I’d say Fiona here’s crickets. ))
They don’t speak, and the wind just howls around them. Grogs are nearby, as this isn’t far from the south gate. They report that they have just stood there, and that they came with a magus named Cumhachd, who knew Tranquillina and Stultus both. They go on to say that she went into the regio entrance and said she was taking up residence in Tribunal city.

She takes a step toward them, just to see if they’ll let her go through. When they stand fast, she grumbles and goes around them. “Is it safe for them to be blocking the path like that? What did Roberto say about…that,” she asks, waving vaguely at Larry, Curly, and Moe over there.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:20 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:"I was wondering if you’d forgotten me, filius carus, she embraces him warmly, and accepts the wine. “Thank you for the wine. I’m sure it’s lovely. Shall we?” she says holding the bottle up, but not shaking it.

“Forget you? Never.” He fetches a couple of goblets, accepting the bottle, and taps the cork with one finger. One non-fatiguing ReHe spont later, the cork pops out of the bottle, and Stultus catches it deftly, offering it to Cumhachd. “Would madam care to smell ze cork?” There’s a laugh in his voice — neither of them is a wine snob, as he knows perfectly well, but it’s fun mocking the wine snobs.

He pours the wine (not adding any Iocane powder — he’s fresh out, worse luck), hands Cumhachd a goblet, and clambers into a chair, leaning back comfortably. “What have you been doing with yourself, mater cara? I haven’t heard from you in a dog’s age.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:22 pm by cunningrat1

cunningrat1 wrote:“Would madam care to smell the cork?”

(( As a side note, if one typoes the word ‘cork’, replacing the ‘r’ with a ‘c’ by accident, it changes the entire meaning of the phrase. Good thing I caught it in time.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:56 pm by Jonathan.Link

“No, you know my tastes, so I trust your judgment here.” Whether the wine matches her preference is is the polar opposite, she doesn’t show the slightest hint, and merely says “Delightful.” after a sip.
Responding to his question about where she’s been, “Preparing for the coming storm. Now that I’ve done my duty, I’ve come to see to my children, that they are preparing. Are you ready for it, filius carus?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:24 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Preparing for the coming storm. Now that I’ve done my duty, I’ve come to see to my children, that they are preparing. Are you ready for it, filius carus?”

Stultus considers. “Which storm? I can see two brewing on the horizon, so if you can elaborate on that, it would be terrific.” He takes a very small sip of wine, swirling it in his mouth before swallowing. “In either case, though, I believe myself to be ready. And, now that you’re here, I know I can rely on you to point out any shortcomings in my preparation. In your usual … mmm… gentle and genteel fashion, of course.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:51 pm by Jonathan.Link

“There is only one storm coming. I’m not here to critique you. If you believe yourself ready for the storm, then there is little I can… say that would convince you otherwise. In any event, you are a good deal more prepared than Eskil, and that is the true reason why I’m here. You should make yourself unavailable to her for some time, the rest of the season, and all of next should be sufficient.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:53 pm by Marko Markoko

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:((If it weren’t winter, I’d say Fiona here’s crickets. ))
They don’t speak, and the wind just howls around them. Grogs are nearby, as this isn’t far from the south gate. They report that they have just stood there, and that they came with a magus named Cumhachd, who knew Tranquillina and Stultus both. They go on to say that she went into the regio entrance and said she was taking up residence in Tribunal city.

She takes a step toward them, just to see if they’ll let her go through. When they stand fast, she grumbles and goes around them. “Is it safe for them to be blocking the path like that? What did Roberto say about…that,” she asks, waving vaguely at Larry, Curly, and Moe over there.

Carlos just happens to be hanging out there at that moment. Under orders to keep an eye on these guys.
He put it all on Payaso’s shoulders, and stated that if there is an emergency and we need to get in there for any reason, Roberto expects them to move or he will provide motion for them

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:10 pm by Jonathan.Link

((The reality is that they have effectively blocked off one of the regio entrances leading to the other side. This is the exact same regio entrance that allowed magi coming to the Tribunal by mundane means were able to enter the Tribunal City. This is outside of the Aegis boundary, and effectively frees any of the grogs assigned to watch to having to worry too much about someone accessing it while the men are in front of it. And Thanks, I missed Fiona’s query.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:20 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“In any event, you are a good deal more prepared than Eskil, and that is the true reason why I’m here. You should make yourself unavailable to her for some time, the rest of the season, and all of next should be sufficient.”

Stutlus’s eyebrows climb up, and he gives Cumhachd a disbelieving look over the rim of his cup. “Why of COURSE, mater cara!” he says in an overly cheerful, scenery-chewing falsetto. “Being as how we’re formally declared Rivals, I’d be DELIGHTED to just get out of your way and let your plans proceed!” His voice drops back into its normal register, becoming calm and reasonable. “Come on, Mommy Dearest. I can’t do that. You know as well as I do that I can’t do that, and you know the reasons why.” Besides the rivalry, he’s also no longer her apprentice — she can’t reasonably expect him to hop just because she said ‘frog’.

“However!” He holds up a finger, trying to forestall an objection from Cumhachd. “Tranquillina does have things to learn. She does have glaring weaknesses she needs to address, and I cannot deny your skill in… helping people prepare for the unexpected. So there is room for negotiation here. I’d like to propose a deal. Are you willing to listen?”

(( As an aside, I’m really, really amused at the realization that “Mater Cara” can be translated as “Mommy Dearest”. Adds a certain je ne sais quoi to their interaction. Or, as a friend of mine used to say, “adds a certain Jenny Sasquatch”. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:42 pm by Jonathan.Link

Appearing to change the subject, “Have the magi of this covenant told you about this place? Connections to the magic realm, site of a former Diedne covenant, and especially about the founder?” Cumhachd gets up and walks to the room with the ceremonial space and continues to work in the space while conversing with Stultus.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:53 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:Appearing to change the subject, “Have the magi of this covenant told you about this place? Connections to the magic realm, site of a former Diedne covenant, and especially about the founder?” Cumhachd gets up and walks to the room with the ceremonial space and continues to work in the space while conversing with Stultus.

Stultus quirks his head to one side, curious about where Cumhachd’s going with this: he stands and follows the woman, leaning against the door frame (well out of the way) and watching her work. “Well, they haven’t told me very much”, he says, subtly stressing the word ‘told’. “However, I’m tolerably well informed of the history, and the implications.” Cumhachd would certainly know about his skill in information gathering. She taught him a great deal of it, after all, although the pupil is well on his way to catching up with the master.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:08 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Who was the founder of this covenant?” She smiles and give Stultus an direct look.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:13 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Who was the founder of this covenant?” She smiles and give Stultus an direct look.

Stultus frowns, rubbing his forehead. “Give me a second, I’m trying to remember. Zen—something… no, no, I’m sorry, I remember now! Apollodorus of Jerbiton, of course.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:19 pm by Jonathan.Link

“There was no Apollodorus of Jerbiton. He is a phantom.” She chuckles at that. “I can presume that by your almost saying something else that you know the correct name and lineage.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:22 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus smiles, inclining his head. “You raised a Fool, Mater Cara. You didn’t raise an idiot.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:50 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Do you enjoy your Gentle Gift?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:03 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus chuckles quietly. “Whether I enjoy it or it enjoys me is still an open question, but… I couldn’t be what I am or do what I do without it. So on balance, I’d say yes.” He regards Cumhachd with interest, content for the moment to field her questions as they come — he’s really curious what she’s leading up to.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Don’t you wonder why Eskil doesn’t have it?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:28 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus blinks. “I can’t say that that particular question has ever crossed my mind, no. I’ve always assumed it is inborn, just like its mirror image. But…” he says slowly, his gaze wandering about the room as he thinks out loud “… I’ve heard of magical accidents that inflicted the Blatant Gift upon an apprentice.” His eyes snap back to Cumhachd. “That’s a really interesting implication, Mater Cara.” Two interesting implications, actually. No, three. The question is, which one is Cumhachd talking about?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:43 pm by Jonathan.Link

“I gave it to you, because you can handle it. Eskil, I determined early on could never have been able to handle it.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:27 am by cunningrat1

Stultus quirks an eyebrow. “Well, then. I suppose thanks are owed for your… gentle gift of the Gentle Gift.” He takes a sip of the wine. “And Tranquillina may yet surprise you with what she can and cannot handle. Although, granted, the Gentle Gift would have been approximately as useful to her as teats on a bullfrog.”
(( Peregrine, don’t post that image again, that was sick and wrong. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:50 am by Jonathan.Link

“No thanks are necessary, I did what I did, not for you, but because of you, who you were at the time, and who I expected you to become. You still haven’t put it together have you, filus carus? Have the two of you even discussed the proximal timing with which you could have been my apprentice simultaneously? Have you not both discovered the similarity of your time before entering into my tutelage? And the only thing that surprises me is that she continues to think I harass her, when she does a much more efficient job of that to herself.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:17 am by cunningrat1

Stultus smiles. Two out of the three things she said are no news to him — the only thing that catches his attention is Cumhachd’s comment about his background pre-apprenticeship being similar to Eskil’s. He makes a note to discuss that with Tranquillina at the earliest opportunity.

“I think you’re … imprecise, mater cara. It is Cumhachd ex Tytalus who hounds Tranquillina mercilessly. It is Cumhachd ex Tytalus who points out her mistakes, real or imagined, on a daily basis. The Cumhachd ex Tytalus who lives in her head.” He shrugs. “If Tranquillina knew she was doing it to herself… well. Things would certainly be different.”
He smiles again. “As to the rest of it — perhaps I haven’t put it together. As you’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, I can’t pour piss out of a boot without written instructions on the heel. Please, mater cara, I await your wisdom. Enlighten me.”
This ought to be good…

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Now who is being imprecise? It is a phantom of Cumhachd that Eskil has created. Instead of owning up to her own problems, she gives this phantom all the power. And when I appear on the scene, it is effortless for me to assume the role she has already prepared for me. She shades all of my actions in the preconceptions she has developed by working with her own phantom.”
Cumhachd smiles, when Stultus asks to be enlightened, “You wish to adopt a more teacher/student role? Something we didn’t do before? The irony… No, I instead suggest you figure it out yourself, you might even believe it then.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:29 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus smiles softly, nodding to himself. He’s silent for a few moments. “I’ve missed this, mater cara. Talking with you… dissecting issues, sharing insight… crossing swords.”

(( JL, were you planning to have her bring the conversation back to this proposed ‘deal’? I’d like to give Stultus an IC reason to take a back seat in the story, but he wouldn’t be able to do that without getting something from Cumhachd in return. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:36 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Oh, he’ll get it alright. I’m just waiting for something from gerg before I proceed too far.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:09 pm by Jonathan.Link

Cumhachd doesn’t acknowledge the compliment with anything other than a smile, "You understand the concept of a name. And at your Gauntlet, you didn’t stumble over your name when you swore the Oath. But you’ve seen it when a new magus does. And all the magi present laugh it off. I don’t know that it has ever happened for a Tytalus, perhaps it has, but when you’ve wrested your future from the person who was holding it, one typically doesn’t look back. But what does that mean when a new magus slips up and uses their old name at Gauntlet? And I’m not talking at all about those who retain their name at gauntlet, that’s a different discussion altogether.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:14 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus smirks. As he remembers it, he not only didn’t stumble over his name, he said it as loudly as he could, just to watch people cringe.

“Not all names are the same. If I go around calling myself Count von Schadenfreude, it doesn’t change who I am inside. But the assumption of a Hermetic name is something quite different. It’s a rebirth, a reinvention of self. So when a magus stumbles… it means that on some level, at that time, they are not yet ready. A part of them wants to stay in the womb a while longer, where it is warm and safe.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:01 pm by Jonathan.Link

“And this is where we come to it. On the day of her gauntlet I was present, which probably surprised her, but shouldn’t have mattered. She stumbled, she started saying her given name. Eskil has never been able to say her chosen name in front of me, without stumbling. Let me ask you to hazard a guess. Do you think the phantom she has concocted calls her by her chosen name? I call her Eskil because she wants me to call her Eskil. Did you notice how she practically begged me to call her Tranquillina?” she smiles as she says the name, “There, I’ve proven I can say it.” And continues on, “She tried to bargain with me to say it, but you can’t do that with your name, with your identity if you hold any value to it yourself. She has to take it back from herself, from the phantom, who I promise you never calls her Tranquillina, either.”

“I’m sure you can see the danger in sharing any of this with her, you tell her, and she’ll think she has the upper hand on me, but she won’t. Her phantom will continue to call her Eskil. She has to come to this determination on her own. And it’s not going to be easy. But I’ll be here for as long as it takes.”
She pats him on the cheek, “No do be a dear and run a long, or commune with me to bring my laboratory here.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:18 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“I’m sure you can see the danger in sharing any of this with her, you tell her, and she’ll think she has the upper hand on me, but she won’t. Her phantom will continue to call her Eskil. She has to come to this determination on her own.”

Stultus gives Cumhachd a look. “Go teach your grandmother to suck eggs, mater cara. I have absolutely no intention of sharing anything we’ve discussed.” Acting on the information received, however, is a different matter, and he very carefully says nothing about that.

Jonathan.Link wrote:She pats him on the cheek, “No do be a dear and run a long, or commune with me to bring my laboratory here.”

The dwarf nods and makes his goodbyes. Exeunt Stultus, stage left.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:31 pm by Jonathan.Link

As Stultus goes out of the villa he can hear Cumhachd say, I told you he wouldn’t do it. I left him a small opportunity to get a favor from me, and he left it."
“He’s not out of earshot.”
“I don’t care, and you don’t care, either, apparently. I’ve missed our debates.”

Stultus is pushed gently out of the villa, and the door shuts, behind him

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:34 pm by cunningrat1 Stultus goes out of the villa he can hear Cumhachd say, I told you he wouldn’t do it. I left him a small opportunity to get a favor from me, and he left it."

(( Wait, what? I missed that. Probably should have paid more attention, but today was the day from HELL at work.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:46 pm by Jonathan.Link

cunningrat1 wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:She pats him on the cheek, “No do be a dear and run a long, or commune (emphasis added) with me to bring my laboratory here.”

The dwarf nods and makes his goodbyes. Exeunt Stultus, stage left.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:48 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:
cunningrat1 wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:She pats him on the cheek, “No do be a dear and run a long, or commune (emphasis added) with me to bring my laboratory here.”

The dwarf nods and makes his goodbyes. Exeunt Stultus, stage left.

facepalms again
Oh well. Opportunity missed.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:03 pm by Jonathan.Link

((But I gave with the other hand…))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:07 pm by cunningrat1

(( Is that anything like giving at the office?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:24 pm by Jonathan.Link

Loys and Choiniere arrive with food for Cumhachd and her men. When they arrive she is cordial to them and very friendly. Of course, her Gentle Gift puts them at ease, and they may even think that Tranquillina is laying it on a bit thick depending on what horror stories might have been overheard or told to them ((I need a bit of detail on these characters, found Loys, need Choiniere)). When they arrive the men aren’t visible anywhere, and she doesn’t mention them. They will note that there is what appears to be a fully functional Hermetic Lab, as far as they can tell, and that she appears to made herself comfortable and at home. If they offer their services to her on a semi-permanent basis, as Tranquillina suggested, Cumhachd will accept and see to their own comforts, as well, while they stay with her.

Other than food, she doesn’t need anything, and she never requests very much.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:26 pm by gerg

((There’s nothing on Choiniere at the moment – it’s just a name sometimes when I need to specify a servant.))

Loys would certainly recognize a Hermetic laboratory – he spent half a year cataloguing that sort of equipment for Tranquillina. When he describes the setup to Tranquillina, she is furious. “That disease-ridden swamp hag parasitic cunt,” she bellows (in Gaelic, although Loys is pretty sure he gets the gist of it), “thinks she can glide into my home and set up a fucking laboratory?!” Unfortunately the Code of Hermes doesn’t seem to contain an explicit prohibition against anything that Cumhachd has done so far; in fact, blocking the entrance to the regio seems more iffy than anything about the new lab.

Tranquillina insists upon a council meeting that very night (so maybe a night or two after Cumhachd’s arrival) and rages at her covenant-mates: “This member of our supposed Order is trespassing on Mons Electi grounds – nay, even blocking access to said grounds, hampering our turb’s ability to provide for our security. She is showing every sign of installing herself in the Tribunal city, indefinitely. She has already taunted us over the inability of our Aegis to keep her from running amok in this very mansion should she so choose. And do not for one minute think that she is unaware of this Tribunal’s conventions regarding sanctioned harassment of other magi. Will we act now to evict her? or must we wait until we find our sheep stolen or poisoned – our silver pillaged – our covenfolk murdered?!”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:44 pm by Ulfengaard

gerg wrote:“She has already taunted us over the inability of our Aegis to keep her from running amok in this very mansion should she so choose.”

Gerulf, with his customary goblet of wine at his side, stands. Sitting next to her as usual, he must turn to face Tranquillina, “Would her behavior thus far not suggest, then, that she does not intend, as yet, to ‘run amok’?”

gerg wrote:“And do not for one minute think that she is unaware of this Tribunal’s conventions regarding sanctioned harassment of other magi. Will we act now to evict her? or must we wait until we find our sheep stolen or poisoned – our silver pillaged – our covenfolk murdered?!”

His brow furrows. “Tranquillina, I can see that this is a serious issue for you, but,” he says, turning to face the rest of the covenant, “though I am only a provisional member, I would posit that there is little to suggest an imminent threat to the covenant. Perhaps this blockade at the door should be discussed, but it hardly merits… I’m sorry, Tranquillina. It hardly merits expulsion. Not yet, at any rate,” he says. Becoming somewhat self-conscious in his first address to the covenant, he quickly sits down, taking a sip of wine.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:03 am by cunningrat1

Stultus is present at the council meeting… and for the time being is keeping his mouth firmly SHUT. Uncharacteristic of him. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:26 am by gerg

((Stultus is like: there is a certain threshold of bear above which even I will note poke…. ))

Ulfengaard wrote:Gerulf, with his customary goblet of wine at his side, stands. Sitting next to her as usual, he must turn to face Tranquillina, “Would her behavior thus far not suggest, then, that she does not intend, as yet, to ‘run amok’?”

“I find her behavior provocative in the extreme, to be frank,” Tranquillina counters, almost before Gerulf can finish his sentence. “Without even mentioning her attitude and insulting comments towards our Flambeau brethren: she did not ask our permission to enter our regio, nor to set up her personal toll-gatherers at its entrance – and let us not forget there are six other men, magical men mighty to deflect a friendly Corpus spell I tried to help them with, whose whereabouts are unknown. They could be lurking anywhere on our grounds by now…. And in any case,” she veers, “Her ‘behavior thus far’ includes much more than what you have seen. I have known her for decades. Trust me, no deed is vile enough to be beneath her, if some whim occurs to her.”

Ulfengaard wrote:His brow furrows. “Tranquillina, I can see that this is a serious issue for you, but,” he says, turning to face the rest of the covenant, “though I am only a provisional member, I would posit that there is little to suggest an imminent threat to the covenant. Perhaps this blockade at the door should be discussed, but it hardly merits… I’m sorry, Tranquillina. It hardly merits expulsion. Not yet, at any rate,” he says. Becoming somewhat self-conscious in his first address to the covenant, he quickly sits down, taking a sip of wine.

Tranquillina turns towards the younger magus, her mouth silently open for a moment. It is easy to see the hurt in her eyes, and for a moment Gerulf might feel a bit of guilt over this perceived betrayal, before reminding himself that rational discourse is never the fault of the deliverer, only the recipient. “Well, good then, your half vote is noted,” she offers with noticeable acidity, and is instantly sorry for it. “I hope that others here might put more faith in my ability to judge the character of one more potential threat to our already imperiled covenant.” She looks at the other magi, hoping for support from another quarter.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:10 am by cunningrat1

(( Problem is, Stultus will HAVE to poke the bear. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:19 am by cunningrat1

Stultus opens his mouth long enough to say one thing. “Sodales, as some of you know, Cumhachd ex Tytalus is both my mater and a formally declared Rival. Some of you may question my ability to remain impartial where she is concerned, because my emotions may be clouding my judgment. Therefore, while I will give the Council my opinion, I hereby recuse myself from voting on the matter.” He then returns to keeping his mouth shut.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:57 am by Jonathan.Link

“Maybe it is an illusion? Her lab, that is. And, to be fair, those men standing at the entrance, if they are men at all, provide security. We don’t want anyone unwelcome sneaking into the regio. And to my knowledge she has not crossed the bridge, once. I submit this is a personal matter, and that you are using this council of magi as a shield or a club to avoid dealing with her. Her descriptions of us while over the top, we’re true.”
Marcus continues, “it is readily apparent to me, that her actions are designed to illicit a response from you, and my experience suggests, and Stultus’s stance would seem to confirm that she is here for you. This is some personal battle between the two of you, is it not? It is… unseemly to involve others in it. Now, I would send her notice that we would view distilling Vis in our aura a hostile act. Maybe describe other things that are hostile. But my guesses she will be as quiet as a mouse, and we won’t notice her, unless we seek her out.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:27 am by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“I submit this is a personal matter, and that you are using this council of magi as a shield or a club to avoid dealing with her. Her descriptions of us while over the top, were true.”

Stultus casts the other Tytalus a grateful glance at that line. He was avoiding saying precisely that for as long as possible, in order to give Tranquillina a chance to save face. Now it looks like he won’t have to.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:31 am by jebrick

Korvin has been listening to the debate without speaking up to this point. Roberto, did you invite her to shelter in the regio as with her men?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:12 pm by Ulfengaard

gerg wrote:“Well, good then, your half vote is noted,” she offers with noticeable acidity

((The bear poking was collateral damage. Gerulf stumbled into the den in the dark. ))

Gerulf takes the strike in stride, though his flexing jaw muscles indicate that he was not unaffected. He casts his eyes down to the table where he taps one finger and chews his lower lip while listening to the rest of the council.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

jebrick wrote:Korvin has been listening to the debate without speaking up to this point. Roberto, did you invite her to shelter in the regio as with her men?

“Excuse me Roberto, but I’ll answer this. No one invited her into the regio. She simply said she was going in and no one stopped her. But I will say that Tranquillina just requested that Roberto have the grogs guard the bridge, which I would take as, if I were in her shoes, an implicit acceptance of the terms of my visit.” He looks at Tranquillina with a somewhat pained look, “I’m sorry that’s how I see this. You didn’t deny her the right to stay. You agreed to the terms.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:09 pm by cunningrat1

(( Okay. I’m confused here. Trying to picture this in my head.

In the mundane world, we have a manor house that is protected by an Aegis. There is an entrance to the regio on the 2nd level of the manor house. There is a second entrance to the regio outside the Aegis.

Within the regio, we have a duplicate manor House, the tribunal field, and various outbuildings/labs/web of bridges/etc.

Do I have this right?

Is there an Aegis within the regio? What does it encompass?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:14 pm by Jonathan.Link

And there is another regio entrance somewhere (known), it’s essentially a contrived setup that allows the boundary of the Aegis to go along the top of Mont Beuvray and also covers the castle on the “magic” side of the regio. It’s all one continuous Aegis Boundary and on the magic side, it covers just the castle and courtyard area, probably extending to the bridge and even up the mountain into Stultus’s sanctum, somehow.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:40 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:
jebrick wrote:Korvin has been listening to the debate without speaking up to this point. Roberto, did you invite her to shelter in the regio as with her men?

“Excuse me Roberto, but I’ll answer this. No one invited her into the regio. She simply said she was going in and no one stopped her. But I will say that Tranquillina just requested that Roberto have the grogs guard the bridge, which I would take as, if I were in her shoes, an implicit acceptance of the terms of my visit.” He looks at Tranquillina with a somewhat pained look, “I’m sorry that’s how I see this. You didn’t deny her the right to stay. You agreed to the terms.”

For now I must agree. She has done nothing to break the hospitality. she is not within the aegis and has refused a token. If she bothers us, other than by her presence, we can withdraw the hospitality as per the Code.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:52 pm by gerg

((Cool, thanks everyone for indulging Tranquillina – all us players knew this is the way it would go down.))
((Also it makes me feel a little better knowing there is an Aegis on the regio side too – I wasn’t quite sure of that. At least these mysterious mighty men might not be running around the hallways outside Tranquillina’s sanctum ))

Tranquillina glares at Marcus, sputtering at the logic of the same man who successfully butted heads with Aristarcus at the Tribunal. To be honest, in Tranquillina’s eyes Marcus acts so much like a Flambeau that she often forgets (perhaps willfully) that he is a member of House Tytalus. Unfortunately, he seems to have a keen understanding of the way Cumhachd is playing this game – and, currently, winning. In the end, finding no support from the Mons Electi council, Tranquillina lapses into a petulant silence and lets the matter drop.

Further endearing herself to the covenfolk, she keeps a grog with her at all times, including outside her bedroom when she sleeps. For two more days she tries to go about her daily business, studying their Finesse summa in the library; but her skin constantly crawls with the knowledge that there is an enemy laying siege to her castle.

((What does she hear from Loys about Cumhachd’s activities over those two days?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:00 pm by Jonathan.Link

Loys is barely around, over the two days (I’m assuming he sleeps in her lab or somewhere nearby) and seems eager to get up every morning and help Cumhachd out, as Tranquillina had previously directed, and he comes back late every night. When questioned about what she’s doing he says, she’s not doing anything that he can tell…

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:10 pm by cunningrat1

(( Gerg, I’d like to do a small scene between Stultus and Tranquillina. Stultus wants to help Tranquillina, but I don’t want to scene hog — and if the conversation goes pear-shaped, as it’s almost guaranteed to, it’ll give him an IC reason to butt the hell out in the future. Would you (and JL)be OK with us doing so, perhaps in a separate sub-thread?))

(( Also, on a completely unrelated note…. Qcipher, are there any defenses on Alexei’s lab and/or living quarters, beyond a stout door and a lock? ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:19 pm by Jonathan.Link

((We can do it here, while Cumhachd continues to drive a wedge between Tranquillina and her servants. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:40 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus sticks his head into the library. “Tranquillina. Just the person I wanted to see. Am I interrupting?” He knows damned well he isn’t interrupting, since he’s timed his entrance about five minutes after Choiniere took in the tray with Tranquillina’s lunch, but it’s polite to ask.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:18 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:Tranquillina insists upon a council meeting that very night (so maybe a night or two after Cumhachd’s arrival) and rages at her covenant-mates: “This member of our supposed Order is trespassing on Mons Electi grounds – nay, even blocking access to said grounds, hampering our turb’s ability to provide for our security. She is showing every sign of installing herself in the Tribunal city, indefinitely. She has already taunted us over the inability of our Aegis to keep her from running amok in this very mansion should she so choose. And do not for one minute think that she is unaware of this Tribunal’s conventions regarding sanctioned harassment of other magi. Will we act now to evict her? or must we wait until we find our sheep stolen or poisoned – our silver pillaged – our covenfolk murdered?!”

((The down side to having a real job…by the time you get home, the scene’s all but over ))

Fiona looks at Tranquillina sternly. This is a side of her sodalis that she’s not seen before, and it catches her quite by surprise. “I’m sorry…who are we talking about? Is she a hedge wizard of some kind masquerading as a Hermetic maga? Is she indeed trespassing?” she asks. “Or was she permitted access through our Aegis to the Tribunal Grounds…which, if I understand correctly, are only nominally ‘ours’, and are not covered by an Aegis. And has she shown any ability to ignore our Aegis, or could she simply be blowing smoke out her arse to get a rise out of you?”

She looks around the table. “Did she, in fact, simply waltz in over our protests and against our will, or was she invited in? Or at least allowed in without protest? These men that are ‘blocking’ access…I had no problem bypassing them last night and this morning.”

cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus opens his mouth long enough to say one thing. “Sodales, as some of you know, Cumhachd ex Tytalus is both my mater and a formally declared Rival. Some of you may question my ability to remain impartial where she is concerned, because my emotions may be clouding my judgment. Therefore, while I will give the Council my opinion, I hereby recuse myself from voting on the matter.” He then returns to keeping his mouth shut.

Fiona silently mouths “Ah” then looks to Tranquillina. “Tranquillina,” she says softly in Gaelic, “I know you and this Cumhachd have a history. Is it possible that you’re letting this history color your judgement?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:34 pm by Ulfengaard

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:((The down side to having a real job…by the time you get home, the scene’s all but over ))

((I think this thread is just particularly fast-paced at the moment. Gerulf, for all intents and purposes, slept through the general alarm. These things just happen, especially if you work a lot of hours.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:33 am by gerg

Ulfengaard wrote:((I think this thread is just particularly fast-paced at the moment.))

((It is, and I thank you all for it!
Also – Jonathan, it’s good to have you back. ))

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona silently mouths “Ah” then looks to Tranquillina. “Tranquillina,” she says softly in Gaelic, “I know you and this Cumhachd have a history. Is it possible that you’re letting this history color your judgement?”

((Let’s just summarize by mentioning the related ideas of bears and poking Tranquillina will have to take a moment tomorrow or the next day to apologize to Fiona for her reaction to this comment. ))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys is barely around, over the two days (I’m assuming he sleeps in her lab or somewhere nearby) and seems eager to get up every morning and help Cumhachd out, as Tranquillina had previously directed, and he comes back late every night. When questioned about what she’s doing he says, she’s not doing anything that he can tell…

“What do you mean nothing, boy?” Tranquillina snaps at Loys. “Is she continuing to set up a laboratory? Is she exploring the surroundings, building something, writing letters, casting spells, spying on the castle, sitting and reading? I need details….” She frowns at him, concerned about the fact that he stays there until so late. “Tomorrow, go do the same thing you’ve been doing; but an hour before sunset, excuse yourself – you are needed at Mons Electi. Do not tell her earlier in the day that you will be leaving early – only at that moment. Meet me on the top floor of the castle half an hour before sunset.”

cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus sticks his head into the library. “Tranquillina. Just the person I wanted to see. Am I interrupting?” He knows damned well he isn’t interrupting, since he’s timed his entrance about five minutes after Choiniere took in the tray with Tranquillina’s lunch, but it’s polite to ask.

Tranquillina has been instructing the kitchen to make her comfort food these past few days. She has just taken her bowl of hearty stew to a side room away from the valuable books; she inhales the comforting aroma and is lifting the first spoonful to her lips when she hears the question. The spoon drops back into the stew, and she does a terrible job hiding her frustrated eye roll as she turns to face the dwarf. ((Prs 2 + Guile 3 + stress die 0 (no botch) = 5.)) “By all means, sodalis,” she responds with slightly gritted teeth, answering the question asked.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:11 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:Tranquillina has been instructing the kitchen to make her comfort food these past few days. She has just taken her bowl of hearty stew to a side room away from the valuable books; she inhales the comforting aroma and is lifting the first spoonful to her lips when she hears the question. The spoon drops back into the stew, and she does a terrible job hiding her frustrated eye roll as she turns to face the dwarf. ((Prs 2 + Guile 3 + stress die 0 (no botch) = 5.)) “By all means, sodalis,” she responds with slightly gritted teeth, answering the question asked.

Stultus responds to the eye roll with an oddly sympathetic look. “Don’t worry. This probably won’t take very long.” He leans against the door-jamb, looking down as he talks.

“First of all, I wanted to apologize to you. I had been meaning since the day I met you to sit down with you. Put our heads together and figure out ahead of time what we were going to do about Cumhachd when she showed up. Come up with a plan, a strategy. But the subject never came up, and… I was content to let it slide.” His head comes up, eyes meeting Tranquillina’s eyes square-on. “And now we’re out of time. My inaction — my reluctance to force the issue — has cost us both, and I’m sorry.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:44 am by gerg

Tranquillina meets Stultus’s belated gaze for a moment. “It is kind of you to apologize,” she offers in a neutral tone. Then she turns back to her meal and continues: “It is kind of you to apologize for – let me understand this – for not informing me that I was incapable of surviving a visit from your mater, and for not aiding me by providing the brainpower I lack to deal with her presence. You are sorry for not saving me, in other words. For not rescuing this damsel in distress, as a knight in shining armor of your own.” She casts a calculated peripheral glance back over her shoulder. “Other than the ‘shining’, I daresay you do not quite fit the part.”

Pleased with her little performance, Tranquillina takes that first bite of her stew. For some reason, the taste is bland and not at all commensurate with the delicious smell she savored a moment before. Irritably she strengthens its peppery taste with a quick cantrip. ((Base 1, +1 Touch, +1 Diam. Sta -3 + Mu 12 + Im 10 + aura 5 = 24, fifthed is 4, good enough even to alter the smell should she wish.))

((Poor Stultus We might as well retitle this thread “Tranquillina Is A Bitch To Everyone” and get it over with ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:55 am by cunningrat1

“Of course, sodalis. I should have realized this right away. Of course you’re capable of dealing with a visit from Cumhachd by yourself, calmly and rationally, without first addling your mind with Mentem magic. My mistake.” He shrugs. “As Cumhachd always said — the problem with teaching a pig to sing is that it wastes your time and annoys the pig. Good day, Eskil.” He turns on his heel and walks out of the door, closing it behind him with perhaps more force than is strictly necessary.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:53 am by Marko Markoko

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
gerg wrote:Tranquillina insists upon a council meeting that very night (so maybe a night or two after Cumhachd’s arrival) and rages at her covenant-mates: “This member of our supposed Order is trespassing on Mons Electi grounds – nay, even blocking access to said grounds, hampering our turb’s ability to provide for our security. She is showing every sign of installing herself in the Tribunal city, indefinitely. She has already taunted us over the inability of our Aegis to keep her from running amok in this very mansion should she so choose. And do not for one minute think that she is unaware of this Tribunal’s conventions regarding sanctioned harassment of other magi. Will we act now to evict her? or must we wait until we find our sheep stolen or poisoned – our silver pillaged – our covenfolk murdered?!”

Roberto is glaring at Stultus the entire time, also remaining silent.
Angry silent.
Until now.
I made a mistake in letting Payaso use his discretion in the matter. This is no longer a Tyatlus thing. It has become a Flambeau thing. I shall see to it she is evicted, with prejudice.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:56 am by Marko Markoko

(it is a fast paced thread. That last comment should be inserted right after someone informed the council entrance to the regio is being blocked.
So Stultus, don’t leave just yet!

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:35 pm by cunningrat1

Marko Markoko wrote:I made a mistake in letting Payaso use his discretion in the matter. This is no longer a Tyatlus thing. It has become a Flambeau thing. I shall see to it she is evicted, with prejudice.

Stultus shakes his head. “Don’t do this, Roberto. To expel someone who has asked for guest-right and been granted it, after the fact, we would need a rock-solid reason and undeniable proof that she means the covenant harm. The consequences otherwise would be unconscionable.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:36 pm by cunningrat1

(( Double post deleted.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:47 pm by Jonathan.Link

((IMO, as I’m reading the thread, several of the voting members of the council have said to leave her be, for the time being, which basically means it is not a Flambeau matter. I certainly don’t see this becoming a majority choice to evict her. If Roberto and Tranquillina want to evict her, it probably would now come up as a formal vote. Tranquillina, by bringing this to the council, and letting them have their say certainly suggests that Roberto cannot now act as he would desire. Tranquillina would have been better served by going to Roberto directly to try and evict her, but she brought in the whole council. Which, I love, it’s the passive-aggressive action that is going on in this thread that it is making it so awesome.))

gerg wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys is barely around, over the two days (I’m assuming he sleeps in her lab or somewhere nearby) and seems eager to get up every morning and help Cumhachd out, as Tranquillina had previously directed, and he comes back late every night. When questioned about what she’s doing he says, she’s not doing anything that he can tell…

“What do you mean nothing, boy?” Tranquillina snaps at Loys. “Is she continuing to set up a laboratory? Is she exploring the surroundings, building something, writing letters, casting spells, spying on the castle, sitting and reading? I need details….” She frowns at him, concerned about the fact that he stays there until so late. “Tomorrow, go do the same thing you’ve been doing; but an hour before sunset, excuse yourself – you are needed at Mons Electi. Do not tell her earlier in the day that you will be leaving early – only at that moment. Meet me on the top floor of the castle half an hour before sunset.”

Loys appears cowed, and somewhat annoyed, but doesn’t voice any resistance to Tranquillina, “You misunderstand me. She has a fully functional lab setup in the villa, at least so far as I can tell.. I’m not sure what she’s doing in the lab. When I’m there,” Loys seems really reluctant to say anything, “we talk about things. Discuss Plato and other stuff.” When she tells him to be back an hour earlier, he displays a slight smile, “Yes, maga.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:55 pm by gerg

cunningrat1 wrote:“Of course, sodalis. I should have realized this right away. Of course you’re capable of dealing with a visit from Cumhachd by yourself, calmly and rationally, without first addling your mind with Mentem magic. My mistake.” He shrugs. “As Cumhachd always said — the problem with teaching a pig to sing is that it wastes your time and annoys the pig. Good day, Eskil.” He turns on his heel and walks out of the door, closing it behind him with perhaps more force than is strictly necessary.

((Oh, I feel bad, cunningrat! I’m sorry Tranquillina isn’t receptive to a scene with Stultus right now. It was nice of you to try ))

As her stew slowly cools, Tranquillina sits steaming before it, the muscles in her neck tight as a ship’s halyard. She tries to continue eating, but the dish is flavorless and dull; she magically intensifies its taste again, then a third time, until it is actually physically harming her tongue. Disgusted, she shoves the meal away, not even half-finished. She repairs to the main room of the library (she has to pull twice on the door, it’s a little stuck) and turns a hundred pages or so later in Threading the Hermetic Needle, finding the chapter “Optic Species”. Her practice for the afternoon consists almost exlusively of crafting images of Cumhachd being executed or murdered in all the ways she can think of. At some point, Alexandria becomes unable to tolerate the angry “Ha!”s interjected every now and again, and has to leave the library completely.

After yet another night spent more awake than asleep, the first thing Tranquillina does after rising and raising her Parma Magica is to go to one of the wax tablets in her laboratory, cast By His Works on herself, and slowly make a tally as she verifies her recollection. ((Sta -3 + Cr 6 + Me 10 = already high enough to spont the Level 5 spell (HoH:TL page 73); botch check negative.)) After catching her breath and rubbing her eyes, she turns her cloak into a serviceable dress and storms into Yves d’Aurillac’s carrel. “Good morning: I would like you to take the following dictation,” she says in a tone conveying the task’s non-optionalness. “Address it to Stultus ex Tytalus, from Tranquillina Bonisagi ex Max – no, just Tranquillina Bonisagi. ‘While the first sixty words of your response to me yesterday in the library were not kind, you were within your rights to say them. Where the sixty-first word was concerned, however, you were not. I expect you to apologize.’ No salutation, no complimentary close; simple wax seal. Have one of the servants deliver it to his sanctum.” She departs without another word.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:08 pm by Ulfengaard

gerg wrote:She repairs to the main room of the library (she has to pull twice on the door, it’s a little stuck) and turns a hundred pages or so later in Threading the Hermetic Needle, finding the chapter “Optic Species”. Her practice for the afternoon consists almost exlusively of crafting images of Cumhachd being executed or murdered in all the ways she can think of. At some point, Alexandria becomes unable to tolerate the angry “Ha!”s interjected every now and again, and has to leave the library completely.

Gerulf returns from lunch and settles back down with The Stag, The Hound, and The Prince of the Seven Crowns. He remains focused on his work save for a few concerned glances, and the two study in something of a cold silence with only Tranquillina’s occasional outbursts cutting through the thick air. He watches as Alexandria leaves and observes that it is near to suppertime anyway. He quietly closes the book but leaves it in place for tomorrow’s studies. As he approaches the door, he turns to say something just as Tranquillina emits another ‘Ha’. The sudden stop seems to cause him to reconsider, and he quietly shuts the door behind him as he leaves.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:21 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:((Tranquillina would have been better served by going to Roberto directly to try and evict her))

((Hopefully Tranquillina will realize this and store it as a tactic for next time ))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys appears cowed, and somewhat annoyed, but doesn’t voice any resistance to Tranquillina, “You misunderstand me. She has a fully functional lab setup in the villa, at least so far as I can tell.. I’m not sure what she’s doing in the lab. When I’m there,” Loys seems really reluctant to say anything, “we talk about things. Discuss Plato and other stuff.” When she tells him to be back an hour earlier, he displays a slight smile, “Yes, maga.”

Tranquillina isn’t pleased with Loys’s reluctance to give details, but lets it go for now and dismisses him. After a moment or two, the full significance of his report sinks in. Her lab – already functional? That’s … some serious magic, to get that set up usably in less than a week. A drop of admiration for the magical task is quickly drowned in a torrent of outrage over Cumhachd’s unwanted presence.

If nothing happens by the next sunset: Tranquillina will be waiting in the ceremonial casting chamber. Her undisguised face makes her look all of fifteen years old; her dress is not at all revealing, but might be a little tighter-fitting than completely necessary. She has definitely used her cloak’s Aura of Ennobled Presence effect on herself. When Loys arrives, she instructs him to report on Cumhachd’s activities and words for the day.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:44 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:" Have one of the servants deliver it to his sanctum."

You may take it as a given that there is no response.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

“We were discussing rhetoric today, maga.” This is one of the very first things Cumhachd did to Tranquillina before taking her as an apprentice.
“She also asked me what I know about the Order, but I told her you hadn’t taught me anything about wizarding ways, yet.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:19 pm by gerg

“Hmm, very well, Loys: I trust you to know the difference between general topics and private Mons Electi information,” Tranquillina says with a polite nod. “Now, I would like to confirm, for our own peace of mind, that you have not been exposed to any sort of subtle magic while in Cumhachd’s presence. I am going to cast a spell; you might feel a little bit nauseous – you know about that side effect of my magic – but it will quickly pass.” She then spends a few minutes ceremonially casting an Intellego Vim spell to detect Hermetic magic, and if possible any details thereof, of spells that might be active on Loys. ((Rolling up for Base level; R: Touch +1, D: Mom; T: Touch magical sense +1. Sta -3 + In 6 + Vi 7 + words/gestures 2 + Artes Liberales 1 + ceremonial chamber 5 + aura 5 + stress die 8 = 31, halved is 16. Good enough for a Base level 5 spell: “Detect any active magic.”))
((If she discovers anything, let me know; I’ll go on assuming that she finds nothing.)) “That is good – I expected nothing, but better safe than sorry.” She sits for a minute or two to catch her breath; without an altered visage, her recent insomnia is not hard to spot.

“Now, I need you to give me your full attention,” Tranquillina continues, choosing her words slowly and carefully for maximum effect. (Loys is no doubt happy to focus all his senses upon the maga….) “Cumhachd ex Tytalus is many things, and perhaps you find that a pleasant conversational partner is one of those facets; but you must understand that she is extremely dangerous and self-serving.” As she pauses for effect, she secretly casts Shroud Magic, so that the next spell she casts (if within two minutes) will not manifest her sigil. Even though Loys was serving her in the lab when she recently invented the spell, she doesn’t think he understands exactly what it was, nor does she think he would suspect a spell being cast at any given moment when there are no words or gestures to betray it. ((Sta -3 + Mu 12 + Vi 7 + Mastery 1 – words/gestures 10 (mitigated by Quiet Casting mastery) + aura 5 + stress die 1 / exploder 10 = 32, for the level 15 spell. Must be fresh in her mind!))

“I do not need you in my laboratory at the moment, and it is good to have someone trustworthy keep an eye on our visitor; but do not forget that your loyalty is to me and the other members of your home, even while you strive to put Cumhachd at ease.” With the eye contact engendered by this monologue, Tranquillina secretly casts Aura of Rightful Authority upon Loys. ((Sta -3 + Re 9 + Me 10 + Mastery 2 – words/gestures 5 (mitigated by Mastery) + aura 10 + stress die 5 = 28, for the level 20 spell.) She finishes her speech with a hand on Loys’s shoulder: “It is very important that you observe and remember all you can, about Cumhachd’s home and activities, and about the content of your conversation. And speak as you like on general matters or on the topics she introduces: but definitely do not give her any information about Mons Electi, or about myself. She is both cunning and devious, and one cannot predict how she might use even an innocuous remark to our disadvantage. Do you understand, Loys?” she smiles winsomely. ((Leadership roll: Com 3 + Leadership 1 + Ennobled Presence 3 + Rightful Authority 3? + stress die 5 = 15.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:42 pm by Jonathan.Link

Nothing was found. Is Tranquillina going to repeat the check on a nightly basis?
I’ll skip forward through a couple of days, there is no sign of spells cast upon Loys, and presuming you check Choiniere, she hasn’t been tampered with, either.
“Of course, I understand.” His response seems oddly forceful, especially in light of the Aura of Rightful Authority. How often has Loys been the subject of Mentem effects, since he’s been in Tranquillina’s service?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:33 pm by gerg

I wasn’t even sure she was going to check more than once. Certainly no more than what you’ve described.

What do you mean by “forceful”? Like, willful? or trying too hard to agree? Tranquillina will try to figure out what he meant by his tone. ((Per 2 + Folk Ken 3 + stress die 9 = 14.))

In general, Loys probably gets Mentemed once every two months over the past year (maybe less frequently before that – unsure). Now that you mention it, Tranquillina should cast Perception of the Conflicting Motives on him now, while she’s being paranoid. And I guess Choiniere too. Each time with Shroud Magic first, and each time silently and without gestures. As in my previous post, her Casting Total is 12 + stress die for the level 15 Shroud Magic; it’s Sta -3 + In 6 + Me 10 + Mastery 2 – words/gestures 5 (mitigated by Mastery) + aura 5 + stress die = 15 + stress die for the level 15 Perception of the Conflicting Motives. So the only question is whether the Shrouds fatigue her. Here are the rolls; the Loys Shroud did fatigue her.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:39 pm by Jonathan.Link

His response was forceful, as in, of course I’m telling the truth.

Perception of the conflicting motives indicates that he still feels a sense of duty. His sense of devotion to Tranquillina is taking a hit, though. He sees Cumhachd as a source of great wisdom, and he trusts her.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:17 pm by gerg

Oh this will definitely not happen, Tranquillina growls to herself. She has Edward le Grand and Jehanne assigned to her person for the following day, and she has one of the kitchen boys fetch some crab apple verjus from the stores, instructing him in great detail about how to serve it and what to do afterwards. She casts the same spells upon her person as she did when receiving Cumhachd the first time. Early that afternoon, after Cumhachd has had time to finish her lunch, Tranquillina takes the two grogs and the servant across the long bridge to the Tribunal plateau and to Cumhachd’s villa. (Both grogs are wearing their armor; Jehanne in particular has had his bespelled to look like a dress, as he prefers, to provide maximum distraction.) She looks very carefully for any sign of a sanctum marker. If she sees one, she angrily has Edward pound on the door. If there is no sanctum marker, she tells the grogs to enter ahead of her without knocking.

“Where are your nine men, who were so close to death’s door when you stumbled across my covenant?” is the first thing Tranquillina says to Cumhachd. She motions for the servant to pour each maga a goblet of the very sour semi-delicacy, hoping that the unexpected taste startles Cumhachd a little.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

The villa door does not have a sanctum marker.

The party barges in, Cumhachd is sitting chatting with Loys. “Loys, be a dear, and run along. This may be unpleasant.”

In response to the query about her men, “Oh, I’ve seen to their needs, now that we’re out of the storm. Three are standing guard at the regio entrance, assisting with security. The clime in this regio is so much more pleasant, and so they are no longer in distress.” Cumhachd takes a sip of the offered drink, and while she doesn’t spit it out, she seems to show a momentary dissatisfaction. “A bit more sour than I expected. But about as weak as expected.” A Folk Ken check of 9 will determine that her reaction was a a bit over the top. “I appreciate what hospitality you’ve been able to provide. It’s been good to find out how you’ve settled in here.” She smiles warmly. “This regio, and the Tribunal’s reaction to it was quite the talk of the Levant and Theban Tribunals, you know. Even vis rich Thebes thought this place was a marvel.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:19 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd takes a sip of the offered drink, and while she doesn’t spit it out, she seems to show a momentary dissatisfaction. “A bit more sour than I expected. But about as weak as expected.” A Folk Ken check of 9 will determine that her reaction was a a bit over the top.

((Prs 2 + Folk Ken 3 + stress die 1 / exploder 8 = 21. Tell me everything…. ))
“Ah, you don’t like it?” Tranquillina responds, taking another taste herself, which makes her squeeze her eyes shut with a smile. “This liqueur hails from the Provençal Tribunal. Does it not make one salivate, truly? What a vibrant taste, if somewhat acquired – you are not the first to quit after the first sip.” She puts her bejewelled cup (Cumhachd’s is noticeably plainer) on the table in front of her chair.

Jonathan.Link wrote:In response to the query about her men, “Oh, I’ve seen to their needs, now that we’re out of the storm. Three are standing guard at the regio entrance, assisting with security. The clime in this regio is so much more pleasant, and so they are no longer in distress.”

“Yes, we know well about your three toll gatherers outside the regio. But where are the other six? News of your party’s arrival has spread throughout our covenfolk, of course – one cannot prevent that – and it would be preferable for us to reassure our shepherds that there is no magical danger stalking them in the fields.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:“I appreciate what hospitality you’ve been able to provide. It’s been good to find out how you’ve settled in here.” She smiles warmly. “This regio, and the Tribunal’s reaction to it was quite the talk of the Levant and Theban Tribunals, you know. Even vis rich Thebes thought this place was a marvel.”

“Clearly your reaction is positive as well,” Tranquillina points out, “since you seem to be settling down for a long stay. One might conclude that you find a cold stone villa in an abandoned city to be more comfortable than your own sanctum at Lamh nam Monadh.” Tranquillina makes a show of wrinkling her brow. “But, speaking of which … you mention the talk of eastern Tribunals – are you fully traveling these days? Trouble at home, perhaps…?” She clucks sympathetically.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:13 am by Jonathan.Link

Cumhachd was putting Tranquillina on. “You must have forgotten that I enjoy a sip of vinegar now and again, to help maintain my health and vigor, without relying upon Corpus magics. At first, I thought you had remembered, but then I detected far too much sweetness in this.” ((Whether Tranquillina displayed any sense of joy over this triumph is up to you. Depends on how deep you want to play the game with Cumhachd. And will she be able to tell that you can tell, and then starts playing Tranquillina’s game.))

“The six are secure. Rest assured. And your shepherds have nothing to worry about. They are flesh, and flesh does what it’s told.” She smiles warmly at Tranquillina.

Getting down into the meat of the conversation, when Tranquillina begins discussing the regio, “My reaction is. If you wish to characterize it as a positive one, you may. Of course, as soon as we begin lableing things, they begin to be only their label, and nothing more. For example, you’ve put the label of traveller on me, and then proceed to question me as to whether I have had trouble at home, so one could surmise that you view travellers as people avoiding trouble. But, you discount my label as a maga of Tytalus, and we do not run from trouble, unlike some other Houses. Rest assured, had there been trouble at Lamh nam Monadh, I would have returned in but an instant, and confronted and defeated it utterly. To answer your questions, no, there is no trouble at Lamh nam Monadh, or I don’t know that there is, since I am no longer a member there, and yes, I’ve been on a pilgrimage of sorts.” Leaving the specifics of her pilgrimage aside, she goes into other matters, “So tell me, Eskil, have you finally begun your research, or are you merely another Bonisagus truckler?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:50 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd was putting Tranquillina on. “You must have forgotten that I enjoy a sip of vinegar now and again, to help maintain my health and vigor, without relying upon Corpus magics. At first, I thought you had remembered, but then I detected far too much sweetness in this.” ((Whether Tranquillina displayed any sense of joy over this triumph is up to you. Depends on how deep you want to play the game with Cumhachd. And will she be able to tell that you can tell, and then starts playing Tranquillina’s game.))

((There’s a limit to how much joy she could display, thanks to the Mentem spell; but I think probably a satisfied smile at least. I see this as one of these games where each person can maddeningly pretend that the final position was the one they were aiming for all along – Tranquillina is like haha I got you to drink more, Cumhachd is like haha I got you to think you could manipulate me when I wanted it all along, etc. In truth, Tranquillina realized her goal when Cumhachd touched her lips to the goblet, so the more she’s focused on the game of how much should I drink, the better it is.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:“The six are secure. Rest assured. And your shepherds have nothing to worry about. They are flesh, and flesh does what it’s told.” She smiles warmly at Tranquillina.

Tranquillina rubs her chin, looking thoughtfully up at the ceiling. She says nothing in direct response, but Cumhachd’s words have given her an idea. And she’s happy to look like she got an idea, and for Cumhachd not to know what it is.

Jonathan.Link wrote:Getting down into the meat of the conversation, when Tranquillina begins discussing the regio, “My reaction is. If you wish to characterize it as a positive one, you may. Of course, as soon as we begin lableing things, they begin to be only their label, and nothing more. For example, you’ve put the label of traveller on me, and then proceed to question me as to whether I have had trouble at home, so one could surmise that you view travellers as people avoiding trouble. But, you discount my label as a maga of Tytalus, and we do not run from trouble, unlike some other Houses. Rest assured, had there been trouble at Lamh nam Monadh, I would have returned in but an instant, and confronted and defeated it utterly. To answer your questions, no, there is no trouble at Lamh nam Monadh, or I don’t know that there is, since I am no longer a member there, and yes, I’ve been on a pilgrimage of sorts.” Leaving the specifics of her pilgrimage aside, she goes into other matters, “So tell me, Eskil, have you finally begun your research, or are you merely another Bonisagus truckler?”

Tranquillina is genuinely curious about this unexpected information – and it’s all the better that asking about it affords her an opportunity to be snarky. Ignoring for the moment the question about her research, she gushes: “Oh but wait, dear mater” (her voice indicating the air quotes quite distinctly) “what is this about you no longer being a member at our former home?! What could have brought about such an unforeseen circumstance? If not trouble of any sort – you have protested much that no such trouble could logically exist, so I must accept the axiom – then what? Like old lovers, have you simply drifted apart? Tired of seeing each other’s face across the breakfast table? Have they filled your chambers with a younger, more exciting maga? Do tell, do tell.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:53 am by Jonathan.Link

Cumhachd states simply, In no particular order: the coming storm, the corruption of Guernicus, and the need to gather and position allies." She looks at Tranquillina a bit crossly, and ignores any shocked look, no matter how slight or exaggerated, she might display. “Begone, child, I’ll not speak to you of such matters in your befuddled state.” Cumhachd places her hand on Tranquillina’s and smiles, but before she can realize what has happened, Tranquillina finds herself out of the villia, in the same sitting position, but without the chair, whereupon she falls to the ground. The door to the villa slams shut before she can get to it, and all of the grogs and covenfolk that came with her arrive at regular intervals, two at a time, until everyone is outside.

As Tranquillina contemplates pounding on the door to confront Cumhachd, she hears her voice and another unrecognized voice appear to be having a rather heated discussion.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:36 am by gerg

((Glad to know a common Minor Magical Focus for NPC magi in this saga is Screw Your Corpus MR Tranquillina ))

Tranquillina glares around her as the two grogs and the servant boy appear. “Tha thu ’nad fhaighean!” she hisses. The discussion from inside the villa makes her pause; after a moment, she motions the two grogs to return to the covenant. She tiptoes over to the servant boy and touches him on the head at the end of a series of Hermetic gestures, silently putting words into his mind: “Stay silent, and stay here. When the door opens, clean up the beverage service, and leave the unwashed cups in my receiving room as I instructed you. And keep your eyes low, lad.” ((CrMe Base level 3, +1 Touch, +1 Conc for a level 5 spell. Sta -3 + Cr 6 + Me 10 – silent 10 + aura 5 + stress die 4 = 12, halved is 6.))

Not waiting to catch her breath, Tranquillina then tiptoes over to the door and, like a lowbrow mundane, sticks her ear right up against the door. (Or, if there’s a window nearby, she’ll edge right up to it against the wall. Whichever trope makes sense )) If the villa door opens outwards, she has the servant boy lean against it to slow its opening.
((Stealth roll to stay quiet: Dex -1 + Stealth (quiet movement) 3 + stress die 1 / exploder 3 = 8. Eavesdropping roll: Per 2 + Awareness 2 + stress die 0 (no botch) = 4.))
Of course she wants to hear the conversation, first and foremost. She will keep ready to use Wizard’s Leap to move herself quickly, if she hears people approaching the door from the inside (or if it actually opens). Is the villa’s roof flat? – if so, she’ll Leap up on top of it – otherwise, just around the corner of the building. She’ll even fast-cast the spell if necessary/appropriate.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:15 am by Jonathan.Link

While listening to the conversation, it occurs to Tranquillina that perhaps her resistance was so easily overcome, because Cumhachd might possess an arcane connection to Tranquillina. She can’t hear much, but it sounds heated and full of recrimination. Every oncen in a while she hears names of the magi dropped. Towards the end, she hears a voice say, She’s listening.
Cumhachd returns, I should very well hope so! It’s not like I sent her to Wales!. The word Wales sounded very clear, in fact Cumhachd was easily heard as if the voice was coming closer! As soon as Tranquilina puts it together the door opens inward and Cumhachd says, Learn anything good, yet? Can you be a dear and send Loy’s back to me? I’d like to continue our debate. He is rather good, you know. And can you return tomorrow, but without being bespelled by your own Mentem magics? She gives a disapproving tut-tut and shakes her head as if disappointed as she closes the door.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:16 pm by gerg

((And that triumphant result, boys and girls, is why you should roll higher than 4 on Awareness rolls. Korvin, I need your help here!
JL, which magi’s names were mentioned?))

Growling to herself at her complete lack of subtlety – she was breathing so hard from the sponted spell that she couldn’t hear a damn thing until it was too late – Tranquillina quickly throws the door wide open, motioning the servant boy in as she gets in a dig at Cumhachd. “I am afraid I did not learn anything of particular utility. Not surprising, really, given that you were the teacher.” Of course, the whole delivery is meant to mask the real reason for throwing open the door – trying to see whom Cumhachd was talking to.

She will then (after Cumhachd gets the last word in, presumably) Leap back to her sanctum, without words or gestures, using the splinter of wood in her pouch; it’s not much, but it’s the most impressive thing she can think to do. ((automatically without fatigue, in this aura)) I didn’t want to think about the possibility that the witch had an Arcane Connection to me, Tranquillina stews as she sits on her bed, face in her hands, but now it can’t be ignored. Or else she’s so powerful that she doesn’t need one. Which, really, amounts to the same thing anyway…. She sends for Loys and Choiniere and delivers new instructions, enyjoing the craftiness of her Shroud Magic / Aura of Rightful Authority combination, which she uses on each of them in turn: ((spells will all go off, only possibility is mild fatigue from Shrouds))

“We are no longer providing hospitality for the visitor. She has chosen to stay outside our walls rather than accept our invitation into our home; we have done what we can, but she must accept the consequences of her choice now. Choiniere, go to the kitchens and let them know they need no longer provide food nor drink for her; then tell Sergeant Stockhausen that the warriors guarding the bridge can remain polite but are not to grant her requests without a council member’s explicit authorization. Loys, your task today is equally simple: find all the members of the council one by one, and inform them that I have ended the hotel service for Cumhachd; she can fend for herself now.” She pauses for breath, thinking about one magus in particular. “Although do not kill yourself looking for them; if you cannot find all of the magi without climbing mountains, but have found most of them, that will suffice. Oh, and you are not to speak with Cumhachd again. I shall require you back in my laboratory beginning tomorrow.” ((Leadership roll: Com 3 + Leadership 1 + Ennobled Presence 3 + Rightful Authority 3 + stress die 5 = 15, same as last time.))

After the two have left on their errands, Tranquillina sits in her receiving room for several long minutes, sipping some wine and calming her whirling thoughts. Then, when the servant boy arrives with the drink service from her visit to the villa, she turns her attention to the plain goblet from which Cumhachd took the sour drink. The hope (who knows how likely, but it seems plausible) is that there is enough of Cumhachd’s saliva on the rim or in the dregs to serve as an Arcane Connection back to her. Using a fine cloth, Tranquillina carefully and patiently absorbs all of the liquid from the goblet’s surface. Then, the moment of truth: she spontaneously casts The Whole from the Part upon the cloth. Hopefully, she will form a mental image of Cumhachd’s true nature (ironic, given that almost always she instead wishes to banish such images). ((HoH:TL, page 72; level 20 spell. Sta -3 + In 6 + Co 29 + Talisman attunement (Corpus) 3 + aura 5 + stress die 7 = 47, halved is 24.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:25 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:((Glad to know a common Minor Magical Focus for NPC magi in this saga is Screw Your Corpus MR Tranquillina ))

(( There. Edited it for you. No need to thank me. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:41 pm by Jonathan.Link

All the magi and magaes names were mentioned. Let’s try a stress die roll on the chances of acquiring an AC. Check for botch with one die, too.

Loys never returns to Tranquillina’s quarters and isn’t available to her in the lab the next day, but checking on him, he dutifully reported the information to each magus, Stultus last. A quick questioning of covenfolk and grogs reveals he was last seen crossing the bridge and heading to Tribunal city. During the questioning it was also revealedthe three men that had guarded the regio entrance left that post and entered the regio. A grog followed them to Cumhachd’s villia. The door to the villa, when Tranquillina arrives now has a prominently displayed sanctum marker.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:01 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:All the magi and magaes names were mentioned. Let’s try a stress die roll on the chances of acquiring an AC. Check for botch with one die, too.

Here we go: stress die 1 / exploder 8 = 16
botch check negative (7)

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys never returns to Tranquillina’s quarters and isn’t available to her in the lab the next day, but checking on him, he dutifully reported the information to each magus, Stultus last. A quick questioning of covenfolk and grogs reveals he was last seen crossing the bridge and heading to Tribunal city. During the questioning it was also revealedthe three men that had guarded the regio entrance left that post and entered the regio. A grog followed them to Cumhachd’s villia. The door to the villa, when Tranquillina arrived now has a prominently displayed sanctum marker.

At first, Tranquillina is furious and starts dreaming up all sorts of punishments for Loys. But after a few minutes, she realizes she actually has a bit of plausible deniability now, which she ought to take advantage of. She scurries through the covenant halls towards Marcus’s chambers, already mentally rehearsing an alibi for the future: He is usually utterly reliable; so when he did not come to my laboratory, I was deeply worried for his well-being. Of course I thought twice about using the spell, exactly because of my Oath. But my covenant-mates would understand, and the only other maga around was a woman he explicitly agreed not to talk to – how could I have known this was the first instruction of mine he would ever disobey…?

First things first, though: Assuming she finds Marcus, she greets him politely but quickly. “Sodalis, I wish to ask a quick favor of you, if it is possible. I remember that you used the spell Bitter Taste of Betrayal, back when you were the guest of the fire giants in the Magic Realm. Are you able to cast that spell upon me, so that I might know if I am the target of malicious scrying? I fear my Arts are not advanced enough to create such a spell myself.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:01 pm by Jonathan.Link

Yes, Tranquillina sees an image of Cumhachd, so it is an AC. Trouble is, she must begin fixing it within the next 12-24 hours, since the duration is either hours or days. ((Saliva isn’t mentioned in the list. It’s either closest to shed skin or excrement, and we’ll say that Tranquillina doesn’t know, either, but she can come up with that conclusion.)) Fixing the connection is a 7 day lab activity, not a full season activity.

Marcus sighs, and then thinks for a long time, he sits in a chair and scratches his knee stump. “What would you hope to achieve by having Bitter Taste of Betrayal cast upon you?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:09 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:“We are no longer providing hospitality for the visitor. She has chosen to stay outside our walls rather than accept our invitation into our home; we have done what we can, but she must accept the consequences of her choice now. Choiniere, go to the kitchens and let them know they need no longer provide food nor drink for her; then tell Sergeant Stockhausen that the warriors guarding the bridge can remain polite but are not to grant her requests without a council member’s explicit authorization.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys … dutifully reported the information to each magus, Stultus last.

Tranquillina receives a note from her very FAVORITE covenant mate in fairly short order.

“Sodalis,

You are, of course, correct that the visitor’s choice to stay outside our walls makes her ineligible (in the strictest sense of the term) for Hermetic hospitality. Nonetheless, I have instructed the kitchens to continue providing Cumhachd ex Tytalus with food and drink, as well as firewood and other basic necessities, on behalf of myself rather than the covenant. If the honored Diocetes feels that the cost of food and firewood to keep an old woman warm and fed through the winter is beyond Mons Electi’s means, the honored Diocetes should feel free to subtract any and all costs incurred from those allocated to me for the upkeep of my laboratory.

P.S. Being mean and petty is my mater cara’s trademark. You need not stoop to her level in order to oppose her schemes.

Yours,
—Stultus Maximus."

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:53 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Yes, Tranquillina sees an image of Cumhachd, so it is an AC. Trouble is, she must begin fixing it within the next 12-24 hours, since the duration is either hours or days. ((Saliva isn’t mentioned in the list. It’s either closest to shed skin or excrement, and we’ll say that Tranquillina doesn’t know, either, but she can come up with that conclusion.)) Fixing the connection is a 7 day lab activity, not a full season activity.

I agree. In fact, IC the duration of Arcane Connections probably has some … connection … with the amount of material and other factors; and there’s probably not a lot of saliva there to begin with. So Tranquillina will begin fixing it before sunset for sure, to be on the safe side. And she’ll just spend the next week doing that – she’ll get back to her Finesse reading afterwards. But that’s getting ahead of myself a bit….

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus sighs, and then thinks for a long time, he sits in a chair and scratches his knee stump. “What would you hope to achieve by having Bitter Taste of Betrayal cast upon you?”

“You ‘met’ Cumhachd, a maga of your House, a few days ago at the gate,” Tranquillina explains. “She cast a hostile Rego Corpus spell upon me today – successfully, despite my years of study in how to resist that very Form. I am forced to conclude that she possesses an Arcane Connection to my person. She is … part of my history,” she stumbles, “so it is quite a reasonable possibility. This knowledge makes me wonder whether she does in fact scry upon me from time to time – especially now that she is here in person, moving some scheme forward.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:03 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marcus stops scratching his other stump, and squints at Tranquillina, “What was this hostile spell? Why do you think I care? Are you getting ready to declare a Wizard War?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:07 pm by gerg

Two further notes get carried through the covenant from Tranquillina’s sanctum that day; she goes ahead and scribes them herself, since Cumhachd already has an Arcane Connection to her. The one for Gerulf arrives quickly, well before sunset; the one for Stultus is only written well after dark, so he may or may not receive it that day.

To Gerulf: ((a bit of context for the player – we don’t have a lot of spare Vim vis – see our inventory))

“Dear sodalis – a time-sensitive opportunity has arisen for me, one for which I need two pawns of Vim vis. I have reluctantly removed them from our stores – reluctantly, because I fear an insult to your responsibility as Aedilis by bypassing you in this way. Be assured that I hold your service in the highest esteem. If it be your judgment or that of our council that I erred, I shall recover the Vim vis by trade or otherwise, or pay the council a suitable fine. Thank you for your understanding. – Tranquillina”

cunningrat1 wrote:Tranquillina receives a note from her very FAVORITE covenant mate in fairly short order….

To Stultus:

“Sodalis,

The first draft of this note began with strongly worded invective. It occurs to me that giving you a piece of information you lack might be more effective. Please take the invective as implicit, if you like.

Today I tried to reason with your mater – truly, I meant to engage her without argument. Without warning, she laid hands upon me and teleported me out of the villa, where I fell heavily to the rock. She could just have easily sent me into the air above the valley floor, or otherwise threatened my well-being severely.

I cannot deny that there is emotion behind my actions. But I consider hers an assault upon my person. I submit that this council cannot be seen to sanction her attack, even with an action so small as providing her sustenance.

Tranquillina"

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:08 pm by jebrick

((What happen to the 5 Vim that you already took?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:37 pm by gerg

((I took 4 pawns of Vim in 1226 or 1227, and fixed Arcane Connections with them.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:05 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys never returns to Tranquillina’s quarters and isn’t available to her in the lab the next day, but checking on him, he dutifully reported the information to each magus, Stultus last.

When Tranquillina checks with Fiona, she finds her at her cottage in her laboratory, along with Sheelagh and her familiar, Paul. (Depending on whether she comes to the north door or the south, which is her laboratory door, she may see something interesting).

“Yes, Loys did deliver your message yesterday,” Fiona says, then looks at Tranquillina curiously. “Is there anything you’d like to talk about?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:33 am by gerg

((I’d better wait to respond to Fiona’s friendly query: there’s still a fair amount of uncertainty over what’s going to happen the day of the message, that might well affect Tranquillina’s answer to the question of what’s up. Feel free to nudge me if I forget.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus stops scratching his other stump, and squints at Tranquillina, “What was this hostile spell?”

“An hour or so ago, to answer your question, I tried to reason with her,” Tranquillina describes, echoing the words she will write to Stultus later that evening. “Without warning, she laid hands upon me and teleported me out of the villa, where I fell heavily to the rock. She could just have easily sent me into the air above the valley floor, or otherwise threatened my well-being severely.”

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Why do you think I care? Are you getting ready to declare a Wizard War?”

“Wizard War? Heavens, no,” Tranquillina chuckles. “I am simply trying to gather intelligence about the lines which Cumhachd will and will not cross, where her animosity towards me is concerned. If she is willing to commit a High Crime – then that is valuable information to me. And as for the other …” she peers at Marcus, trying to gauge his mood. “I have no information about whether or not you care with which to form an opinion. In troth, it is not pertinent: either you will decide to grant me this favor, or not, for whatever reasons you choose. I ask only under the assumption that it will not overly inconvenience you, sodalis.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:36 am by Jonathan.Link

Marcus begins scratching both stumps vigorously and simultaneously. “There are times I can still feel my feet. I get cramps in what feels like toes when it is cold.”
Taking a deep breath, he leans back, “I don’t know what your history is, but I can make some guesses. You view her actions towards you as hostile, but consider that they are not quite so simple. I am positive, from her reputation within the House, that should she have wished bodily harm upon you, that is had hostile intent, you would not be here before me now, attempting to gather resources in your plot against her.” Marcus’s face looks grim, “And were you not so addled you would see the error of your theory. [color=#BF8000]Bitter Taste of Betrayal or some variant that would allow me to cast it at touch range would give me the information that your resistance had been compromised. I do not have the ability to tether spells, either.”
“What I’m going to say next is either going to make you run off, or make you stop and think. Your method for resolving this conflict, since you’ve come to me, is wrong. She seems to be effortlessly bypassing your defenses in more ways than one. Why do you think she cares enough to confront you, so? And why hasn’t she been more persistent in this throughout your life? What has happened to bring her into your life? You’re asking all the wrong questions, and she has your attention focused on what she wants, but not on what you need.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:55 am by Jonathan.Link

((Just a comment on the nature of this thread, it seems to be playing out more like an episode of Intervention than I had expected or intended. It also doesn’t help that Cumhachd is shouting at me when I’m dealing with her.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:15 pm by gerg

((Yeah, Cumhachd’ll do that, won’t she?
It’s true that this thread has really given me a satisfying chance to explore Tranquillina’s neuroses – but I can also tell that there’s an actual story waiting to happen, and that all of her paranoia is delaying that story significantly. I have an idea how to bring it back “on track” in a way that’s true to Tranquillina – Marcus’s recent words can provide an excuse for her to do so, as well as fixing the Arcane Connection and feeling like she’s not as helpless.
Let’s work through this Loys business – and then I promise I’ll play nice Not that I think you were complaining. But we can have our cake and eat it too.))

It seems to Tranquillina that Marcus is playing games with her ((maybe it’s Be Your Best Tytalus week!)); it is completely possible, in her opinion, for an Intellego spell to grant a magical sense to someone other than the caster. He must not want to risk error on the powerful spontaneous spell, she tries to mollify herself, but doesn’t want to come out and say it, for fear of insulting me. Or something…. In any case, his last words sting her, but in a different way than usual. Maybe it’s the Detachment working, but where the criticism would normally evoke instant defense mechanisms to chase it away, today it buries itself deep within her – still away from her conscious thought, for the time, but in a place that will require her to process and deal with the advice later.

For now, she copes by retreating to a familiar topic that’s less personal: Magic Theory. “I wonder what would happen if a Corpus spell targeting the lower legs were cast upon a man in your position,” she muses. “Such as a spell to reduce sensation in the feet. Or, for that matter, a spell that instantly massaged muscles. Would it relieve the phantom cramps? …” She certainly doesn’t continue the line of conversation if it makes Marcus uncomfortable, but a few idle minutes of speculation might defuse any tension between them before she takes her leave.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:36 pm by gerg

((Lingering detail: what did Tranquillina see when she threw open the door to Cumhachd’s villa? Any second party visible?))
gerg wrote:Growling to herself at her complete lack of subtlety – she was breathing so hard from the sponted spell that she couldn’t hear a damn thing until it was too late – Tranquillina quickly throws the door wide open, motioning the servant boy in as she gets in a dig at Cumhachd. “I am afraid I did not learn anything of particular utility. Not surprising, really, given that you were the teacher.” Of course, the whole delivery is meant to mask the real reason for throwing open the door – trying to see whom Cumhachd was talking to.

Tranquillina walks several steps down the hallway away from Marcus’s quarters – just far enough so that she can Leap back to her sanctum without seeming rude. Once there, she walks into her laboratory and places the cloth with Cumhachd’s saliva on a table, next to the two pawns of vis already sitting there. She leaves them there for the present, since she wants to find out what Loys is doing before the dinner bell would call him back.

Walking past the storage area in the southeast corner of her lab, she opens a door to what is intended as a closet; however, she has hung a curtain across the little room’s width, creating a tiny reading and letter-writing nook for herself. She seats herself in the comfortable chair, not even bothering with a candle; a faint halo of light seeps in around the curtain’s edges. Once she is calm and ready to concentrate, Tranquillina reaches in to her pouch, palming the kerchief containing the lock of Loys’s hair, and begins to chant The Ear for Distant Voices. ((I don’t think Penetration is relevant here, but I’ll do it by the book. Sta -3 + In 6 + Im 10 + aura 5 + stress die 7 = 25. Penetration 25 – spell level 20 + (Penetration 2 + spell Mastery 1) x (1 + lock of hair 3 + name 1) = 20.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:39 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I’ve blown the initial story for this to smithereens, so as far as there being an actual story, well, you might be surprised. Or not. So don’t play nice, play Tranquillina! ))

“Hmm.” Marcus muses, “I’ve never thought of that. I’d probably have to be the one who can cast it, since I’m the only one who can sense my lower legs or feet that aren’t really there.” Marcus chuckles at that, but swings Tranquillina back around to the conversation she brings up and then does what she can to avoid it so deftly “But, you’re dodging my questions, and if you’re dodging them from me, I can’t help but wonder if you were dodging Cumhachd while trying to engage her? Were you in the moment with her, or were you elsewhere? Were I in your shoes, I would take her presence here and now for the opportunity it is. My pater is gone, but would that he were still alive, and a Bonisagus had absconded with me, I would, knowing what I know about my House, appreciate him coming after me to continue to bother and put all the effort he would to be in my life. I’m not sure you realize how lucky you are. Our House has a reputation for starting fights for the sake of the fight, and some of that is deserved. But our greatest fights are with members of our own House, because they push us to grow. Sadly, I’m far enough isolated from the politics of my House to not be involved in any battles, and I have devoted myself to an even greater conflict, the coming storm.”

((Neither the servant nor Tranquillina saw anything in Cumhachd’s quarters. Marcus’s quarters are a cottage just inside the south gate on the mundane side of the regio. If you go to visit him, it’s a bit of hike…))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:15 pm by Jonathan.Link

((This thread has a potential to get all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, since Tranquillina has invited any and all magi to take some kind of action by sending Loys to inform the magi of how she’s handling Cumhachd. Roberto might take this as notice to try and evict her, despite his conversation with Stultus, and anyone else can get involved. They may go to her, they may go to Cumhachd, it doesn’t matter to me. Just make sure that there’s liberal quoting going on so we know what’s being responded to. Magi who go and seek Cumhachd out might get paused in action, until other things get resolved, depending on how much is going on. I’ll try and match up the timing of events, so if you’re vague about them, it could also be helpful. For example someone could be going to Cumhachd, while she’s visiting Marcus, as that represents a relatively significant chunk of time…))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:53 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:((This thread has a potential to get all wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey, since Tranquillina has invited any and all magi to take some kind of action by sending Loys to inform the magi of how she’s handling Cumhachd. Roberto might take this as notice to try and evict her, despite his conversation with Stultus, and anyone else can get involved. They may go to her, they may go to Cumhachd, it doesn’t matter to me.

(( I’m trying to stay the heck out of it. I’m very trying. Er… I mean… I’m trying very hard. ))
(( EDIT: humphs at JL. Well, fine, be that way…))

Stultus was going to write a note, he really was. But it occurred to him that he’d have to shlep all the way down the mountain just to find a servant to deliver said note, so he might as well talk to Tranquillina directly and save his right hand for better things. (Drawing thaumic diagrams for the Mentem spell he’s designing, of course. Get your mind out of the gutter.)

Accordingly, he shows up at Tranquillina’s doorstep and asks to see the maga.
“She’s out, sir…” stammers Choiniere. “Visiting master Marcus, I believe.”
“That’s all right,” replies the dwarf, planting himself in one of the chairs in the visiting room and pulling out a wax tablet and a stylus. “I’ll wait.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:45 pm by gerg

((Cool, a little comic timing thrown in for light relief … even though Stultus arrives in Tranquillina’s suite before she returns, it’s already been determined that she used Leap of Homecoming to return directly to her inner sanctum. So she started the whole eavesdrop-on-Loys spell in the back room, not realizing that Stultus was even out there. She’ll probably start on fixing the Arcane Connection too … Stultus might be there until dinnertime ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:08 pm by Jonathan.Link

Here’s what Tranquillina overhears: (Cumhachd in red, Loys in blue)
This is a painful process. Maybe that’s why she didn’t do it.
I don’t care, she was just using me.
People get used all of the time, dear boy. What makes you think I’m not using you?
But I’m choosing to do this, you’re not forcing me.
Maybe I’ve manipulated you into making this choice?
I don’t understand, why would you tell me all about this, and then back out now?
Because until now your life has been easy. After we start, it will become much harder, and there will be times you question why you even did this.
It hasn’t been as easy as you think it has, Cumhachd.
You can’t imagine how hard it is going to get. You think Eskil and Stultus had an easy time of it? Stultus had been kicked around and called names for years, and was toughened up for the process. Eskil had a loving home and came to me well educated, she assumed that what I offered her was access to unlimited knowledge. And it is, but the price for learning is quite high. Eskil found herself unwilling to pay for it in the way I required. From the moment we start this process, I own you for 15 years. You eat what I tell you to eat, you sleep when I tell you to sleep, and you cease to enjoy many of the privileges you have enjoyed as Eskil’s lab assistant. I don’t require a lab assistant, I require much more than that.
I’m ready. And I realize what I’m doing, and I realize that either she was keeping this from me for her own purposes, or she just didn’t care.
Perhaps, perhaps not. Her own desires cloud her observations, but then again, you are naturally gently gifted. I won’t have to work hard to give that to you, like I did with Stultus.
I don’t understand, but I expect I will.
Indeed, you will come to understand that, and so much more, in time.
A chair being moved and footsteps can be heard then, from what sounds like a different angle coming from behind Loys, Very well. I claim you as my apprentice.
Loys screams in pain as Cumhachd begins opening his Arts.
((How long will Tranquillina continue to listen?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:09 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:((Cool, a little comic timing thrown in for light relief … even though Stultus arrives in Tranquillina’s suite before she returns, it’s already been determined that she used Leap of Homecoming to return directly to her inner sanctum. So she started the whole eavesdrop-on-Loys spell in the back room, not realizing that Stultus was even out there. She’ll probably start on fixing the Arcane Connection too … Stultus might be there until dinnertime ))

(( Sure, whatever works. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:59 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys screams in pain as Cumhachd begins opening his Arts.
((How long will Tranquillina continue to listen?))

((this whole post OOC)) Tranquillina’s not much good at D: Concentration anyway; I’m pretty sure that this shocking twist will end the spell, possibly even knocking her out of her chair.

This is going to make her … furious, but that’s not exactly right. This is about the deepest humiliation she could imagine: her first mater, waltzing in and in less than a week realizing something crucially important that had eluded Tranquillina for five years. And (in her eyes) then Cumhachd takes the action that would make her look as bad as possible. Yoinking a bright Gifted man out from under her, on the doorstep of her own covenant! This might, to understate the matter, cause a setback to any planned negotiation for a truce between them

From the player’s perspective, I could have sworn I had Loys tested for the Gift back when he was introduced. But I searched the forum pretty thoroughly, and I must be making that up. (Maybe I rolled some dice offline or something….) Viscaria definitely suggested testing him for the Gift. Noting Tranquillina’s defensive reaction, I suppose it’s consistent to think that she never actually did so. (She’s not really ready for an apprentice anyway, looking at her Arts.)

Anyway, clearly there’s a dramatic story unfolding now, and there’s no reason to derail that. I just feel a little dumb (that’s nothing next to how Tranquillina feels!).

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:15 am by gerg

In the dark: Tranquillina sits on the floor for a Diameter, than another at least. Her throat is dry and irritated; she has to blink frequently; the sides of her jaw are sore. The stone floor is icy against her knuckles. There’s a pounding in her head, as if memories of her own first days as an apprentice, suddenly taking physical form in her bloodstream, are swelling up the veins in her temple. A soft, piteous moan comes from somewhere in the tiny room.

Eventually Tranquillina snaps her head around to the right (not that she can see the cloth with Cumhachd’s saliva in her lab, nor the intervening wall for that matter). She stands up swiftly, banging her knee on the reading table. She feels her way to the door into her small hallway, then limps the four strides to the door leading out to her receiving room, which she hurls open. There is a circle inscribed on the floor, the doorway its diameter; bent over low, Tranquillina readies herself to place a ward upon it. As she begins to walk its circumference, she calls out to the servant stationed outside in the hall, her voice loud but shaking noticeably: "Choiniere! Bring a meal here, I shall not go out this eve. Indeed, for the next – "

But at that moment, a small sound or a peripheral sight brings Stultus’s presence to her attention. As if thrown back by a spell, Tranquillina collapses against the wall with a yelp. She squeezes her eyes and breathes rapidly in and out, her arms shaking. “What – do you want?!” she yells, her voice pitched high and shrill. With her torso bent diagonally across the baseboard and her gaze darting about wildly, she is the perfect picture of a cornered animal.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:47 am by cunningrat1

Stultus had, of course, spent the time rehearsing all the various ways the conversation could go — and, of course, Tranquillina promptly managed to knock all his plans into a cocked hat. She appeared from completely the wrong direction, and her appearance startles him quite badly: for a moment all he can manage is an incoherent “What? How the hell did you…”

Thankfully, the door chooses this exact moment to creak open, Choiniere’s startled face appearing within, and the interruption gives Stultus the second or so to gather his wits. He looks up at the servant. “You heard your mistress. Bring a meal, please.” His voice is level, as if to say ‘there is nothing wrong, no reason to panic’.

He turns back to Tranquillina as the door closes again. “I came here,” he explains gently, “to tell you what I think Cumhachd’s next move will be. I’ve seen her dance this dance before; I can predict the next pirouette. However, at the moment, all I want is to know is what’s wrong, and whether — and how — I can help.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:11 am by gerg

((Start right off with a Folk Ken roll: Per 2 + Folk Ken (opinion of her) 4 + stress die 6 = 12. I think that’s definitely good enough to read Stultus’s sincerity … even though she’s not at her best, to put it mildly.))

Letting her eyes fall shut beneath a troubled brow, Tranquillina leans her head back against the wall. She tries to clear her throat, but it turns instead into a coughing fit that wracks her body. The painful hacking echoes in the otherwise silent room. Eventually she gets her body under control, save for a short series of sniffles. With a heavy sigh, she contorts her torso and moves hand over hand to turn it until her head is farther away from the wall than her legs. For a dismal moment, it almost looks like she is going to crawl across the floor. But she tenses up her whole body and pushes herself up to a standing position; coughing again a few times, she shuffles rigidly over to the nearest chair and places her left hand on the corner of its back. With its support safely reached, she seems to shrink a full inch, her body sagging from the strain.

She squeezes her eyes shut again, panting towards the floor. Then, in a low-pitched voice almost too quiet to be heard, she finally responds: “Start a fire. – please. If you would….”

Tranquillina steers herself around to the front of the chair like an elderly maid, lowering herself onto its comfortable cushion. With a shaky voice and hand, she uses a Rego cantrip to summon a throw from the long couch opposite her; she lifts her legs up onto a footstool and wraps the throw around them. It takes a while for her to stop shivering.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:00 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:She squeezes her eyes shut again, panting towards the floor. Then, in a low-pitched voice almost too quiet to be heard, she finally responds: “Start a fire. – please. If you would….”

Tranquillina steers herself around to the front of the chair like an elderly maid, lowering herself onto its comfortable cushion. With a shaky voice and hand, she uses a Rego cantrip to summon a throw from the long couch opposite her; she lifts her legs up onto a footstool and wraps the throw around them. It takes a while for her to stop shivering.

Stultus nods, and ambles over to the fireplace, going down on his knees in front of it. It takes him a while to build the fire up — he’s doing it the mundane way, and the coals are refusing to flare back into life, and he loses his grip on a piece of firewood at one point, and, and, and… and Tranquillina may well realize that he’s using the fire-building to give her time to compose herself while his back is turned.

He finally finishes, wipes his hands with a cloth and pulls a chair closer to Tranquillina’s, clambering back into it. “So.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:17 am by jebrick

((fit this into the timeline where ever you wish JL))

Korvin, dressed in his business robes, makes his way across the bridge and into the regio. He knocks on the door to the villa and announces himself.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:44 am by Jonathan.Link

jebrick wrote:((fit this into the timeline where ever you wish JL))

Korvin, dressed in his business robes, makes his way across the bridge and into the regio. He knocks on the door to the villa and announces himself.

We’ll do it while Tranquillina is with Marcus.
Korvin notes a sanctum marker is outside the villa’s door.

“Korvin, how delightful for you to come visit me. I must say that you and your covenant have made me feel so welcome. Cumhachd says that with such a straight face and warm smile that Korvin can’t quite fathom the meaning. “And young Loys here, is such a delight. Eskil has done an adequate job to seeing to his education. I would invite you in, but you’ll observe I have been forced to place a sanctum marker on this villa. I apologize for that, and I intended to send you a note about the necessity, as Eskil and two of her grogs just walked in, without so much as a knock on the door. She became difficult to talk to so, I had to excuse her from the villa.”
If she notes any concern on Korvin’s face about the sanctum marker, "It isn’t my intention to be as a guttersnipe, and suckle from the largess of Mons Electi. No, I intend to pay my way. Pay for the use of this villa, the food and fuel. Tell me, you’re familiar with the Rhine, aren’t you? She waits for a nod from Korvin, and continues, “They have those peregrinatores, tell me, do you have provisions for people like that? That describes my situation, now.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:53 am by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:“They have those peregrinatores, tell me, do you have provisions for people like that? That describes my situation, now.”

(( Crap. Korvin was the one magus Stultus had doubts about with regards to that move… :p ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:11 am by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:
“Korvin, how delightful for you to come visit me. I must say that you and your covenant have made me feel so welcome. Cumhachd says that with such a straight face and warm smile that Korvin can’t quite fathom the meaning. “And young Loys here, is such a delight. Eskil has done an adequate job to seeing to his education. I would invite you in, but you’ll observe I have been forced to place a sanctum marker on this villa. I apologize for that, and I intended to send you a note about the necessity, as Eskil and two of her grogs just walked in, without so much as a knock on the door. She became difficult to talk to so, I had to excuse her from the villa.”
If she notes any concern on Korvin’s face about the sanctum marker, "It isn’t my intention to be as a guttersnipe, and suckle from the largess of Mons Electi. No, I intend to pay my way. Pay for the use of this villa, the food and fuel. Tell me, you’re familiar with the Rhine, aren’t you? She wants for a nod from Korvin, and continues, “They have those peregrinatores, tell me, do you have provisions for people like that? That describes my situation, now.”

Korvin looks a bit perplexed at the sanctum marker until Cumhachd explains it. Of course. I apologize that it was necessary for your privacy. Your House sometimes has that effect on people. The tribunal has nothing as formal as a peregrinatore. You may stay here as a coenobite. Like Marcus. You are permitted to attend our council meetings and have a say but not a vote.1 I will inform the Redcaps of your current residence.

Part of my visit was to attempt to determine if the length of you stay might be known? The reasons are purely selfish for the Covenant. You see we may be the permanent site of Normandy’s Tribunal and thus we would need this villa in 5 years.

1 I think this is what we do with Marcus. If not I reserve the right to edit

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:30 am by Jonathan.Link

Yeah, Marcus is a Protected Guest. He shows up to council meetings if the mood strikes. He performs occasional services to the covenant as a way to pay his way.
“Oh, I don’t need to attend council meetings. I think that might be too much for dear Eskil. But with regards to this villa, I chose it to be a bit out of the way, and it was my understanding that you built expecting a large gathering of people from outside the Tribunal, because of the Lotharingian issue and the timing so close to the Grand Tribunal. Do you really think I’ll be in the way when Tribunal arrives?” Her argument has a certain logic to it. Facilities were built for excess capacity due to the number of magi predicted to attend from other Tribunals.

“One last thing. I have enough vis to pay for it, would it be possible to cast an Aegis around this villa? Regios sometimes have unwanted residents who poke their heads in, and it would be worth it to me to not have to bother with them. I’d need some assistance since I don’t know the spell, of course, everyone from Mons Electi should participate, too. A simple fourth magnitude Aegis should be enough for my needs, but I’ll pay for whatever version someone at the covenant knows and can cast. Just want it to keep the pests away.”

“And now, since we have formalized my status, and presuming I can consider this villa to be inviolate, I will relocate my sanctum marker further within the structure, so I can allow visitors in, and we don’t have to carry on like vagabonds in the street. Is that agreeable?
Without really waiting for Korvin to respond, she calls into the villa, “Loys, I’ll be staying here longer, please make the sanctum marker outside the door to my lab, and when you’re done with that, erase the one out here.”
“Yes, Cumhachd, right away.”
Turning back to Korvin “He’s such a sweet young man. Did you want to wait while he does this, and then I can invite you inside for some refreshment?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:33 am by Jonathan.Link

((And technically, there is a Tribunal in 1229.2, to determine whether Mons Electi will be the permanent spot or if it will go to another covenant, as before. We can work it out OOC, and treat it as fait accompli and not try and do another Tribunal thread so soon. There wouldn’t be any competitions at this special Tribunal, just discuss the issue, vote and go.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:30 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:Yeah, Marcus is a Protected Guest. He shows up to council meetings if the mood strikes. He performs occasional services to the covenant as a way to pay his way.
“Oh, I don’t need to attend council meetings. I think that might be too much for dear Eskil. But with regards to this villa, I chose it to be a bit out of the way, and it was my understanding that you built expecting a large gathering of people from outside the Tribunal, because of the Lotharingian issue and the timing so close to the Grand Tribunal. Do you really think I’ll be in the way when Tribunal arrives?” Her argument has a certain logic to it. Facilities were built for excess capacity due to the number of magi predicted to attend from other Tribunals.

Very well. For now but if we get more guests than expected, you will have to move. I’m sure we can find a nice room for you for a season if it came to that.
Jonathan.Link wrote:“One last thing. I have enough vis to pay for it, would it be possible to cast an Aegis around this villa? Regios sometimes have unwanted residents who poke their heads in, and it would be worth it to me to not have to bother with them. I’d need some assistance since I don’t know the spell, of course, everyone from Mons Electi should participate, too. A simple fourth magnitude Aegis should be enough for my needs, but I’ll pay for whatever version someone at the covenant knows and can cast. Just want it to keep the pests away.”

I will be able to do that for you but I will bring it up to the council to see if Isen or Jacques could also do it. Our Aegis spells cover a larger area than normal so they will be more expensive than a mag4 spell. Even though the protection will be just mag 4. It will work for now until someone can learn the spell without the size difference.
Jonathan.Link wrote:"And now, since we have formalized my status, and presuming I can consider this villa to be inviolate, I will relocate my sanctum marker further within the structure, so I can allow visitors in, and we don’t have to carry on like vagabonds in the street. Is that agreeable?
Without really waiting for Korvin to respond, she calls into the villa, “Loys, I’ll be staying here longer, please make the sanctum marker outside the door to my lab, and when you’re done with that, erase the one out here.”
“Yes, Cumhachd, right away.”
Turning back to Korvin “He’s such a sweet young man. Did you want to wait while he does this, and then I can invite you inside for some refreshment?”

No. That is all for now. I will be in touch.

When Korvin returns, he visits or leaves a note to everyone telling them of Cumhachd status and of her sanctum marker. He will also inform the next Redcap of her presents at Mon Electi.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:25 am by gerg

cunningrat1 wrote:It takes him a while to build the fire up — he’s doing it the mundane way, and the coals are refusing to flare back into life, and he loses his grip on a piece of firewood at one point, and, and, and…

((Someone needs to make a Survival roll! ))

cunningrat1 wrote:He finally finishes, wipes his hands with a cloth and pulls a chair closer to Tranquillina’s, clambering back into it. “So.”

The lengthy span of time that the fire takes to get started is fine by Tranquillina (who doesn’t really analyze whether Stultus might be doing it intentionally: she’ll take anything that’s not another brand new crisis right now). She does her best not to flinch away when Stultus pulls the chair closer. Unfortunately, her best is pretty lame right now, so the flinch is quite noticeable; a corner of her mind idly observes that Stultus told her not to mask her reactions anyway, so maybe it’s fine.

Tranquillina knows how social interactions work: she asked a favor of him, he obliged, then he said “So”, which means it’s her turn to speak. And she does want to speak, or at least she wants speaking to be a thing that makes her feel better (not that she can really envision what feeling better feels like, any more), or at the very least she wants to take things that are inside her and purge them and maybe spoken words would form a suitable vector for that eviction, or at the very, very least, breaking the silence would mean changing something and really, when everything is as terrible as it could possibly be, then changing anything must be good, logically speaking. But the problem is figuring out what to say. (She nods a couple of times, to try to indicate to Stultus that she does know it’s her turn to talk, because so far he could be forgiven for thinking that she missed her cue.) The recent wound, namely Loys’s apprenticeship, is too raw to think about, let alone talk about – and anyway, she can’t really admit to that knowledge yet, due to the methods she employed to gain it.

So she sits there, not knowing what to say, and the fire is crackling and that sound and its heat are trying their best to comfort her, and the little magus is sitting there patiently, seeming quite willing to give her as much time as she needs, but surely he is judging her from her silence and suddenly she can’t not speak any longer so she says the first thing that comes into her mind, which has really been present in her mind every moment for the past week or so, and actually this could well be the right person to answer it anyway, but mostly it’s time that it was said, was acknowledged. “Why is she here, Stultus.” she says. She hopes grammar will make the question clear, since she doesn’t have the energy to add an interrogative inflection to the end of the sentence. “Why … is she even here.” She takes a long, moist breath in through her nose; her eyes flick ever so briefly to him but she is nowhere near being able to meet his gaze.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:11 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:but surely he is judging her from her silence and suddenly she can’t not speak any longer so she says the first thing that comes into her mind, which has really been present in her mind every moment for the past week or so, and actually this could well be the right person to answer it anyway, but mostly it’s time that it was said, was acknowledged. “Why is she here, Stultus.” she says. She hopes grammar will make the question clear, since she doesn’t have the energy to add an interrogative inflection to the end of the sentence. “Why … is she even here.” She takes a long, moist breath in through her nose; her eyes flick ever so briefly to him but she is nowhere near being able to meet his gaze.

Stultus regards Tranquillina for a very long moment. There are very, very many things he could say in answer to that question, but in his judgment Tranquillina isn’t ready to hear most of them. So he settles for the absolute literal truth. It’s almost certainly not what Tranquillina actually asked, but he believes it’s the only answer she is in a space to comprehend. “I don’t know, Tranquillina,” he answers, voice quiet and slow. “Not exactly. I have some educated guesses, mind you, but they are just that — guesses.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:36 pm by gerg

((This might be a short-lived conversation, if Tranquillina isn’t willing to divulge what just happened to Loys and Stultus doesn’t deem her ready to hear what he has to say. But we’ll give it one more shot ))

“By all means, guess away,” Tranquillina allows. In fact, her enunciation is so poor that Stultus doesn’t really catch her exact words, but her one-armed invitational gesture makes the intent clear, although the effect is broken somewhat by her sudden sneeze. “I can only assume that her favorite puppy finally died from being kicked one too many times, and she remembered what a satisfying target I made.” Can’t she move on to torturing Loys, she hopes uncharitably.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:00 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus hmmms. “Well, first of all, in comparing yourself to a puppy to be kicked, you do yourself an injustice. Secondly… mmm.”

“You value your time in the lab pretty highly. So do I. So does every wizard I know, including her. Only four seasons in a year, only so many years you are allotted before Fate or sickness or Final Twilight cuts your thread. And Cumhachd’s getting pretty old. She’s got what, thirty, forty years on you? She’s been slowing down recently, drawing closer and closer to Final Twilight.” He smirks briefly. “Not a moment too soon, right? Anyway. Were this thirty or even twenty years ago, I might be inclined to agree with your assessment. Now? It doesn’t quite ring true. I don’t think she’s got the time to mess with your head just for the pleasure of messing with your head. There’s got to be another reason.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:29 am by gerg

((For the sake of actually having something to talk about, I’m going to give Tranquillina a little more credit for rational thought than I suspect she might possess at this juncture….))

Stultus’s analysis is interrupted by Choiniere’s knock on the door; she brings in a tray laden with food and a carafe, and (perhaps unexpectedly) is followed by a kitchen boy carrying a smaller tray of food. “Wasn’t sure, milord….” Choiniere mumbles, indicating the meal the boy places in front of the magus; this comprises one of the maid’s more loquacious moments. After a moment, both magi have been served a piping hot portion of lamb pie with pear and herbs, with bread and sheep’s-milk cheese carefully pre-sliced into small pieces on the side, as well as ample cups of wine for such an early supper.

After the servants depart and Tranquillina has taken a few bites of food, she seems to regain a modicum of vim. “She turned sixty,” she pronounces slowly without preamble, “not long before I was taken away by Tria. So aye, about forty years on me.” She stirs the lamb pie idly with a piece of bread for a moment before remembering to bring the bread to her mouth. “I hold little optimism that she will entirely disappear with pleasant alacrity; Twilight itself, after having met her once, no doubt wishes to avoid any further encounters.”

“She spoke of putting some affairs in order, of – of preparing for something. A coming storm.” Tranquillina frowns. “Come to think of it, Marcus used the same words. Coming storm. I do not quite….” she trails off.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:35 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:“She spoke of putting some affairs in order, of – of preparing for something. A coming storm.” Tranquillina frowns. “Come to think of it, Marcus used the same words. Coming storm. I do not quite….” she trails off.

“She said much the same thing to me, yes. The storm is the whole Guernicus thing, rumbling towards us like an avalanche. She asked me point-blank if I was prepared for it.” Stultus considers Tranquillina, his hands wrapped around his bowl for warmth. Is she ready to hear this? Well, let’s give it a shot. “And she does consider you her filia, to your chagrin. So… perhaps there is more than simple meanness behind her actions. Perhaps she’s here to see if both her children are ready… and to point out areas where we’re not quite ready in a nasty but non-lethal fashion.”

“For example, she overcame your magic resistance, like you said in your latest note. Pushed you out of her villa. Could have just as easily teleported you five hundred feet into the air. Could have, but didn’t. If it was, say, Bilera or Valerian standing there, instead of Cumhachd, you’d be a wet spot on the pavement. You interpreted her actions as an attack. I’d interpret them as Cumhachd pointing out a weak spot in your defenses… in her unique bitchy, mean, vicious way.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:19 am by gerg

“What do you expect me to change?!” Tranquillina hollers at him with unexpected energy. “I have read Magus Invictus cover to cover since I moved here – precisely out of fear of attack. In fact, once I had finished, I read the entire tome again, just to see if I had missed some detail. Guess what – I hadn’t,” she emphasizes with a petulant Gaelic rejoinder. Images of that spring almost three years ago flashed through her mind – she was eager to read but had to muck around with vis in the laboratory – and the memories remind her that there is more vis, and another Arcane Connection to fix, waiting in her lab right now.

“But did it matter? Noooooo – she lands a spell on me without so much as a word. And a Corpus spell. I have studied Corpus magic for decades, and she can still put me wherever she wants me? Christ on the Cross,” she profanes, adding to her future guilt, “I cannot even keep you out of my living room…. I might as well just give up now.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:03 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus stares at Tranquillina. “Um. May I point out that I am not the one coming after you? I don’t expect you to do anything, aside from hate my guts, of course.”

“As to what Cumhachd expects you to do? I don’t know. Maybe figure out how she did it. Did she use an Arcane Connection? If she did that to ME, I might develop a spell that gets rid of unwanted Arcane Connections I might have unwittingly left around. Perdo Corpus… maybe a Vim requisite… Arcane Connection as a range… add some complexity to it so I don’t blow away Rahere by accident, that sort of thing. Or you might have a weakness in your Parma Magica that you’ve kept secret. I wouldn’t know it, but she would. Or she might be pointing out that even though you might have mumbleteen Magnitudes of Corpus resistance, there’s Always Someone Better, and Parma Magica should not be your only defense. Or something else I haven’t thought of. Bottom line is, I think she’s saying ‘pay attention to your defenses’. How you do it, and whether you do it in the first place, is up to you.”

“And incidentally…” He draws himself up slightly straighter, jerking up his chin. “… If you want to keep me out of your living room, all you have to do is say so.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:47 am by gerg

Tranquillina is depressed even further when Stultus raises the possibility that there is some weakness in her Parma Magica. She has speculated to Thamik (in confidence – never in writing) that magical power is drawn to her for both good and ill, making it easier for her to be affected by spells. Could Cumhachd be exploiting such a weakness? She certainly would have had time enough to study a young Eskil – two years after the accident in her lab – though that was long before she was taught the Parma….

Her thoughts are interrupted by an extended coughing fit, bending her over nearly double in the chair. When she finally rises, gasping for breath, her red and puffy eyes regard Stultus lethargically. “I,” Tranquillina starts, but has to swallow hard to soothe her abraded throat. “I … have work I need to do.” She looks over her shoulder at the door into her sanctum, then pushes herself with both arms into a standing position. “I have to begin before sunset….”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:31 am by cunningrat1

“Well.” Stultus’ lips compress into a thin and remarkably ugly smile, one with no humor in it. “Far it be from me to pollute your sitting room any further.”

He climbs down from the chair. “By the way. Cumhachd has stuck a Sanctum marker on the villa. Her next move will likely involve angling for a membership in this Covenant. Knowing the Charter, probably Protected Guest status, which only requires one Full member to extend. Gerulf, Marcus and I cannot grant such, and Roberto or you will not…” He shrugs. “Only five magi left. Draw your own conclusions.”

The dwarf turns, and waddles out the door, muttering under his breath — not quite quietly enough — “дура стоеросовая” as he goes. (Pithy phrases are occasionally retained even after ‘Gift of Tongues’ stops functioning.)

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:54 am by gerg

((Yay, for once Tranquillina isn’t the bitchiest person in the conversation! ))

Tranquillina has finally reached her limit of being able to process implications of the situation. She had decided not to restore the Ward of the Curious Scullion on her sanctum entrance that moment, for fear it would seem impolite to Stultus; she now wishes she hadn’t made that choice. Nevertheless, she goes straight into her laboratory, swallows hard at approaching the two pawns of vis on her worktable, and begins the simple but tedious process of making the saliva-tainted cloth a permanent Arcane Connection to Cumhachd. (Most people could succeed in this with but one pawn of vis; Tranquillina is so reluctant to touch the stuff that she incurs all kinds of inefficiencies when working with it.) She works late into the night, stopping only to raise her Parma Magica immediately after sunset.

She does nothing but stay in her laboratory that following week fixing the Arcane Connection, using liberal doses of Endurance of the Berserkers and The Resolute Mind of the Tireless Researcher to keep her productive despite her body wanting to quit.

Possible exception: Jonathan, does Cumhachd contact her during that week (unlikely), or does Loys report back to Tranquillina at some point (less unlikely)?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:59 am by gerg

A couple of days later ((2 days after BoLA)), Tranquillina makes her exhausted body walk outside, treading the seemingly infinite distance to the front door of Fiona’s cottage. She leans heavily against the door frame and musters up a feeble knock.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:When Tranquillina checks with Fiona, she finds her at her cottage in her laboratory, along with Sheelagh and her familiar, Paul. (Depending on whether she comes to the north door or the south, which is her laboratory door, she may see something interesting).
“Yes, Loys did deliver your message …” Fiona says, then looks at Tranquillina curiously. “Is there anything you’d like to talk about?”

“I have contracted some manner of ague,” she replies sadly. Tranquillina tends to catch these colds and seasonal maladies more often than the others, especially in the winters. “Do you make any sort of potion that can mitigate the symptoms? I have to continue with a lab project….”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:38 am by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:Possible exception: Jonathan, does Cumhachd contact her during that week (unlikely), or does Loys report back to Tranquillina at some point (less unlikely)?

Loys won’t report back unless Cumhachd tells him to… Loys might be spied on occasion getting a page for Cumhachd, she’s going to be sending out gifts to each of the magi. I’ll do Tranquillina’s now, and the gifts for everyone else later.

On the 6th day of fixing the Arcane Connection, a page knocks on the door and indicates that there is a delivery from Loys. It’s wrapped, and rather large, in the shape of a book. When Tranquillina opens it, she can make out the title, The Analects of Tytalus. Tranquillina opens the cover, knowing full well who it is really from, and the following is written in Cumhachd’s spidery script.

Eskil,
You were unable to complete your copy of this work. It is my hope that you enjoy and use my copy for whatever purposes you may. As I have grown older and wiser, I’ve come to find that the wisdom of Tytalus is vast. However the wisdom of my brothers and sisters in Tytalus is not. I dislike the almost sycophantic thrall with which many of my House mates regard the Founder. He is a man. He strove. And if we imbue him with some mystical or supernatural power greater than our own, we’ve failed to understand his teachings. This is the great mystery of our House. How on one hand we admire all human whether Gifted or not striving for the utmost and taking what they can from this cruel world, and on the other we imbue our Founder with this idea that he is the greatest of us. No, he was the First, and it is my hope that his true tradition continue.

Cumhachd Tytali

Tranquillina’s magic sensitivity detects a bit of magic around the name Eskil.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:56 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:A couple of days later ((2 days after BoLA)), Tranquillina makes her exhausted body walk outside, treading the seemingly infinite distance to the front door of Fiona’s cottage. She leans heavily against the door frame and musters up a feeble knock.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:When Tranquillina checks with Fiona, she finds her at her cottage in her laboratory.
“Yes, Loys did deliver your message …” Fiona says, then looks at Tranquillina curiously. “Is there anything you’d like to talk about?”

“I have contracted some manner of ague,” she replies sadly. Tranquillina tends to catch these colds and seasonal maladies more often than the others, especially in the winters. “Do you make any sort of potion that can mitigate the symptoms? I have to continue with a lab project….”

Fiona looks at Tranquillina intently for a minute, wordlessly shrinks down to her Mascarade form1, then says a few arcane syllables to shrink her robe to fit her more comfortably2 before she reaches an arm around the Bonisagus to help her in. She guides her through the foyer and dining room and into the bedroom, where she puts her into bed. “If you don’t mind my saying so, Tranquillina, you look like you feel ferr horrid. Lay down, get some rest,” she says (and Tranquillina is struck by how very large the bed is, even for someone Fiona’s size…like you could sleep three or four Fionas in there comfortably). Fiona sits on the edge of the bed and proceeds to examine Tranquillina, peering into her eyes, checking her temperature, feeling her skin to see if she’s feverish or clammy, and so on. She finally pulls the blankets and comforters up over Tranquillina and gets up.

“You stay here, lass, and I’ll go cook something up.” She gives Tranquillina a reassuring pat and gets up to go into the next room. She returns about an hour later with a bitter-smelling tea3 with some honey stirred in.

“Here you go, Tranquillina. Drink it up, but carefully, it’s still hot. Be sure to finish it before it gets cold.” She sits on the edge of the bed again and waits a few minutes before she speaks again, giving time for Tranquillina to drink at least some of the medicine.

“I know you usually take ill at least once every winter, but I’ve not seen you take this ill before. Is everything okay?”
1 CT 36 – No Words 10 + Aura 5 + die roll of 9) = 40
2MuHe base 3 (“Change a plant or item made from plant products”), R: Touch +1, D: Sun +2, T: Individual, final spell level 10. CT is Sta 3 + Mu 17 + He 10 + Aura 5 + (die roll of 1), followed by a die roll of 4, for a total of – No gestures 5 = 38, halved is 19.
1 I’m assuming two Medicine rolls, one for the diagnosis and one for the medicine itself. The diagnosis roll is Int 1 + Medicine 3 + die roll of 2 = 6. The roll for the medicine itself is Int 1 + Medicine (Apothecary) 4 + die roll of 3 = 8. Obviously she’s a little rusty

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:57 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:On the 6th day of fixing the Arcane Connection, a page knocks on the door and indicates that there is a delivery from Loys.

Tranquillina halts the page before he can scurry off. “You have seen Loys, then? Relay the following message to him for me. ‘Loys: You pledged to serve me faithfully in my laboratory. Yet you have failed to do so for a full week, despite my direct instruction to join me there, and without any explanation. I do not care if Aphrodite herself appeared naked at your bedside and handed you a pot of gold: you will damn well explain your absence to me, face to face, and before you go to bed tonight.’” Tranquillina has the (by now very nervous) page repeat the sentences several times each, making sure the words are accurate. “Find him today and give him the message; if Cumhachd says he is busy, do not take no for an answer.” The page slowly heads off to what he imagines is certain doom; Tranquillina doesn’t care.

Jonathan.Link wrote:Tranquillina opens the cover, knowing full well who it is really from, and the following is written in Cumhachd’s spidery script….
Tranquillina’s magic sensitivity detects a bit of magic around the name Eskil.

Tranquillina isn’t sure what to make of the note, both its existence and its content. On the one hand, there are certain aspects of it that can be interpreted as antagonistic: the bit about Cumhachd’s presumably disappointed hope, for example, or perhaps writing a letter in her own hand as a way of rubbing Tranquillina’s nose in her not caring that it’s an Arcane Connection to her. But there is enough message in the message that it’s a bit too oblique to be effectively passive-aggressive. She leafs idly through the pages of the Analects, seeing if anything jumps out at her. (Is it also written in Cumhachd’s hand?)

Leery of the unexpected magic she senses, Tranquillina takes the book up to the ceremonial casting chamber and spontaneously casts an Intellego Vim spell upon the page, trying to see whether there is a Hermetic spell active on the note; the note itself couldn’t be enchanted, could it? ((Sta -3 + In 6 + Vi 7 + words/gestures 2 + Artes Liberales 1 + ceremonial chamber 5 + aura 5 + stress die 7 = 30, halved is 15; that’s enough to determine the Techinque/Form of a spell of 3rd magnitude or higher, or the presence of a lower-level spell.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:15 pm by Jonathan.Link

Indeed, the entirebook is written in her hand, but is different, reflecting the hand of youth. It is a huge honking Arcane connection to her and it has been heavily glossed and her comments inculcated here and there throughout the text. Tranquillina cannot detect a technique/form associated with the spot.

The page returns later in the day, Cumhachd sends her regards, and prevented me from seeing Loys, I couldn’t enter the villa, though I tried, my feet just wouldn’t cross the threshold. She said Loys is her property for the next 15 years. She also asked me to inquire as to the knowledge of your Greek, and wanted me to deliver this message to you. She saids ‘Molon label’ and had me practice it several times. I hope I got it right. She is a very sweet old lady, reminds me of my grandmother in some ways."

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:36 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“Here you go, Tranquillina. Drink it up, but carefully, it’s still hot. Be sure to finish it before it gets cold.” She sits on the edge of the bed again and waits a few minutes before she speaks again, giving time for Tranquillina to drink at least some of the medicine.
“I know you usually take ill at least once every winter, but I’ve not seen you take this ill before. Is everything okay?”

Tranquillina feels strange lying in another person’s bed, especially one the size of her reading nook; but it is such a relief to be off her feet that she accepts Fiona’s ministrations, for just a little bit. She has no idea what is in the tea, but it can’t hurt; it’s piping hot, the way she likes it, and it at least defuses the chill in the air against her sweat-soaked skin.

“Am I that bad? I can’t tell,” Tranquillina moans (in Gaelic) when she has downed half of the tea. “Everything isn’t okay – it’s …” Part of her wants to talk about Loys, but she still can’t reveal that she knows about his apprenticeship. “It’s Cumhachd being here,” she summarizes lamely, before sneezing emphatically. “Just under a lot of stress. And trying to keep working on my Finesse, as I was before this terrible storm, and also have … lab projects on the go….” She sips the tea again, trying to will her throat to a less painful state.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 01, 2013 2:16 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:The page returns later in the day, Cumhachd sends her regards, and prevented me from seeing Loys, I couldn’t enter the villa, though I tried, my feet just wouldn’t cross the threshold. She said Loys is her property for the next 15 years. She also asked me to inquire as to the knowledge of your Greek, and wanted me to deliver this message to you. She saids ‘Molon label’ and had me practice it several times. I hope I got it right. She is a very sweet old lady, reminds me of my grandmother in some ways."

There are enough people in the covenant who know (Ancient) Greek by now that Tranquillina won’t find it hard to get a translation. She smiles grimly and humorlessly at the insult, and Loys’s betrayal of her stings quite deeply. On the other hand, she got what she wanted: the message from Cumhachd contained enough information for her to deduce that she had taken Loys as an apprentice, and so she no longer had to hide that knowledge.

Still, a little venting was in order, and under the influence of Endurance of the Berserkers she had the energy to see to it despite her lingering illness. ((just need to botch check: I’m ok (but man, that botch die is ready to screw me if the stress die comes up 0 – that’s the second time!) )) Thinking about her Terram studies, she puts together a plan that will hopefully be satisfying. While up in the ceremonial casting chamber, she sponts a spell to create a couple dozen clay tablets, each about the size of a headstone, stacked neatly by the doorway. ((Base 1, +1 Touch, +2 Sun, +2 Group, for level 10. Sta -3 + Cr 6 + Te 5 + words/gestures 2 + Artes Liberales 1 + ceremonial chamber 5 + aura 5 + stress die 0 (no botch – I take it all back!) = 21, halved is 10; Int 3 + Finesse 2 + stress die 9 = 14.)) “There is going to be a fair amount of noise for the next few minutes,” she warns the grogs guarding the regio entrance down the hall, “do not be alarmed. And there is no need to clean up the clay; it will disappear on its own soon enough.”

Then, she sponts a second spell to change each clay tablet to a somewhat smaller pane of glass; her first effort only lasts a moment, so she blows her nose, takes a deep breath, and tries again with a firmer jaw. ((Base 3, +1 Touch, +1 Diameter, +2 Group, for level 15. Sta -3 + Mu 12 + Te 5 + same bonuses as above 13 + stress die 0 (no botch) = 27, not good enough. Second try: 27 + stress die 5 = 32, halved is 16.)) She leans the first glass pane against a wall in the hallway and steps back, a fist-sized stone in her hand. It takes her four tries to actually hit the pane with the stone, but each furious throw is quite satisfying, and even more so the crash of breaking glass when she connects.

Still, the manual method is both tiring and inaccurate, and so Tranquillina gets more efficient. She puts a second pane against the wall, picks up the stone; Wizard’s Leaps to a distance of fifteen paces; uses her talisman’s Invisible Sling of Vilano to hurl the stone at the glass; Wizard’s Leaps back, to replace the glass pane if necessary and retrieve the stone; and repeats over and over, getting into the rhythm. She only misses twice, although a couple of glancing blows aren’t as satisfying as the rest; but all in all she destroys nine of the panes of glass before they turn back to clay five minutes later. Ignoring the fascinated stares of the covenfolk who bore witness to her demonstration, she walks away humming a raspy tune, leaving the clay shards in the hall. (If not cleaned up, they disappear two days later at sunset.)

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 01, 2013 2:38 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Indeed, the entirebook is written in her hand, but is different, reflecting the hand of youth. It is a huge honking Arcane connection to her and it has been heavily glossed and her comments inculcated here and there throughout the text. Tranquillina cannot detect a technique/form associated with the spot.

Tranquillina rolls her eyes at all the trouble she went through to get an Arcane Connection to Cumhachd, when the elder maga was just going to literally gift-wrap one for her in due time. She ponders the spot on the page from which she senses magic, thinking of tests she can apply. Since she has already cast a spell on the letter, she can rule out the spot containing vis, since she would have sensed it specifically after the spell. She runs her thumb over the written word slowly; “Eskil,” she says aloud, feeling a little foolish. She tries casting her Unraveling the Form of Imaginem spell upon the page, in case there is an illusion in force. ((Casting success is automatic. It will unravel any Imagimen spell of level up to spell level 10 + 10 + Unraveling Mastery 3 + stress die 3 = 26.))

(Assuming nothing has happened yet:) As a last chance, she will spend four minutes creating a ceremonial spell to unravel any Aquam spell that might be affecting the ink directly. ((Sta -3 + Pe 14 + Vi 7 + words/gestures 2 + Artes Liberales 1 + ceremonial chamber 5 + aura 5 + stress die 0 (geez! no botch) = 31, halved is 16. It will unravel any Aquam spell of level up to spell level 16 + 10 + stress die 0 (doublegeez!! no botch chance according to spell description) = 26.))

Finally, Tranquillina acknowledges the exertion she is putting her weakened body through; she could feel her magic trying to get away from her while up in the chamber. She Leaps back to her bedroom and enters her laboratory through her reading nook, placing the letter from Cumhachd and the Analects on the shelf there. A thought occurs to her, and she removes the kerchief with Loys’s lock of blond hair from her pouch, tossing it on a side table. Then she continues weaving the Vim vis into the cloth with Cumhachd’s saliva until she is forced to collapse into bed.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 01, 2013 2:45 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

“Aye, I’m afraid you do look like you’re in rough shape,” Fiona says, speaking in Gaelic as well. She gets up long enough to get a washcloth, soak it in water and wring it out, then sponts a quick CrIg to warm it up1 and places it on Tranquillina’s forehead, brushing her patient’s hair aside as she does so.

“I gather you and Cumhachd don’t exactly the most cordial of relationships. Which is too bad, in a way. My mater and I are cordial enough, and she did send me Sheelagh, but we’ve only seen each other once since I came here. Do you know why she came to visit yet, in this kind of weather?”

She hands Tranquillina a handkerchief after she sneezes, and watches her some more, then shifts to sit tailor-style on the bed (tucking the hem of her skirt under her so she doesn’t flash Tranquillina any longer than she needs to).

“You should have sent for me, I would have been happy to come see you. But I think what you need more than anything else now is a good night’s sleep. As late as it is, your lab work can keep until morning.”

1 CrIg base 2 to heat an item to be warm to the touch, R: Touch +1, D: Sun +2, T: Individual, for a final spell level of 5. CT is Cr 6 + Ig 5 + Sta 3 + Aura 5 + die roll of 4 = 23, halved is 12.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 02, 2013 1:23 am by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“You should have sent for me, I would have been happy to come see you. But I think what you need more than anything else now is a good night’s sleep. As late as it is, your lab work can keep until morning.”

“No, I … I mean, it’s time-sensitive – I have to keep pushing on,” Tranquillina demurs, her eyes flicking from side to side. “I will sleep, I will, but just … I need to work a bit more tonight. I’m feeling a little better already….” And indeed she is, as much from the unspoken signals of kindness and concern from Fiona as from the brief rest and medicinal tea.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“I gather you and Cumhachd don’t exactly the most cordial of relationships. Which is too bad, in a way. My mater and I are cordial enough, and she did send me Sheelagh, but we’ve only seen each other once since I came here. Do you know why she came to visit yet, in this kind of weather?”

“To ruin my life, near as I can tell,” she bemoans instantly. “I mean – look, I have no idea why she’s here. If she just wanted to fling her bilious barbs at me for a couple of days and then move on, I could understand that. But her, her setting up a damned laboratory in our regio….” Tranquillina throws her arms up in the air, which has the unfortunate side effect of flinging the dregs of the tea into a nearby district of the bed. “Caochan,” she mutters, using her knowledge of Perdo to dry out the sheets. ((Base 4, +1 Touch, for level 5 spell. Sta -3 + Pe 14 is already enough, as long as I don’t botch.))

“Fiona … I would kill to have any kind of ‘cordial’ relationship with that evil woman – who is not my mater, in any way, I assure you. Or no relationship at all, preferably. But her only modes of communication were silence or contempt, her only methods of teaching torture or abandonment. You don’t know, you can’t imagine what….” Tranquillina trails off, staring into the bottom of her empty teacup. It seems there is a specific memory playing in her mind, one she has trouble bringing herself to address.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 02, 2013 8:43 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:“No, I … I mean, it’s time-sensitive – I have to keep pushing on,” Tranquillina demurs, her eyes flicking from side to side. “I will sleep, I will, but just … I need to work a bit more tonight. I’m feeling a little better already….” And indeed she is, as much from the unspoken signals of kindness and concern from Fiona as from the brief rest and medicinal tea.

Fiona looks at Tranquillina for a long moment, then sighs. “I’m not going to tie you up and keep you in bed all night as appealing as the idea might be. But let me bring some more of the medicinal tea, and I’ll come keep you company, make sure you don’t overwork yourself.”

gerg wrote:“To ruin my life, near as I can tell,” she bemoans instantly. “I mean – look, I have no idea why she’s here. If she just wanted to fling her bilious barbs at me for a couple of days and then move on, I could understand that. But her, her setting up a damned laboratory in our regio….” Tranquillina throws her arms up in the air, which has the unfortunate side effect of flinging the dregs of the tea into a nearby district of the bed. “Caochan,” she mutters, using her knowledge of Perdo to dry out the sheets.

“Fiona … I would kill to have any kind of ‘cordial’ relationship with that evil woman – who is not my mater, in any way, I assure you. Or no relationship at all, preferably. But her only modes of communication were silence or contempt, her only methods of teaching torture or abandonment. You don’t know, you can’t imagine what….” Tranquillina trails off, staring into the bottom of her empty teacup. It seems there is a specific memory playing in her mind, one she has trouble bringing herself to address.

Fiona scooches a little closer to Tranquillina. "She was your first domina, if I remember right. And a Tytalus, and Stultus’s mater. And yet, from what I understand, she has all but ignored Stultus and focused her attentions on you. There’s a lot of conflict, and it’s tearing you apart. But she is a Tytalus. And what are Tytalus’s words? “From conflict, growth”? Is it possible that she’s not here to bring you misery for misery’s sake?"

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 02, 2013 8:54 pm by Jonathan.Link

((By this point Fiona has received her gift, as well. In the morning, when she came outside of her cottage in the morning there was a huge stack of peat, and a barrel full of barley. And a small vial of water with letters in Gaelic Kilbride.))
The note with it said:
Fiona,

I hope you enjoy this. I can help you transport water here, with that Arcane Connection, but I didn’t have a place to story it. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Cumhachd Tytali

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 02, 2013 9:23 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:((By this point Fiona has received her gift, as well. In the morning, when she came outside of her cottage in the morning there was a huge stack of peat, and a barrel full of barley. And a small vial of water with letters in Gaelic Kilbride.))
The note with it said:
Fiona,

I hope you enjoy this. I can help you transport water here, with that Arcane Connection, but I didn’t have a place to story it. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Cumhachd Tytali

((Responded over in Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da so as not to disrupt the narrative flow any more than necessary.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:56 am by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona scooches a little closer to Tranquillina. "She was your first domina, if I remember right. And a Tytalus, and Stultus’s mater. And yet, from what I understand, she has all but ignored Stultus and focused her attentions on you. There’s a lot of conflict, and it’s tearing you apart. But she is a Tytalus. And what are Tytalus’s words? “From conflict, growth”? Is it possible that she’s not here to bring you misery for misery’s sake?"

“Stultus is a pea in her pod, she’s perfectly pleased with him, because he became exactly what she hoped for, that’s not what she thinks of me….” Tranquillina is basically grasping at straws here.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona looks at Tranquillina for a long moment, then sighs. “I’m not going to tie you up and keep you in bed all night as appealing as the idea might be. But let me bring some more of the medicinal tea, and I’ll come keep you company, make sure you don’t overwork yourself.”

The thought of Fiona coming into her laboratory makes Tranquillina think about Loys, setting her brooding a bit (as a result, she completely fails to hear Fiona’s lascivious undercomment). But the offer is an extremely kind one, coming from a true desire for friendship and support, and suddenly Tranquillina realizes that she desperately needs both. “Well … I’m not really in good enough shape to be a gracious host … but if you could tolerate that, I’d appreciate the company for a little while.”

If Fiona agrees, Tranquillina will suggest that she herself can teleport back to her own sanctum to save strength, and alert the servant at the door that Fiona will be not far behind on foot.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 11:01 am by gerg

((Jonathan, I have my idea for how to reinitiate contact between Tranquillina and Cumhachd, after the Arcane Connectioning is done. Do you want me to start that sub-thread now, or wait about until the timey-wimey clears up a little bit?

I like how Cumhachd is everyone’s grandma to all non-Tranquillina people. (well, non-Stultus too – he’s a special case) In my mind, Cumhachd is objectively a perfectly average human – most people would get along with her, she’s good at some social things and mediocre at others – but can certainly play roles with the best of them, and has chosen to be super-sweet to make sure Tranquillina won’t find any support for her complaints that Cumhachd = evil. In other words, I see her demeanor to the others not as a misrepresentation, but as a conscious exaggeration.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 11:14 am by Jonathan.Link

((You’re not far off the mark regarding her kindly grandmother bit. I suppose it depends on what you want Fiona to spill to Tranquillina, because Fiona’s could have more to add. I don’t really have a problem with the timey-wimey layers this story has, if you don’t. But when this happens, when Tranquillina decides to reopen communicatins with Cumhachd, she will have heard that all the magi of Mons Electi have received highly personalized and thoughtful gifts (but may not know exactly what they are). And that may shade her perceptions on why Cumhachd gave Tranquillina her own copy of The Analects of Tytalus. That’s what Cumhachd was hoping for, anyway. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 9:13 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:The thought of Fiona coming into her laboratory makes Tranquillina think about Loys, setting her brooding a bit (as a result, she completely fails to hear Fiona’s lascivious undercomment). But the offer is an extremely kind one, coming from a true desire for friendship and support, and suddenly Tranquillina realizes that she desperately needs both. “Well … I’m not really in good enough shape to be a gracious host … but if you could tolerate that, I’d appreciate the company for a little while.”

If Fiona agrees, Tranquillina will suggest that she herself can teleport back to her own sanctum to save strength, and alert the servant at the door that Fiona will be not far behind on foot.

Fiona nods. “Leap carefully, Tranquillina, I will be over in a few minutes.”

She watches carefully as Tranquillina Leaps back to her own cottage chambers, and sits on the bed, thinking for a couple of minutes. She then goes to her laboratory where she gathers some herbs to treat her ague, as well as something to help her sleep when the time comes. She then grabs one of her heavy woolen, winter cloaks, casts a spontaneous Muto Animal spell to shrink down to her Petite size1, puts on a pair of smaller boots, wraps the cloak around herself, grabs her herbal medicine bag, and heads to Tranquillina’s cottage chambers.
She knocks firmly on the door, hoping to be heard over the swirling wind.
1 Muto Animal, I’m going to go with Base 2 (“Make a major change to something made of animal products that preserves the substance,” mainly because it seems more than Base 1, “Make a superficial change to something made of animal products (like changing its color).” R: Touch +1, D: Sun +2, T: Individual, for a final Spell Level of 5. Her CT is Sta 3 + Mu 17 + Animal 7 + Aura 5 = 32 ÷ 5 = 6, spontable without Fatiguing herself.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 9:25 pm by gerg

((Tranquillina’s sanctum is solidly within the mansion on the regio side – no cottage – so I’ll assume that’s what you meant.))

“Aye, milady, she is expecting you,” the servant at the door to Tranquillina’s chambers says to Fiona when she arrives. “You are warmly invited into Lady Tranquillina’s sanctum – she is within her laboratory, straight ahead.” The door leads to a well-decorated and comfortable receiving room; it has a single door in the far corner, adorned with a standard Hermetic sanctum marker, that has been left open. A circle has been inscribed on the floor around that doorway; assuming Fiona crosses it, she feels a ping from her Parma Magica.

Behind the door is a short hallway, only a few paces long and barely wide enough for Fiona were she at full size. Two closed doors interrupt the right-hand wall; the other door, at the opposite end of the hall, has also been left open. “Yes, do please come in Fiona,” Tranquillina’s voice rings out (still in Gaelic), “and be welcome.” If you proceed through the door, you find yourself in her laboratory. ((This is the first time Fiona has seen it in person? Either way, make a Per + Magic Theory roll to see what you notice.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:03 pm by gerg

{{Here goes, a bit further into the future:))

After a week of tedious work in her laboratory, Tranquillina holds up the cloth with Cumhachd’s saliva, testing it both by eye and through her innate magic sensitivity. She decides she is convinced that the sympathetic connection to the older maga will hold indefinitely, thanks to the weaving in of the accursed vis. She places the cloth in her pouch to know where it is at all times.

The task finished, Tranquillina suddenly feels her exhaustion – she has pushed her tired body farther than was wise, and her spells only masked the symptoms but didn’t help her recover. She straightens up the table upon which she was working as quickly as she can and moves into her bedroom, her eyes already drooping. Asleep almost before she hits the bed, she proceeds to stay unconscious for nearly thirty straight hours. She stirs briefly at midday, her body relaxed under the warm covers and begging her not to move so that it can fight off the malady; rather than even step out of bed, she simply casts a spell upon herself to make the urine in her bladder vanish and quickly falls back asleep. ((Base 3, +1 Part – easy non-fatiguing PeCo spont)) The next time she wakes up, it is past midnight a full day after she finished fixing the Arcane Connection. She is famished (she hadn’t felt real hunger in over a week), but it would be too much trouble to get a meal made at this hour. She casts Call to Slumber upon herself and finishes out the night in bed. ((Base 4, non-fatiguing ReMe spont))

The next morning ((9 days after Loys’s Arts were opened)), Tranquillina stretches her stiff limbs and sore body; she sniffles tentatively, verifying that her head is clearer than it has been in days. A phrase lingers from a dream: “I have made war on my mother….” Not yet fully awake, Tranquillina goes to the door and orders a large, hot meal to be brought to her. As she turns back into the receiving room, she spots the clockwise spiral on the cover of the book sitting on the central table. Though her first reaction is to shudder as she remembers the Analects of Tytalus, the spiral brings her fading dream back to her attention. She sits on the long couch and idly leafs through the book’s pages, not knowing what she is looking for until she finds it. Her hand that turned the pages blocks part of the sentence, but what is visible is quite telling: “I have made war on my mother … yet my worst rival wears my face in the mirror.”

She frowns in thought for several minutes, until the kitchen boy knocks on the door. With a start, Tranquillina realizes that she has not cast her Parma Magica in well over a day. She flinches away from Cumhachd’s book and runs into her bedroom while the meal is set for her, invoking her magical protection as hastily as she can. Shivering with adrenaline, she returns to the receiving room and flips through the book’s pages as she wolfs down her breakfast wholeheartedly. At last her hunger is sated, and she wipes her mouth with the napkin, glancing down at the visible page. Her eyes alight on one corner where it is written in spidery script: “Victory without Battle is like training a wolf; a pointless waste of effort for all concerned.”

The sentence pokes at her mind as she tries to go about her day. She speaks with two of the grogs and three other covenfolk one by one, as part of her nourmal Diocetes routine to keep current on the covenant’s workings; hopefully these interviews are more comfortable for the covenfolk now, as she can preface her Aura of Rightful Authority and Perception of the Conflicting Motives with castings of Shroud Magic, doing away with her sigil’s discomfiting effect on mundanes. But after the last one leaves her chambers, she realizes that she cannot go on ignoring Cumhachd’s presence – today, at least, she wants to confront the matter head on.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:12 pm by gerg

Tranquillina’s magical preparations are somewhat different this time. She does cast Disguise of the New Visage upon herself to restore the more mature appearance she presented to Cumhachd upon the latter’s arrival, but she leaves her talisman cloak’s appearance unchanged. She does thump herself twice in the chest, invoking the talisman’s Gift of the Bear’s Fortitude effect; she also casts Eyes of the Eagle upon herself. Satisfied that she is ready to venture outdoors, she walks quickly out of the mansion and across the long stone bridge, approaching the Tribunal plateau before she has a chance to change her mind.

When she arrives at the occupied villa, she almost loses her nerve; but she forces herself to pound on the door (a little more energetically than is completely necessary). "This is Transkil – " she stops, growling at herself under her breath. “Tranquillina, is who it is.” When the door opens, she lets out a deep breath and drops her shoulders towards a relaxed pose (doing both actions obviously, in view of whomever answered the door) and simply says “Hello.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:17 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:((Tranquillina’s sanctum is solidly within the mansion on the regio side – no cottage – so I’ll assume that’s what you meant.))

“Aye, milady, she is expecting you,” the servant at the door to Tranquillina’s chambers says to Fiona when she arrives. “You are warmly invited into Lady Tranquillina’s sanctum – she is within her laboratory, straight ahead.” The door leads to a well-decorated and comfortable receiving room; it has a single door in the far corner, adorned with a standard Hermetic sanctum marker, that has been left open. A circle has been inscribed on the floor around that doorway; assuming Fiona crosses it, she feels a ping from her Parma Magica.

Behind the door is a short hallway, only a few paces long and barely wide enough for Fiona were she at full size. Two closed doors interrupt the right-hand wall; the other door, at the opposite end of the hall, has also been left open. “Yes, do please come in Fiona,” Tranquillina’s voice rings out (still in Gaelic), “and be welcome.” If you proceed through the door, you find yourself in her laboratory. ((This is the first time Fiona has seen it in person? Either way, make a Per + Magic Theory roll to see what you notice.))

Fiona stops to remove her boots and cloak so as to not drip snow on the floor, then proceeds barefoot back to Tranquillina’s laboratory, taking in everything she can without snooping. She is surprised that Loys didn’t open the door (afaik, the fact that he’s been taken by Cumhachd is still something of a secret), but says nothing.

She does cross the doorway (and raises a brow at the ping), and enters the laboratory. ((Per 0 + Magic Theory 6 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 9, for an 18) = 24.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 03, 2013 10:34 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:Tranquillina’s magical preparations are somewhat different this time. She does cast Disguise of the New Visage upon herself to restore the more mature appearance she presented to Cumhachd upon the latter’s arrival, but she leaves her talisman cloak’s appearance unchanged. She does thump herself twice in the chest, invoking the talisman’s Gift of the Bear’s Fortitude effect; she also casts Eyes of the Eagle upon herself. Satisfied that she is ready to venture outdoors, she walks quickly out of the mansion and across the long stone bridge, approaching the Tribunal plateau before she has a chance to change her mind.

When she arrives at the occupied villa, she almost loses her nerve; but she forces herself to pound on the door (a little more energetically than is completely necessary). "This is Transkil – " she stops, growling at herself under her breath. “Tranquillina, is who it is.” When the door opens, she lets out a deep breath and drops her shoulders towards a relaxed pose (doing both actions obviously, in view of whomever answered the door) and simply says “Hello.”

“Hello. Loys says simply. He looks ill. Dark circles under his eyes, as if he hasn’t slept well, or is ill. Tranquillina has heard stories that opening the Arts can be painful for older apprentices, especially if the magus is working at preserving something, some supernatural quality or capability. “She said you’d be around today or the next day.” He calls out to Cumhachd, “She’s here. Are you receiving visitors?”
“Yes, Loys, send her in, and then go rest. We’re finished for today.”
After Loys escorts her in, he goes into a room and lies on a sleeping pallet and almost as soon as he’s down he begins snoring gently.
“It’s been difficult for him. It’s so much worse to do when they are older. Aurelius told me Ra’am almost died.” She says simply, as if that’s all she’s going to explain about Loys. “What can I do for you, dear? Are you ready to test your fixed connection?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 2:37 am by gerg

((To be clear, I believe Cumhachd’s front room is outside her sanctum mark – Tranquillina certainly is not entering her sanctum proper.))

“It can be difficult to answer questions that contain assumptions,” Tranquillina offers by way of (non-)response. She looks conspicuously around the room instead of at Cumhachd; but instead of trying to convey a sense of contempt, she is actually nervous about making herself more vulnerable. “No, I came to speak with you. About what, I am not really sure, but it seems clear that you have something to communicate to me, and do not plan on leaving instead.”

Tranquillina takes another deep breath (this one not an act at all) and faces her tormentor. “I thought a change of scenery might do us some good. So I have instructed our staff not to provide you with any midday meal today.” She pauses just long enough to see if she got a rise out of Cumhachd, before continuing. “You remember, I suppose, that one of the first spells I ever saw you cast was Woodland Prowler. For a girl new to magic, it made quite an impression. Eventually, once I … began enchanting, I recreated the spell for myself.” She fingers her wolfskin cloak overtly. “I thought we would go on a hunt for lunch today. As a, hmmm,” she almost says ‘truce’ but changes her mind, “as a distraction.” All the muscles in her arms and abdomen are tensed, as if she is expecting a physical blow.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 2:54 am by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona stops to remove her boots and cloak so as to not drip snow on the floor, then proceeds barefoot back to Tranquillina’s laboratory, taking in everything she can without snooping. She is surprised that Loys didn’t open the door (afaik, the fact that he’s been taken by Cumhachd is still something of a secret), but says nothing.
She does cross the doorway (and raises a brow at the ping), and enters the laboratory. ((Per + Magic Theory roll of 24.))
((ooooh, wowzers))

Indeed, Loys is nowhere to be seen inside the laboratory; still, the large room is spotless, making her comfortable walking around in bare feet. Perhaps it is Fiona’s familiarity with Tranquillina, or perhaps simply her long experience with Hermetic magic, but the giantess comprehends at a glance the organization of the lab: across the room, all of the Corpus specimens; two furnaces (that one there, not built into the wall, obviously enchanted); supreme organization all around, showing that its patient owner has spent countless weeks (even more than Fiona herself has) arranging its contents for both accessibility and astrological resonance. Here in the near corner, a full human corpse stands up on a pedestal – macabre, to be sure, but with the relevant tools and workspace all available nearby, it is obviously a pivotal location for Tranquillina’s work, much like her own still. And, come to think of it, Fiona sees no still at all herein, no way to squeeze vis from the aura.

Tranquillina is standing at a workbench, a cloth laid open upon it and two crumbling pieces of pointed rock placed barely within arm’s reach. “Welcome, sister,” she says with a brief smile, keeping her eyes on her work. “It’s nice of you to come.” Holding her breath, she rubs one of the rock pieces over the cloth in parallel rows, as if painting a tiny fence; assuming that she has repeated this action many times already, it’s clear that she is fixing an Arcane Connection of some sort. Her arms and their pallor lean heavily on the workbench, and she is sweating noticeably.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 8:26 am by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:((To be clear, I believe Cumhachd’s front room is outside her sanctum mark – Tranquillina certainly is not entering her sanctum proper.))

“It can be difficult to answer questions that contain assumptions,” Tranquillina offers by way of (non-)response. She looks conspicuously around the room instead of at Cumhachd; but instead of trying to convey a sense of contempt, she is actually nervous about making herself more vulnerable. “No, I came to speak with you. About what, I am not really sure, but it seems clear that you have something to communicate to me, and do not plan on leaving instead.”

Tranquillina takes another deep breath (this one not an act at all) and faces her tormentor. “I thought a change of scenery might do us some good. So I have instructed our staff not to provide you with any midday meal today.” She pauses just long enough to see if she got a rise out of Cumhachd, before continuing. “You remember, I suppose, that one of the first spells I ever saw you cast was Woodland Prowler. For a girl new to magic, it made quite an impression. Eventually, once I … began enchanting, I recreated the spell for myself.” She fingers her wolfskin cloak overtly. “I thought we would go on a hunt for lunch today. As a, hmmm,” she almost says ‘truce’ but changes her mind, “as a distraction.” All the muscles in her arms and abdomen are tensed, as if she is expecting a physical blow.

Cumhachd ponders for a moment, and then smiles. And says simply, “No.” She lets it sink in for a bit. “You indicate you wished to speak, and then your first action after that is to have us change forms and go on a hunt as wolves. We cannot talk when we are wolves, so you must hope for a bonding experience. I question your commitment, since you never had any desire to bond with me before. No, instead, I think it’s time to end the game you started over 40 years ago. It is the game you have played for too long. I have demonstrated to you I can play it better. You should realize by now, you’ve started a game you cannot win and stop playing.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 11:43 am by gerg

“Oh, Cumhachd,” Tranquillina reproaches, shaking her head with an unpleasant chuckle as she looks away. “You certainly are not used to giving me any credit, are you.” She steps back to give herself some room, then drops to the floor and rolls three times to her left, her talisman changing her into a wolf. She then casts Stories of the Beast upon herself to restore her ability to speak. ((Sta -3 + Mu 12 + An 8 + no penalties for words/gestures, due to Mastery = automatic.)) “I always assumed that you had this ability yourself,” wolf-Tranquillina says. “but fear not – my spell can affect others as well as myself.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 12:29 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:“Oh, Cumhachd,” Tranquillina reproaches, shaking her head with an unpleasant chuckle as she looks away. “You certainly are not used to giving me any credit, are you.” She steps back to give herself some room, then drops to the floor and rolls three times to her left, her talisman changing her into a wolf. She then casts Stories of the Beast upon herself to restore her ability to speak. ((Sta -3 + Mu 12 + An 8 + no penalties for words/gestures, due to Mastery = automatic.)) “I always assumed that you had this ability yourself,” wolf-Tranquillina says. “but fear not – my spell can affect others as well as myself.”

“If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.” She smiles and continues, “You cannot hunt and talk at the same time. If one hunts, one must concentrate on the hunt. If one talks, one must focus on the conversation. So, again, I return to my position, I question your commitment, to either endeavor. I’m done playing your games, because you are no good at them. You assume that I am unable to make speech while I am in the form of an animal, but you confuse a lack of ability with a lack of desire.”

Cumhachd sighs and seems genuinely weary, “It is always your manner to mistake my words for the meaning they convey. Eskil, you did this when you were my apprentice. You did this when you were Tria’s apprentice, and you did this with Maximanius’s apprentice. You always thought you knew best. But you constantly question the lesson. Your ability to grasp the underlying concepts of magic is unquestioned. Your ability to understand the world as it goes on around you is suspect. You’ve no doubt heard of the gifts I’ve given your sodales here at Mons Electi. Carefully selected gifts, highly personalized. And you presume I’m here only because of you. The the gifts I’ve given are to demonstrate how nice I can be, and drive a wedge between you and your sodales. But consider carefully, that you are here,” Cumhachd’s voice grows loud and it shakes the villa, “BECAUSE OF ME.”

“Careful, Cumhachd.” A disembodied voice sounds.
Cumhcahd responds, in the general direction of the voice. “Shut up, you old fool.” Her anger is readily apparent, and the silence hangs in the room punctuated only by Loys’ snoring. "I know you know about Loys, and I know you have an arcane connection, fixed to me of mine own spittle. Use it against me and strike me down. But you won’t. You don’t have the guts. And what’s more, and despite your knowledge, you don’t have the skill, and I know.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 10:34 pm by gerg

All trace of cordiality, of desire to meet Cumhachd halfway, is now eradicated from Tranquillina’s mind. “Bravo, Cumhachd – quite a stirring speech, as usual. Everything I do is foolish, everything you say is wise.” She switches to Gaelic, in which her speech can come more quickly and with more emotional bite. “It’s so easy to proclaim that you know all my reasons for doing the things I do, and declare them either failures or consequences of your brilliant maneuvering. But you are the one who is bereft of the slightest clue when it comes to understanding other people.”

“It’s such a pleasure to hear you trot out the old, tired lapine cliches. Your shallow characterization of hunting and conversing – what Tytalus would shrink from walking and talking at the same time? – you have no … this was an overture, lady,” she snarls, jabbing a forepaw at herself (she elects to stay in wolf form, despite not really wanting to, to spite Cumhachd). “But nooo, you have your own little plan, and nothing variable from outside yourself can dare intrude. I attempted – against all better judgment – to convince myself to try to communicate with you today. But you are uninterested in communication: all you crave is control. You speak of ‘focus’, but you mean only obedience.”

“Well, guess what, cara,” Tranquillina growls sarcastically, “I am not your apprentice any more. I am not your plaything, I am not your servant. You can say all you want about my inability to frame the world exactly as you do, you can ply your cheap manipulation all you want, you can cling to your monotonous characterization as a ‘game’ of any notion conceived independently of your precious script. These are your failings, not mine!” The word ‘not’ is understandable only from context, as it is essentially an animal bark. “God above only knows what your goal in coming here was; but unless it was to confirm your commitment to sadism, your inability to weigh the perspective of your target makes it impossible for you to accomplish anything but bluster and bully.”

“I hope I have adequately expressed my gratitude for all your generous gifts; now be silent, old woman!” She turns her head slightly, aiming vaguely at the spot from which the second voice emanated. “Who else is present?! Reveal yourself, scryer!”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 11:07 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:((Per + Magic Theory roll of 24.))
((ooooh, wowzers))

((Yeah, why can’t I roll like that when I have to get a spell off with high Penetration? ))

gerg wrote:Indeed, Loys is nowhere to be seen inside the laboratory; still, the large room is spotless, making her comfortable walking around in bare feet. Perhaps it is Fiona’s familiarity with Tranquillina, or perhaps simply her long experience with Hermetic magic, but the giantess comprehends at a glance the organization of the lab: across the room, all of the Corpus specimens; two furnaces (that one there, not built into the wall, obviously enchanted); supreme organization all around, showing that its patient owner has spent countless weeks (even more than Fiona herself has) arranging its contents for both accessibility and astrological resonance. Here in the near corner, a full human corpse stands up on a pedestal – macabre, to be sure, but with the relevant tools and workspace all available nearby, it is obviously a pivotal location for Tranquillina’s work, much like her own still. And, come to think of it, Fiona sees no still at all herein, no way to squeeze vis from the aura.

Fiona wanders carefully, taking it all in, making no attempt to hide the near-awe she feels at the laboratory set-up – it’s the first time she’s been in a Bonisagus’s laboratory, and she is more than curious as to how they do it. She glances at the corpse quickly (a morbid curiosity as to whether she recognizes him), but doesn’t dwell overlong on it, as there is too much other stuff to take in.

gerg wrote:Tranquillina is standing at a workbench, a cloth laid open upon it and two crumbling pieces of pointed rock placed barely within arm’s reach. “Welcome, sister,” she says with a brief smile, keeping her eyes on her work. “It’s nice of you to come.” Holding her breath, she rubs one of the rock pieces over the cloth in parallel rows, as if painting a tiny fence; assuming that she has repeated this action many times already, it’s clear that she is fixing an Arcane Connection of some sort. Her arms and their pallor lean heavily on the workbench, and she is sweating noticeably.

Fiona watches Tranquillina intently for a couple of minutes, a worried look on her face. The lack of a still, or any kind of apparatus that can be used to extract, or even handle, vis, did not go unnoticed by her, and the fact that she is obviously fixing an Arcane Connection (to Cumhachd, apparently, based on what she was told earlier in the day) makes Fiona realize something about her sodalis. She’s obsessed, she thinks. She is so intent on getting at Cumhachd that she doesn’t care what she does to herself. That’s not healthy, and it’s certainly not going to make her any stronger.

“Would you like something to drink, Tranquillina? Some water, some wine, maybe some medicinal tea?” she says, her face returning to her more normal stoic expression. ((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + die roll of 3 = 8.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 04, 2013 11:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Very well, since you will only hear me if I can prove my abilities.”
Cumhachd transforms into a wolf and then begins speaking.
Cumhachd’s voice is very calm, “You don’t know his voice, of course. But put Fiona here, Korvin or Alexei, perhaps that Jacques and maybe Isen, too. I know Marcus and Laetitia know him, for his last letter to me was that his harbingers had arrived. But you’d know his hand, since you two wrote each other. He would never have known to write you were it not for me. Tria would never have taken you as her apprentice, if not for me. And Maximanius didn’t teach you about the art of Corpus, or unlock your gifts for it, to be more precise, I did. Who else but a Tytalus could assist a Tremere with a deception of the scale of his. Who interceded with Astrolabe, on his behalf to accept him as an ‘apprentice’? The coming storm has been building for some time, and it’s about to get worse. I have done what I can to limit Guernicus’s mundane agents. You have little idea of the scope of their network. The irony that they have the most extensive network of agents for interfering with mundanes, but no one can touch them. You have no idea the scale of what you’re involved in, you only have a tiny slice, but there is one person, one person who knows the grand plan.” The look on her face makes it look obvious that she’s referring to herself.

“You’ve been battling with this version of me you’ve created in your head for 40 years, but I am not her. I’m so much more than that. The truths I know are so much worse than the truths you imbue your phantasm. I’m not playing you, girl, you’re playing yourself. The game I’m playing is not you, but you are a piece I’ve positioned to be at the right place, at the right time.”

“So, are you interested in hunting bigger game? I have much more important things to do, and with Loys, I have yet another thing to do. So, you can help me, or you can continue to play your petty games.”

She changes back to human form, not bothering to put her robes back on. “Valerian has caught my scent. Once he caught Apollodorus scent it took him about 12 years to fully identify him and then take him down. He’s getting better at it, before that it was 16 years, and before that it was 20 years. But he hasn’t caught the exemplar of Vim, and it is my hope that my efforts will preserve him.” Exemplar rings loud in Tranquillina’s ear and she’s reminded of her conversation with Tria and Maris just over a year ago.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 12:14 am by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona watches Tranquillina intently for a couple of minutes, a worried look on her face…. “Would you like something to drink, Tranquillina? Some water, some wine, maybe some medicinal tea?” she says, her face returning to her more normal stoic expression. ((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + die roll of 3 = 8.))

((Folk Ken roll … is a botch! I gave myself an extra botch die, but it was a botch regardless. Oh, poor Fiona, she doesn’t deserve this…!))

Tranquillina glances up once from her unpleasant work while her guest is taking in the laboratory; her first impression is that Fiona genuinely admires the work she has done, which gives her a moment of satisfaction. However, when Fiona speaks, it’s clear that the seeming admiration was just a ploy to soften her up. The pitying look on the white-haired maga’s face, the over-soothing tone of voice … Tranquillina knows when she is being judged. “I, just had some tea … what are you implying, Fiona? That I don’t know how to take care of myself?” She pushes the pointed rocks violently away from herself with disgust on her face; a small chunk of the precious vis-infused material spills onto the floor, wasted. “I am perfectly capable, sodalis,” she declares in Latin, “of managing my own health and keeping up with my, my research.” She moves to stand in front of the cloth, blocking it from view. “Is this why you followed me here – to criticize me?!”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 12:57 am by gerg

((Holy crap, the thickening plot keeps getting better! ))

Tranquillina is stunned. She is, simply, stunned. She had half expected Cumhachd to launch her out of the villa again or perform some similarly hostile action; instead, the unpredictable maga had actually given her valuable information. Tranquillina hopes that Cumhachd is not skilled at reading the expressions of wolves, because she has no idea what she would do to hide her profound surprise. For a long moment that stretches painfully into another, she stands there on all fours, tongue tasting the air and ears raised high, staring at the naked woman. At last, she licks her fangs and swallows hard.

“That … Apollodorus, is … still alive?!” She rolls slowly to her right, ending up in human form with her cloak bound tightly around her. “All this time … you are here, now?” She is so preoccupied with the geyser of revelations that she completely fails to notice (and how ashamed she would be, if she did notice) that as she stands, she retrieves Cumhachd’s robes from where they had fallen and unconsciously hands them to the elder maga, a perfect picture of servility. “What happened to you that day?” she begs (back in Latin) to no particular spot in the air.

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Valerian has caught my scent. Once he caught Apollodorus scent it took him about 12 years to fully identify him and then take him down. He’s getting better at it, before that it was 16 years, and before that it was 20 years. But he hasn’t caught the exemplar of Vim, and it is my hope that my efforts will preserve him.” Exemplar rings loud in Tranquillina’s ear and she’s reminded of her conversation with Tria and Maris just over a year ago.

Tranquillina’s mind spins furiously, working out implications. “Apollodorus was … is … an Exemplar of Rego. But that’s … not just loosely descriptive? There are, specific, Exemplars for other Arts….” Even her rancor for Cumhachd’s slights is no match for the chance to theorize. “Whom else did Valerian attack? And – how many Exemplars remain?”

Jonathan.Link wrote:“So, are you interested in hunting bigger game? I have much more important things to do, and with Loys, I have yet another thing to do. So, you can help me, or you can continue to play your petty games.”

A seed of self-loathing starts to germinate inside Tranquillina – because she knows what she is going to say. This Tytalus maga, who treated her like dirt as a young woman, who followed her across Europe to insert herself on their doorstep like a scorpion … thinks she deserves Tranquillina’s help? And after needing to be screamed at just to get around to the point? And yet – learning about Apollodorus, and the hints of others like him, with unimaginable power in their respective Arts – being told that Cumhachd had information about the Guernicus conspiracy threatening Mons Electi and the Order, in fact (she would have her believe) was a central player in an opposing scheme…. The seed grows quickly, because Tranquillina knows that the right, the righteous thing to do would be to tell Cumhachd to get out of this regio, get out of the entire Tribunal, and go back to the sorry life she has crafted for herself, go and take her new slave (traitor that he is) and begin the cycle anew. That’s what she deserves.

But that’s not what Tranquillina is going to say, and she knows it. The same rush she felt when Alexei had told her of Mons Electi’s enemies, the same trembling vitality that hit her after encountering Rose’s field Aegis, the empowerment she felt going after Marcus in the Magic Realm … her desires for ferreting out tantalizing secrets, for actions that meant something, are not something she can resist, when the opportunity is dropped in her lap. She looks at Cumhachd, and a thousand barbs and insults come to mind, but she isn’t going to say them, because the damn schemer has set a trap after all.

And so, squeezing her eyes shut, Tranquillina slowly, reluctantly chooses something else to say, the thing that she knew all along she was going to say. “So … what is this bigger game that needs hunting, then?”
And she hates herself for it.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 4:58 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:avFolk Ken roll…is a botch! I gave myself an extra botch die, but it was a botch regardless. Oh, poor Fiona, she doesn’t deserve this…!))

Tranquillina glances up once from her unpleasant work while her guest is taking in the laboratory; her first impression is that Fiona genuinely admires the work she has done, which gives her a moment of satisfaction. However, when Fiona speaks, it’s clear that the seeming admiration was just a ploy to soften her up. The pitying look on the white-haired maga’s face, the over-soothing tone of voice … Tranquillina knows when she is being judged. “I, just had some tea … what are you implying, Fiona? That I don’t know how to take care of myself?” She pushes the pointed rocks violently away from herself with disgust on her face; a small chunk of the precious vis-infused material spills onto the floor, wasted. “I am perfectly capable, sodalis,” she declares in Latin, “of managing my own health and keeping up with my, my research.” She moves to stand in front of the cloth, blocking it from view. “Is this why you followed me here – to criticize me?!”

((Actually, in this form, her hair is still red…the sigil only manifests during the casting, which I’ve clarified on the wiki.))

It’s the fatigue talking, nothing more, Fiona tells herself, unconvincingly. “I’m implying nothing, my friend,” she says as calmly as she can. “You came to me for help because you were ill. I gave you some medicine and advised you to rest, but you said that your project couldn’t wait until morning, so you came back here, against my advice. I asked to come with you, with your consent, to keep an eye on you and make sure you don’t work yourself into the ground. You are feverish, sweating like a pig, and barely able to stand. You tell me if that sounds like a woman who is capable of managing her own health.”

She sighs. “If you want me to leave, I’ll leave. But here.” Fiona reaches into her pouch and pulls out a few sachets, setting them on the table. “Boil the contents of one of these in water for a quarter hour,” she says, setting three aside, “and drink the tea while it’s still warm; it loses its potency when it gets cold, and reheating it won’t help. That is for the chill, fever, and sweats. This one,” she says, lifting and setting down the third one, “stir briskly into warm milk; that’s to give you a restful and healing sleep. If you want me, these can also serve as an Arcane Connection*, at least for a while.”

Fiona makes no attempt to hide the hurt in her eyes as she turns to leave. “I think I can show myself out, I don’t want to interrupt your work more than I already have.”

Ordinarily, she would find someone to share her bed for the night (she’s thinking Melisent), but thinks that would not only be awkward if Tranquillina Leapt to her room while they were busy, but that she would take it as an intentional humiliation. So, she simply returns to her room, retrieves her godemiche from its storage place in her wardrobe, and relieves some tension before drifting off into a restless, dream-filled sleep.

  • Based on “an item designed and made by the target, for example, a letter composed and written by the target,” which lasts Weeks. My assumption is that, since Fiona gathered the plants herself and dried, ground, mixed, whatever to make the medicines, and put them into little cloth pouches that she made herself, this would be similar.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 9:21 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:“That … Apollodorus, is … still alive?!” She rolls slowly to her right, ending up in human form with her cloak bound tightly around her. “All this time … you are here, now?” She is so preoccupied with the geyser of revelations that she completely fails to notice (and how ashamed she would be, if she did notice) that as she stands, she retrieves Cumhachd’s robes from where they had fallen and unconsciously hands them to the elder maga, a perfect picture of servility. “What happened to you that day?” she begs (back in Latin) to no particular spot in the air.

“No, he’s not alive, exactly. He is still around, and with some effort he can converse. It is costly though, I’ve used quite a bit of Vis to converse with him.” Cumhachd takes the robes from Tranquillina, “Thank you, dear.”
gerg wrote:Tranquillina’s mind spins furiously, working out implications. “Apollodorus was … is … an Exemplar of Rego. But that’s … not just loosely descriptive? There are, specific, Exemplars for other Arts….” Even her rancor for Cumhachd’s slights is no match for the chance to theorize. “Whom else did Valerian attack? And – how many Exemplars remain?”

“Their names are not important. And it is aptly descriptive. But what is important is that House Guernicus has made it their number one priority to destroy them whenever they found them. With the exception of one of their own who is in their ranks. And as I said, Valerian has taken out three, so far.”
gerg wrote:And so, squeezing her eyes shut, Tranquillina slowly, reluctantly chooses something else to say, the thing that she knew all along she was going to say. “So … what is this bigger game that needs hunting, then?”

Cumhachd says, without any trace of sarcasm, “Why, Bilera of Guernicus, of course.” and smiles widely.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 11:02 pm by gerg

On rare occasions, when clues are put together just so, an idea becomes part of one’s brain with no intermediate stage of construction or vetting. It is simply present, self-evident, wholly formed from the first instant of its apprehension, unburdened even with the possibility that a person could have lacked the notion earlier. “Valerian is the Exemplar of Terram.” Tranquillina says it aloud, not to ask it, nor to prove she knows it, but simply because it is clearly true. His skill with Terram is that of Apollodorus’s skill with Rego. And he, a generation more powerful than Maris, at least….

“Who is this Exemplar of Vim, who is now being hunted?” she asks Cumhachd. “And – how do these Exemplars come to exist? What force creates them?”

Jonathan.Link wrote:
gerg wrote:And so, squeezing her eyes shut, Tranquillina slowly, reluctantly chooses something else to say, the thing that she knew all along she was going to say. “So … what is this bigger game that needs hunting, then?”

Cumhachd says, without any trace of sarcasm, “Why, Bilera of Guernicus, of course.” and smiles widely.

Tranquillina lowers her head, raises her shoulders to guard her neck, seems to shrink slightly. A bit of a three-ring circus plays itself out within her, nearly subliminally. In one side ring, a locutor crafts a meticulous argument detailing why Tranquillina could never be equal to such a task, how it would be the height of foolish hubris even to consider it. That would be the phantasm of Cumhachd, of course; oddly, the voice is much the same as that in the other side ring, which is much quieter but points out that Cumhachd, the actual, has raised the matter herself, so must have some belief in its appropriateness. Unless it is one of her intrigues, batters back the phantasm. Tranquillina, only marginally able to perceive the details of this spectacle, sits in the center ring. Or perhaps she is the circus master herself, standing outside the entire affair, providing structure for the show but hearing only the rippling reactions from the crowd. And truly, there is a third act, proceeding independently of the debate from the sides: that would be Tranquillina’s voice, calmly choosing words while the inner flagellation plays out. “I can only assume that this ‘hunting’ does not refer to actually killing her. As you have mentioned, that sort of power is not my specialty.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sun May 05, 2013 11:08 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:It’s the fatigue talking, nothing more, Fiona tells herself, unconvincingly….
“If you want me to leave, I’ll leave. But here.” Fiona reaches into her pouch and pulls out a few sachets, setting them on the table. “Boil the contents of one of these in water for a quarter hour,” she says, setting three aside, “and drink the tea while it’s still warm; it loses its potency when it gets cold, and reheating it won’t help. That is for the chill, fever, and sweats. This one,” she says, lifting and setting down the third one, “stir briskly into warm milk; that’s to give you a restful and healing sleep. If you want me, these can also serve as an Arcane Connection, at least for a while.”
Fiona makes no attempt to hide the hurt in her eyes as she turns to leave. “I think I can show myself out, I don’t want to interrupt your work more than I already have.”

Fiona is completely correct that it is Tranquillina’s prostration that has blinded her to the friendly concern, and indeed causes her to think that Fiona’s hurt expression is another piece of guile. The Bonisagus slaves away over the cloth for an hour more at least, sustained over her weakened body by magic and fixation. Damn her, telling me how I can’t tend to my own state of being, she grumbles as she finally brings her work to a stopping point. With a snort of contempt, she leaves the sachets on the table where they lie and heads off to bed.

But by the end of the week, she has used every one of the medicinal gifts, to her betterment.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 8:46 am by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:“Who is this Exemplar of Vim, who is now being hunted?” she asks Cumhachd. “And – how do these Exemplars come to exist? What force creates them?”

“Who he is is not important at this time. He is well protected, and my agents are able to see to his needs both Hermetic and mundane. And didn’t I make myself clear? Valerian has caught my scent. I am being hunted. You see, we can identify each other, after a fashion. It’s a very subtle signal, but for Valerian, it’s growing much easier to read, or our signal is becoming stronger, as the Exemplars are destroyed or otherwise lost to us. He caught my scent at Grand Tribunal.”

gerg wrote:“I can only assume that this ‘hunting’ does not refer to actually killing her. As you have mentioned, that sort of power is not my specialty.”

Cumhachd uses Tranquillina’s given name but doesn’t seem to be using it vindictively, if Tranquillina wants to hear the tone, it sounds loving, “Eskil, come now. The irony that you say such a thing in the form of a wolf; is it a hunt if you don’t bring down the prey? I do mean to kill her. And I mean to do it in front of Valerian, himself.” Her voice is firm, controlled and neither it nor her voice display any sense of madness that this outline of a plan suggests. “Your power is greater than you think, but I don’t intend for you to do the deed. That is my task. No, I intend for you to be my co-conspirator. Our relationship is uniquely suited to this task.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 8:52 am by jebrick

((When these conversations wrap up a bit, Korvin will call a council meeting to discuss casting an AoH around the villa. Of course, other things can be discussed as well. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 1:30 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Who he is is not important at this time. He is well protected, and my agents are able to see to his needs both Hermetic and mundane. And didn’t I make myself clear? Valerian has caught my scent. I am being hunted. You see, we can identify each other, after a fashion. It’s a very subtle signal, but for Valerian, it’s growing much easier to read, or our signal is becoming stronger, as the Exemplars are destroyed or otherwise lost to us. He caught my scent at Grand Tribunal.”

((I feel like Tranquillina would know enough about Cumhachd’s magic to figure out which Exemplar she is – but I the player am not sure … Corpus?))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd uses Tranquillina’s given name but doesn’t seem to be using it vindictively, if Tranquillina wants to hear the tone, it sounds loving, “Eskil, come now. The irony that you say such a thing in the form of a wolf; is it a hunt if you don’t bring down the prey? I do mean to kill her. And I mean to do it in front of Valerian, himself.” Her voice is firm, controlled and neither it nor her voice display any sense of madness that this outline of a plan suggests. “Your power is greater than you think, but I don’t intend for you to do the deed. That is my task. No, I intend for you to be my co-conspirator. Our relationship is uniquely suited to this task.”

((I’ll penalize her Folk Ken roll -3 due to her insecurity – if anything I’m going easy on her Per 2 + Folk Ken (opinions of her) 4 – insecure 3 + stress die 1 / exploder 7 = 17. Maybe her Folk Ken specialization should be Tytalus ))
((PS: She’s back in human form now))

“Well,” Tranquillina starts, unimpressively. “Whatever might be said about you, nobody shall accuse you of making small schemes.” While it confuses her greatly, she can hear the fondness in Cumhachd’s voice. The phantasms in her head decide to take a lunch break, promising however to return replenished.

Wondering how to proceed, she thinks back to Stultus’s exhortation not to mask her feelings around him; she decides to hope that is an appropriate tactic here. “Look, Cumhachd … I know enough about Valerian’s power, and Bilera’s influence, and Guernicus’s corruption to be extremely skeptical about your ability to fulfill this dream. And describing a cooperative venture between you and me as ‘unlikely’ is the acme of understatement; I cannot imagine working successfully in concert with you.” Tranquillina holds up a hand to forestall any argument. “However – other things have been revealed to me just now that I also could not imagine. And skepticism is not the same as outright denial. Ergo, my optimal course of action, logically, is to gather more information with which to evaluate your proposal to … to accomplish something that needs accomplishing,” she surprises herself with the venom in her voice, “and something that will protect my covenant.”

“In short,” she concludes, hands on her hips and a wry smile on her lips, “what do you propose ‘our’ plan be?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 1:56 pm by Jonathan.Link

((We’ll play it that Tranquillina might be sure, since she and Stultus are so different, and both are touched by Cumhachd, it makes it tough to categorize her. So, if the player wants to know, Tranquillina needs to ask/confirm.))

gerg wrote:“In short,” she concludes, hands on her hips and a wry smile on her lips, “what do you propose ‘our’ plan be?”

“That is the simplicity of the scheme. We will not cooperate, or we will not appear to be cooperating. We have over 40 years of history with which to bait the trap. You and will continue our public enmity, escalating our public responses to each other, until you bring action to me at a tribunal, probably a special one, and probably one that will involve members of both our regional Tribunals. And who better to be Presiding Quaesitor of such a tribunal than the Presiding Quaesitor of the past Grand Tribunal? It is possible that she might decline, but Valerian would counsel her to accept, since he has caught my scent. He will perceive the opportunity to be too good to pass up, because it will give him an opportunity to strike at me, or at least test my defenses. Or that is my hope. It is very possible that I am wrong about this, but Valerian is very predictable. We must simply ensure that our behavior is such that it rises to a level which requires an inter-Tribunal response.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 2:50 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:((We’ll play it that Tranquillina might be sure, since she and Stultus are so different, and both are touched by Cumhachd, it makes it tough to categorize her. So, if the player wants to know, Tranquillina needs to ask/confirm.))

((Gotcha. and Hence:))
Tranquillina peers carefully at Cumhachd. “You claim that you are the cause of my rapport with my favored Form. Are you … professing to be the Exemplar of Corpus?”
((OOC, I can’t decide if I predict Corpus or Mentem….))

Jonathan.Link wrote:“That is the simplicity of the scheme. We will not cooperate, or we will not appear to be cooperating. We have over 40 years of history with which to bait the trap. You and will continue our public enmity, escalating our public responses to each other, until you bring action to me at a tribunal, probably a special one, and probably one that will involve members of both our regional Tribunals. And who better to be Presiding Quaesitor of such a tribunal than the Presiding Quaesitor of the past Grand Tribunal? It is possible that she might decline, but Valerian would counsel her to accept, since he has caught my scent. He will perceive the opportunity to be too good to pass up, because it will give him an opportunity to strike at me, or at least test my defenses. Or that is my hope. It is very possible that I am wrong about this, but Valerian is very predictable. We must simply ensure that our behavior is such that it rises to a level which requires an inter-Tribunal response.”

“Special Tribunals are hard to arrange … unless you mean for this to happen at next year’s discussion of Mons Electi as the permanent site for Normandy meetings?” Tranquillina rubs her chin in thought.

“Certainly, this relocation of yours to my doorstep is a public step of escalation. Hence a response from me is needed, an appropriate one. Do you intend that we coordinate these responses?” Tranquillina looks at the maga pointedly. “And there will be those who suspect our cooperation, however unlikely it may seem given our outward motives, simply because we have the means and opportunity.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 3:19 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:((We’ll play it that Tranquillina might be sure, since she and Stultus are so different, and both are touched by Cumhachd, it makes it tough to categorize her. So, if the player wants to know, Tranquillina needs to ask/confirm.))

((Gotcha. and Hence:))
Tranquillina peers carefully at Cumhachd. “You claim that you are the cause of my rapport with my favored Form. Are you … professing to be the Exemplar of Corpus?”
((OOC, I can’t decide if I predict Corpus or Mentem….))

((Until this moment, I’ve vacillated between the two, myself.))
“Indeed I am, child.” she says, nodding approvingly. “Only one of us has had a measure of success imparting their knowledge to their filius and filia, and his methods have had some unfortunate results. I, instead, chose the safer path with you. Stultus, his problems with Corpus manifested as a Difficult Longeveity ritual, and he didn’t take to my training regimen.. Or I had gented his Gift, which made teaching more to him too difficult, at the time. I can’t rightly recall. It was a decision I made at the time, and deemed it unimportant to remember the why’s and wherefore’s.”
gerg wrote:“Special Tribunals are hard to arrange … unless you mean for this to happen at next year’s discussion of Mons Electi as the permanent site for Normandy meetings?” Tranquillina rubs her chin in thought.

“And there is the issue of Loys, although the legal issues surrounding him are murky, at best. Any number of things we do to each other will raise the stakes, and get us noticed. No, I intend for you to force Cavillor’s hand while I force Whitburh’s hand. Both will appeal to Magvillus, and Bilera will have little choice but to convene the Tribunal herself.”

gerg wrote:“Certainly, this relocation of yours to my doorstep is a public step of escalation. Hence a response from me is needed, an appropriate one. Do you intend that we coordinate these responses?” Tranquillina looks at the maga pointedly. “And there will be those who suspect our cooperation, however unlikely it may seem given our outward motives, simply because we have the means and opportunity.”

“No, I’m not suggesting a coordinated response and counter-response, as that would look…inauthentic. I will remain on my best behavior for the remainder of my stay here. You should continue to show open hostility towards me with your sodales. I would be cautious about confiding with your sodales on this matter. My reason for staying is simple, opening Loys’ Arts is too delicate an operation to be done outside my lab, and I don’t dare risk the transport of either him or my lab now. Besides, I will have preserved his Gentle Gift, and he and I will travel mundanely in the spring. It will be useful to widen his horizons before I begin his training in earnest.” She says the last, hinting at the Book of Instruction.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 11:05 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Indeed I am, child.” she says, nodding approvingly. “Only one of us has had a measure of success imparting their knowledge to their filius and filia, and his methods have had some unfortunate results. I, instead, chose the safer path with you. Stultus, his problems with Corpus manifested as a Difficult Longeveity ritual, and he didn’t take to my training regimen.. Or I had gented his Gift, which made teaching more to him too difficult, at the time. I can’t rightly recall. It was a decision I made at the time, and deemed it unimportant to remember the why’s and wherefore’s.”

Wonderful, so Cumhachd will be better than you at your own specialty, for the rest of your life, no matter how hard you strive; talk about worthless! the voices in Tranquillina’s head chime back in. Shut up…! she hisses back at them. “How did you become … empowerd in this way? And – is Tria an Exemplar too? or is Valerian’s interest in having her slain ‘merely’ political?”

Jonathan.Link wrote:“And there is the issue of Loys, although the legal issues surrounding him are murky, at best. Any number of things we do to each other will raise the stakes, and get us noticed. No, I intend for you to force Cavillor’s hand while I force Whitburh’s hand. Both will appeal to Magvillus, and Bilera will have little choice but to convene the Tribunal herself.”

Tranquillina doesn’t particularly find the legal issues murky: she doesn’t think any Hermetic court (in an ideal Order, where House Guernicus was actually concerned with upholding the Code) would fault Cumhachd for claiming Loys, nor would any stand in her way of reclaiming him by House right … nevertheless she lets the topic pass.

Jonathan.Link wrote:“No, I’m not suggesting a coordinated response and counter-response, as that would look…inauthentic. I will remain on my best behavior for the remainder of my stay here. You should continue to show open hostility towards me with your sodales. I would be cautious about confiding with your sodales on this matter. My reason for staying is simple, opening Loys’ Arts is too delicate an operation to be done outside my lab, and I don’t dare risk the transport of either him or my lab now. Besides, I will have preserved his Gentle Gift, and he and I will travel mundanely in the spring. It will be useful to widen his horizons before I begin his training in earnest.” She says the last, hinting at the Book of Instruction.

Tranquillina visibly shudders at the thought of a Tytalus apprenticeship; she glances over at the sleeping Loys with open pity. “I shall not inform them.” (she is in no hurry to confess her betrayal of her antipathy for Cumhachd) “Not even Stultus. Unless he already knows….”

“What time scale are you planning for, for this Tribunal, and hence for these escalations?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 11:08 pm by Jonathan.Link

Give me a guile roll to hide that inner conflict.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 06, 2013 11:10 pm by Jonathan.Link

And an Intrigue roll, too.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 07, 2013 12:02 am by gerg

Guile roll: Prs 2 + Guile 3 + stress die 2 = 7.
Intrigue roll: Int 3 + Intrigue 4 (+1 if about alliances) + stress die 6 = 13 or 14.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 07, 2013 12:22 am by Jonathan.Link

Tranquillina suspects that taking Loys is a key part of Cumhachd’s plan.
gerg wrote:Wonderful, so Cumhachd will be better than you at your own specialty, for the rest of your life, no matter how hard you strive; talk about worthless! the voices in Tranquillina’s head chime back in. Shut up…! she hisses back at them. “How did you become … empowerd in this way? And – is Tria an Exemplar too? or is Valerian’s interest in having her slain ‘merely’ political?”

“Jealous of me, are you? Well, you should be and you shouldn’t be. This is as much of a gift as a curse. Ask Apollodorus, sometime. Would you like to be Valerian’s prey? Tria is not an Exemplar, she is very active and adept in politics.”
gerg wrote:Tranquillina visibly shudders at the thought of a Tytalus apprenticeship; she glances over at the sleeping Loys with open pity. “I shall not inform them.” (she is in no hurry to confess her betrayal of her antipathy for Cumhachd) “Not even Stultus. Unless he already knows….”

“What time scale are you planning for, for this Tribunal, and hence for these escalations?”

Cumhachd contemplates, “Perhaps half a dozen years, maybe a bit less?”. She then switches to the mater of Stultus, “No, I haven’t told him. It would be wise to include him in your plans. As you move against me, he must move against you. His responsibility to our rivalry demands no less, and, he is a key part of this, as it will intensify the scope of activity between us. As for Loys, don’t be concerned, you learned well enough from the Book to attempt to cultivate a relationship with Tria, and put yourself Ina position to be claimed, that level of rebellion deserved its own reward. Be that as it may, you gave up on your full potential, and I was either going to have to destroy you, or use your rebellion to my own advantage. I enjoyed goading Tria into taking you, despite how easy it was.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 07, 2013 4:56 pm by gerg

((I’m not sure how to interpret the words ‘include [Stultus] in your plans’. Does she mean, inform him of Tranquillina’s plans? or, prepare for his inevitable opposition to her plans?))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd contemplates, “Perhaps half a dozen years, maybe a bit less?”. She then switches to the mater of Stultus, “No, I haven’t told him. It would be wise to include him in your plans. As you move against me, he must move against you. His responsibility to our rivalry demands no less, and, he is a key part of this, as it will intensify the scope of activity between us. As for Loys, don’t be concerned, you learned well enough from the Book to attempt to cultivate a relationship with Tria, and put yourself Ina position to be claimed, that level of rebellion deserved its own reward. Be that as it may, you gave up on your full potential, and I was either going to have to destroy you, or use your rebellion to my own advantage. I enjoyed goading Tria into taking you, despite how easy it was.”

After the casual reference to destroying her and manipulating her life like she was an unwanted kitten, Tranquillina realizes that it won’t be hard to “pretend” to oppose Cumhachd. She glances over at the sleeping Loys, possibilities going through her mind, none of them particularly pleasant for him. “Yes, well, getting to measure myself against your twisted notion of ‘potential’ is something I have missed ever so much,” she responds sarcastically. “Do you have anything else to tell me at this time? – oh,” she says as if an afterthought, “what exactly did you do to the letter you included with the Analects? There is something magical thereon, but not Hermetic, I have determined.”

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Posted Tue May 07, 2013 5:10 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:((I’m not sure how to interpret the words ‘include [Stultus] in your plans’. Does she mean, inform him of Tranquillina’s plans? or, prepare for his inevitable opposition to her plans?))

(( I read that as “yes to both, but more the first than the second”. He’s going to have to move against BOTH of them in turn, Cumhachd because she’s a Rival and Tranquillina because she’s messing about in the rivalry. Letting him know what Tranquillina’s after would make him much more likely to choose moves which would eventually attract Bilera’s attention — and in the process thoroughly snarl the sequence of events, so it’s not at all clear who did what to whom and why.))

(( How many Tytali does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Seven. One to actually screw it in, and one to confuse the issue. ))

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Posted Tue May 07, 2013 5:36 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:((I’m not sure how to interpret the words ‘include [Stultus] in your plans’. Does she mean, inform him of Tranquillina’s plans? or, prepare for his inevitable opposition to her plans?))

Jonathan.Link wrote:Cumhachd contemplates, “Perhaps half a dozen years, maybe a bit less?”. She then switches to the mater of Stultus, “No, I haven’t told him. It would be wise to include him in your plans. As you move against me, he must move against you. His responsibility to our rivalry demands no less, and, he is a key part of this, as it will intensify the scope of activity between us. As for Loys, don’t be concerned, you learned well enough from the Book to attempt to cultivate a relationship with Tria, and put yourself Ina position to be claimed, that level of rebellion deserved its own reward. Be that as it may, you gave up on your full potential, and I was either going to have to destroy you, or use your rebellion to my own advantage. I enjoyed goading Tria into taking you, despite how easy it was.”

After the casual reference to destroying her and manipulating her life like she was an unwanted kitten, Tranquillina realizes that it won’t be hard to “pretend” to oppose Cumhachd. She glances over at the sleeping Loys, possibilities going through her mind, none of them particularly pleasant for him. “Yes, well, getting to measure myself against your twisted notion of ‘potential’ is something I have missed ever so much,” she responds sarcastically. “Do you have anything else to tell me at this time? – oh,” she says as if an afterthought, “what exactly did you do to the letter you included with the Analects? There is something magical thereon, but not Hermetic, I have determined.”

((How Tranquillina works it out is up to Tranquillina, the less advice Cumhachd gives here the better. More plausible deniability.))
“It is my hope, when I am gone, that you will come to understand that you would not be where you are now without my guidance and support. I don’t expect you to understand what I’ve done, but you should really discover more of your origin from Tranquillina or even Maximanius, if he’s not in Twilight by now.”
Cumhachd shakes her head in response to other things to tell. And when pressed on the “letter” Cumhachd eyebrows arch for a moment. “Why must you be so… indirect? To be precise, I did nothing to the letter. You should well know that I do not entertain imprecise questions. You may try again, if you’d like.”

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Posted Tue May 07, 2013 7:36 pm by gerg

((Let the record show cunningrat claims Tytalus invented the light bulb. ))

If Cumhachd’s pedantic response had come from a fellow Bonisagus, Tranquillina would probably have applauded the spirit behind it; in this context, though, she rolls her eyes in true exasperation. “You utterly fail to entertain, I quite agree…. Very well. Intellego Vim spells ascertained that there is a non-Hermetic supernatural effect present in the neighborhood of the name in the salutation. But my question stands on its own: What supernatural effects, passive or active, are you aware of that have been integrated into or overlain upon the letter or some or all of its component parts, including but not limited to the ink, parchment, and shapes of letters? For each such effect, what agent was responsible for its existence on the letter or its component parts?”

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Posted Tue May 07, 2013 7:53 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:If Cumhachd’s pedantic response had come from a fellow Bonisagus, Tranquillina would probably have applauded the spirit behind it; in this context, though, she rolls her eyes in true exasperation. “You utterly fail to entertain, I quite agree…. Very well. Intellego Vim spells ascertained that there is a non-Hermetic supernatural effect present in the neighborhood of the name in the salutation. But my question stands on its own: What supernatural effects, passive or active, are you aware of that have been integrated into or overlain upon the letter or some or all of its component parts, including but not limited to the ink, parchment, and shapes of letters? For each such effect, what agent was responsible for its existence on the letter or its component parts?”

“You’re so smart, you figure it out.” Cumhachd stands, “I think we’re done here.” She regards Tranquillina, I can assist you, if you’d like." while making a sweeping motion towards the door.

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Posted Tue May 07, 2013 8:19 pm by Jonathan.Link

The following gifts are delivered to the indicated person.

Isen receives a block of unmelting ice.
Alexei, Jacques and Roberto both receive swords. Magnificent swords.
Korvin receives two pair of what appear to be travelling boots.
Stultus receives a book in Greek, it appears to be the genealogy of a family in Greece, the last entries appear to indicate a couple of birth in 1150-1155.
(Am I missing anyone?)

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 12:52 am by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:Stultus receives a book in Greek, it appears to be the genealogy of a family in Greece, the last entries appear to indicate a couple of birth in 1150-1155.

(( Stultus is going to study it for a bit, and then go talk to his Mater to thank her, and ask about a few other things. Can you provide some more information, though?
No one is going to write a genealogy just because. Is it, like, a family bible with names and family trees written on the flyleaf? Or does it appear to be a work someone commissioned?
How far back does the genealogy extend? Is there anything noteworthy (to Stultus) about it?
You mentioned “a couple of births in 1150-1155”. What are the names/genders of the children? And is there any indication of a place the family was living at the time?
))

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 2:24 am by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:“You’re so smart, you figure it out.” Cumhachd stands, “I think we’re done here.” She regards Tranquillina, I can assist you, if you’d like." while making a sweeping motion towards the door.

Tranquillina flinches at Cumhachd’s gesture (even though the Exemplar of Corpus wouldn’t really need to touch her to send her flying off anyway, would she). Hoping to catch Cumhachd off guard, she silently sponts a noise cantrip without moving, creating a half-decent facsimile of the sound of a significant amount of breaking glass inside the villa’s antechamber. ((Base 1, +1 Touch, for a level 2 spell. Sta -3 + Cr 6 + Im 10 + aura 5 – words/gestures 15 + stress die 8 = 11, halved is 6. Int 3 + Finesse 2 + stress die 2 = 7.)) “We cannot let people think we might be friends,” Tranquillina coos in an overly sweet voice.

Then she storms out of the villa, yelling in Latin to vent her many frustrations (and making sure everyone knows they’ve argued): “Damned know-it-all is the rudest guest this Tribunal has ever seen! Keep your breath from cursing my air from now on, you hag! You can pin your feet to this plateau for all I care; I hope you suck on the rock until your lips are raw – dried-up biddy of children’s nightmares!” She walks past the guards on the bridge and a good fifty paces or so further before Leaping back to her sanctum. Without lighting a lamp or candle, she flings herself onto her bed, lying on her back and covering her face with her hands. She doesn’t cry or shake, but she stays there a long time, trying to sort out all of the aspects of the conversation she just had.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 6:36 am by Jonathan.Link

Cumhachd jumps at the noise, but quickly recovers with a comment, It is so very unfortunate that you can’t be comfortable in your own skin. It is a lesson Stultus absorbed quickly and easily.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 8:40 am by Jonathan.Link

((I have a few things left to do here, but I’d rather see how Tranquillina reacts to the events set in motion.))

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 8:58 am by jebrick

Now Korvin calls a council meeting. He lets it be known that they will be discussing Cumhachd’s request for AoH to be cast on the villa.

Korvin waits in the council chambers with his official robes on. He ordered the servants have taken the wine and beer from the room. Watered wine is still here but not the full strength alcohol. He mentally reviews reports he has heard about the various happenings with their “guest.” Ah well. You knew if you allowed the Tytalus in we would get this eventually but we need allies. He thinks. This could be contentious. hehe. The Tytali would love this debate. … I wonder if that milk maid would be up for a roll. She seems receptive but I must be careful. Can not lose respect of the servants with a favorite… hmmm. I must talk to Fiona about Tranquillina. She is going quite crazy abut all of this. Perhaps i’ll send a note to Tria or Petronius to see if they can talk to her…These boots are very fine. I’ll need them soon. Must go and thank Cumhachd for the gift….Wonder if I can get a chicken for dinner?

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 9:09 am by Jonathan.Link

((Goodness. I had no idea Korvin was so crazy! Loved it!))

Marcus shows up, the first to arrive, and he’s walking.
“Mind if I watch? he says while grabbing a seat. He has a large loaf of bread with him (think of it as someone who has a bag of snack foods like chips or popcorn) and settles in to watch the action unfold.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 9:22 am by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:((Goodness. I had no idea Korvin was so crazy! Loved it!))

Marcus shows up, the first to arrive, and he’s walking.
“Mind if I watch? he says while grabbing a seat. He has a large loaf of bread with him (think of it as someone who has a bag of snack foods like chips or popcorn) and settles in to watch the action unfold.

((Korvin thinks in a multithreaded manner. This is the best way I can do it in a single threaded context ))

Please. Gestures to a seat. You may be called on for insight by one side or another. Just a warning.

Korvin waves a servant over and asks if they could have the cook make him a chicken for dinner.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 9:44 am by cunningrat1

(( Damn you, Jebrick, now I want chicken. :p ))

Stultus wanders in, looking unusually harried — shoves a chair away from the table, perches on the edge of said chair, and starts juggling absently, a simple four-ball shower pattern.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 10:40 am by jebrick

Korvin speaks in a calm even voice. Stulus. A short word before the others arrive. I have heard that you might be a rival of Cumhachd. I understand that can be a term of honor or … endearment for Tytali. Before many other people enter, can you explain to me the relationship you have with our guest and what it means.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 11:17 am by qcipher

Jonathan.Link wrote:The following gifts are delivered to the indicated person.

Isen receives a block of unmelting ice.
Alexei, Jacques and Roberto both receive swords. Magnificent swords.
Korvin receives two pair of what appear to be travelling boots.
Stultus receives a book in Greek, it appears to be the genealogy of a family in Greece, the last entries appear to indicate a couple of birth in 1150-1155.
(Am I missing anyone?)

((Can I get a bit of context on the sword and how they’re delivered? Alexei is usually carefree, but years of treachery have made him a bit more cautious.)

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 11:32 am by Jonathan.Link

qcipher wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:The following gifts are delivered to the indicated person.

Isen receives a block of unmelting ice.
Alexei, Jacques and Roberto both receive swords. Magnificent swords.
Korvin receives two pair of what appear to be travelling boots.
Stultus receives a book in Greek, it appears to be the genealogy of a family in Greece, the last entries appear to indicate a couple of birth in 1150-1155.
(Am I missing anyone?)

((Can I get a bit of context on the sword and how they’re delivered? Alexei is usually carefree, but years of treachery have made him a bit more cautious.)

((Let’s see…since you asked… ))

A page comes to Alexei’s quarters carrying a sword in a scabbard, and to whomever inquires, be it Alexei or Helmut, “Cumhachd asked me to deliver gifts to the magi of Mons Electi for the hospitality she has received. She’s such a sweet, thoughtful old lady.” It’s tough to tell if he’s been ensorcelled, or just pleased to be dealing with a maga with a gentle Gift.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 11:35 am by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:Korvin speaks in a calm even voice. Stulus. A short word before the others arrive. I have heard that you might be a rival of Cumhachd. I understand that can be a term of honor or … endearment for Tytali. Before many other people enter, can you explain to me the relationship you have with our guest and what it means.

Stultus’ eyes never leave his balls. (The ones he’s juggling, get your minds out of the gutter.) “We’ve dedicated ourselves to helping each other grow by challenging each other. The terms of address are a warning to other Tytali, and other magi with sufficient understanding, to bugger off and not jog our elbows.”

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 12:35 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Do you juggle things that are on fire?” Marcus muses… and grins a bit wickedly.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 12:52 pm by cunningrat1

“Not recently, Marcus. However, I am getting lots of practice in juggling things that explode, what with Roberto and Tranquillina and all. Why do you ask?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 08, 2013 12:55 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marcus claps and laughs, “Point.”

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 1:21 pm by gerg

(Before the council meeting: picking some flowers, taking a trip up the mountain on the regio side, finding a suitable cleft in the cliff wall beside the path, drawing a circle, acquiring a stone from the location….)

An old woman walks slowly into the room, startling everyone: Her naked, wrinkled body is covered with welts and slashes, as might have been left by a whipping or beating with a strap. Except, her body seems to flow in strange ways, the skin’s movement not quite cohering from point to point; those present quickly realize that her “body” is actually a close-fitting gown that has been designed to appear as an old person’s skin, battered both by human instrument and by time.

By her face, the woman is impossibly old, and no amount of peering will change that perception. But her bearing is upright, her hazel eyes clear and steely. And, if one looks closely, one can imagine that the two crossing lashes between her sagging, bloody breasts are shaped like keys.

((Finesse roll for Outfit for Any Occasion: Int 3 + Finesse 2 + simple die 5 = 10.
Finesse roll for Disguise of the New Visage: Int 3 + Finesse (Corpus) 3 + simple die 10 = 16.))

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 2:05 pm by cunningrat1

(( Dex +1 + Jongleur 6 + roll of 9=16))
Stultus looks over as Tranquillina enters, double-takes, and almost loses the shower he had going, recovering the ball that bounced off his hand while he was gaping with a last-second grab. “That looks… really, really disturbing, sodalis.”

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 2:43 pm by jebrick

cunningrat1 wrote:
jebrick wrote:Korvin speaks in a calm even voice. Stulus. A short word before the others arrive. I have heard that you might be a rival of Cumhachd. I understand that can be a term of honor or … endearment for Tytali. Before many other people enter, can you explain to me the relationship you have with our guest and what it means.

Stultus’ eyes never leave his balls. (The ones he’s juggling, get your minds out of the gutter.) “We’ve dedicated ourselves to helping each other grow by challenging each other. The terms of address are a warning to other Tytali, and other magi with sufficient understanding, to bugger off and not jog our elbows.”

So even if the rival brings in another magus into the game, it is good form for this new magus to ignore the actions?

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 2:49 pm by qcipher

((Let’s see…since you asked… ))

A page comes to Alexei’s quarters carrying a sword in a scabbard, and to whomever inquires, be it Alexei or Helmut, “Cumhachd asked me to deliver gifts to the magi of Mons Electi for the hospitality she has received. She’s such a sweet, thoughtful old lady.” It’s tough to tell if he’s been ensorcelled, or just pleased to be dealing with a maga with a gentle Gift.

Alexei answers the door and quirks an eyebrow at the page and it takes a moment for him to remember who Cumhachd is. “…Ah! Yes, Cumhachd…is she still here then?” Alexei asks and takes the sword. “My my, this is a beautiful blade.” he says as he examines the sword and takes it out of the scabbard.

((Casting spont. In/Vim, no words or gestures, so it looks like he’s merely examining it:

Casting total pre-roll is 20, spending a fatigue:
1d10+20 → [9,20] = (29)
Linkhttp://invisiblecastle.com/roller/view/4041918/

So 3rd Magnitude Intelligo Vim
R: Touch +1 D: Mom T: Ind

At level 10 he should be able to detect both strong and weak magic on the sword.

Now if he was as paranoid as he should be by now, he would have taken a few more precautions…))

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 2:54 pm by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:So even if the rival brings in another magus into the game, it is good form for this new magus to ignore the actions?

“Not quite sure what you’re asking there, Korvin. Cumhachd wouldn’t ask for an ally in the game she and I are playing, any more than I would try to hide behind one of you to avoid her. It’s just Not Done, because if it were done it kind of misses the entire point. Hiding behind others in order to avoid a challenge is not growth, it’s the worst kind of stagnation.” He shrugs, hands never stopping their intricate movement. “Mind you, we don’t live in a vacuum, so when non-Tytali are involved it gets complex, but we try real hard to stick to the principle.”

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 3:37 pm by jebrick

cunningrat1 wrote:
jebrick wrote:So even if the rival brings in another magus into the game, it is good form for this new magus to ignore the actions?

“Not quite sure what you’re asking there, Korvin. Cumhachd wouldn’t ask for an ally in the game she and I are playing, any more than I would try to hide behind one of you to avoid her. It’s just Not Done, because if it were done it kind of misses the entire point. Hiding behind others in order to avoid a challenge is not growth, it’s the worst kind of stagnation.” He shrugs, hands never stopping their intricate movement. “Mind you, we don’t live in a vacuum, so when non-Tytali are involved it gets complex, but we try real hard to stick to the principle.”

I’m just trying to understand how this all fits in the current situation.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 3:44 pm by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:I’m just trying to understand how this all fits in the current situation.

(( I am sorry, I could not resist… ))

Stultus snorts wryly. “With Cumhachd, the best way to do that is to look at the situation in a mirror while hanging upside down from the ceiling. After a while, you achieve understanding. Or you pass out, hit your head on the floor, and have a vision. Either way, it’s much the same thing.”

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 4:08 pm by jebrick

cunningrat1 wrote:
jebrick wrote:I’m just trying to understand how this all fits in the current situation.

(( I am sorry, I could not resist… ))

Stultus snorts wryly. “With Cumhachd, the best way to do that is to look at the situation in a mirror while hanging upside down from the ceiling. After a while, you achieve understanding. Or you pass out, hit your head on the floor, and have a vision. Either way, it’s much the same thing.”

I’m not speaking of her in this sense. I tend to do the hanging-mirror-headache thing as a metaphysical exercise in any case. You and Marcus just help me see how far i am from the floor.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 5:03 pm by Marko Markoko

qcipher wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:The following gifts are delivered to the indicated person.
Alexei, Jacques and Roberto both receive swords. Magnificent swords.
((Can I get a bit of context on the sword and how they’re delivered? Alexei is usually carefree, but years of treachery have made him a bit more cautious.)

What is the quality and crafstmanship of the sword like? Roberto already has a few swords, and I wanna see how it ranks. Currently, his weapon of choice is a Toledo longsword constructed with vandium steel. I even had Pedro work on it to enhance the quality (I do not own City & Guild, so I just referenced Lords of Men page 136). I gave the sword the Superior Quality bonus of +1 Attack. Excellent Quality can range higher and adds a bonus to both Atk & Def. But I do not know those rules well enough. I figured the combination of material and Pedro’s high ability was sufficient to hone the blade to +1 atk in a season.
But what does this sword look like? The new one? And in what manner is it delivered?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 08, 2013 5:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

Method of delivery is the pretty much the same as Alexei’s. Same page, same comments about Cumhachd, little less friendly do to Roberto’s gift. It looks to be of similar style to Roberto’s preferred sword. Although, it just feels a bit…deadlier.

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Posted Wed May 08, 2013 8:38 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:An old woman walks slowly into the room, startling everyone: Her naked, wrinkled body is covered with welts and slashes, as might have been left by a whipping or beating with a strap. Except, her body seems to flow in strange ways, the skin’s movement not quite cohering from point to point; those present quickly realize that her “body” is actually a close-fitting gown that has been designed to appear as an old person’s skin, battered both by human instrument and by time.

By her face, the woman is impossibly old, and no amount of peering will change that perception. But her bearing is upright, her hazel eyes clear and steely. And, if one looks closely, one can imagine that the two crossing lashes between her sagging, bloody breasts are shaped like keys.

Fiona starts to rise in alarm at the battered, bloody ‘stranger’ who simply walks into the Council Chamber until she realizes who it is, then sits back down with a self-conscious smile.

“Tranquillina, I’ve been wanting you to show off your body for years…but this isn’t quite what I had in mind.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 8:27 am by jebrick

Korvin stands. Lets begin. As you know, Cumhachd ex Tytalus was granted temporary guest status and has taken residence in one of the villas in the Tribunal Village. She has asked that we put an Aegis around the village that she will pay for. She has invited all of us to participate so there will be no need for tokens for Mons Electi Magi within the aegis. I am willing to do the casting but I would offer to see if anyone else would need the payment?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 12:54 pm by gerg

((Peregrine, do you think Fiona’s still upset with Tranquillina at this point, about a week after she dissed Fiona in her lab? I’m not sure Tranquillina would have returned the tureen by then…. ))

“And as you know,” the old woman with the punished body says in Tranquillina’s voice, “this guest status was granted without consultation of this Council – certainly without consultation of me. I reiterate my experienced opinion that encouraging this woman to remain close to Mons Electi is a severe mistake.”

“And now, she wants to claim the entire Tribunal village as her own fiefdom?” Her timeworn face droops even more as her frown hardens. “The dangers of Cumhachd’s character – for that matter, the dangers of the poorly understood Aegis ritual – aside, I can hardly condone the use of Mons Electi time and resources just so one of us might take profit from whatever thirty pieces of silver she is offering.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 1:15 pm by jebrick

Korvin takes a deep breath and lets it out. While I respect your point about Cumhachd I have seen no evidence to support it yet. If you have anything, other than your general dislike of Tytali? And as for your other point, other than the time of the casting magus, no one else is put out and no Mons Electi resources are used in this. It would hardly be her own fiefdom if we all participated in the casting.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 1:20 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:“And as you know,” the old woman with the punished body says in Tranquillina’s voice, “this guest status was granted without consultation of this Council – certainly without consultation of me. I reiterate my experienced opinion that encouraging this woman to remain close to Mons Electi is a severe mistake.”

“And now, she wants to claim the entire Tribunal village as her own fiefdom?” Her timeworn face droops even more as her frown hardens. “The dangers of Cumhachd’s character – for that matter, the dangers of the poorly understood Aegis ritual – aside, I can hardly condone the use of Mons Electi time and resources just so one of us might take profit from whatever thirty pieces of silver she is offering.”

Stultus tosses one of the balls almost to the ceiling, and lifts a didactic finger in the time it takes the ball to return and smack into his hand. "Point of order, sodales. The extension of Protected Guest status may be done by any Full Member, and does not require consultation of the entire council, or the consultation of the resident Bonisagus.

I offer my almost-as-experienced opinion that Cumhachd will remain close to Mons Electi whether or not we cast the Aegis, until she is done with what she came here to do. The casting of the Aegis ritual is therefore a non-issue. The resources are also a non-issue, since she is offering to pay for it. Thus, the only issue on the table is the usage of time by the residents of Mons Electi. I shall be glad to volunteer my own time. If the honored Bonisagus wishes to not participate in the casting, she is, of course, free to do so."

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Posted Thu May 09, 2013 3:52 pm by gerg

Tranquillina’s look towards Stultus communicates rather effectively that it is more likely for her to turn into a dragon and swallow Normandy whole than it is for her to participate in the casting. “Multiple people, including our resident jester, have said that the intruder is going to ‘pay’ for the casting. Not once have I heard what that pretty-sounding word means concretely. She will supply the vis for the ritual and gladly accept this council’s expertise and time? That is not payment: that is exploitation.” She peers around the room nastily. “Or am I incorrect, and it occurred to someone at this table to ask her exactly what Mons Electi will be receiving out of this transaction – besides an oh-so-friendly neighbor?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 4:22 pm by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:Tranquillina’s look towards Stultus communicates rather effectively that it is more likely for her to turn into a dragon and swallow Normandy whole than it is for her to participate in the casting.

(( “A giant space dragon, the kind that swallows Normandy every 30 days. It’s a nuisance, but what can you expect from reptiles.”))
(( Is Tranquillina’s player missing the fact that if Tranquillina participates in the casting she can bypass that Aegis at will? ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 4:34 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I think Tranquillina would tear off her nose to a spite her face.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 5:30 pm by gerg

((I think she must know the advantage of participating, but still doesn’t consider it, a la nose-cutting. Crazy maga ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 7:43 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:((Peregrine, do you think Fiona’s still upset with Tranquillina at this point, about a week after she dissed Fiona in her lab? I’m not sure Tranquillina would have returned the tureen by then…. ))

((I doubt it. She wasn’t upset so much as hurt. While she doesn’t know what made Tranquillina snap at her like that, she attributes it to a combination of factors beyond Fiona’s control and will wait until T is feeling better, and has a chance to apologize, before she makes any overtures.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 8:07 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t remember if Cumhachd was ever officially granted Protected Guest status…she just kinda moved in and the magi rolled with it. The closest I could find, doing a search for “guest” in the thread, was when Roberto told Stultus that she was el Payaso’s guest. I just want to make sure I’m remembering right before Fiona says what she’s about to.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 8:09 pm by cunningrat1

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:((Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t remember if Cumhachd was ever officially granted Protected Guest status…she just kinda moved in and the magi rolled with it. The closest I could find, doing a search for “guest” in the thread, was when Roberto told Stultus that she was el Payaso’s guest. I just want to make sure I’m remembering right before Fiona says what she’s about to.))

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Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 8:47 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

cunningrat1 wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:((Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t remember if Cumhachd was ever officially granted Protected Guest status…she just kinda moved in and the magi rolled with it. The closest I could find, doing a search for “guest” in the thread, was when Roberto told Stultus that she was el Payaso’s guest. I just want to make sure I’m remembering right before Fiona says what she’s about to.))

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((I thought I was missing something. Thanks for the reminder. And I assume Korvin told at least Fiona, or the council at large?))

Fiona looks down at her hands as she speaks, almost afraid of what her words might do to Tranquillina.

“Since Korvin is the one who extended her Protected Guest status, he can withdraw that status at any time. If he chooses not to…are you asking the Council to vote for revocation?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:19 pm by gerg

“Certainly, now that the matter is raised, I absolutely recommend that this Council overrule Cumhachd’s Protected Guest status.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:33 pm by jebrick

gerg wrote:“Certainly, now that the matter is raised, I absolutely recommend that this Council overrule Cumhachd’s Protected Guest status.”

On what grounds?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:35 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marcus chuckles and shakes his head.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:39 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

If it’s possible for a woman nine feet tall to look like she wants to curl up and disappear, Fiona does right now.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:44 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus hmms, eyes glittering as they fix on Tranquillina, and the balls cascade into his hands as he stops juggling. "That’s certainly an acceptable request. Yet I will point out that Cumhachd has been nothing but polite to all of us except — I assume — for you. Therefore, if this Council is to consider withdrawing her status as Protected Guest, we will need a reason to do so. And we do not have all the information. We do not know why you so hate Cumhachd, or what she’s done to you. We, as a council, do not know what makes her dangerous.

So, sodalis. You know the truth. I know the truth. So far I have said nothing because it is not my story to tell. But rest assured, Tranquillina, should you seek to manipulate this Council any further into fighting your battles for you, you will need to first tell them the true story of Cumhachd and Eskil. Because if you do not, I shall.

Tell the story. Sit there while I tell the story. Or withdraw the motion. Your choice."

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 09, 2013 9:48 pm by jebrick

A page comes in and goes to Korvin and whispers something in his ear. He thinks for a moment and nods ans sends the boy off again. Then he folds his hands on the table and looks at Marcus…then Stulus…and finally Tranquillina.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 3:18 am by gerg

“Tell the story? You of all people should realize that is exactly what I’m doing.” Tranquillina gestures to herself, her bloody, whip-scarred “body”, her end-of-life face. “Here is your story. For nine long years Cumhachd did this to me. Not with an actual lash – not usually – but with her absolute power over me. I was her victim, none of you can possibly deny this; and she wishes to renew that relationship with me. Tell me: just because none of you are yet her victim, does this now mean that she is forgiven?!”

As the page departs the room, Tranquillina arches one wrinkled eyebrow at Korvin, who is looking intently at her. “Some news to report, Princeps? Stand right up in those new boots and share, by all means.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 6:25 am by cunningrat1

gerg wrote:“Tell the story? You of all people should realize that is exactly what I’m doing.” Tranquillina gestures to herself, her bloody, whip-scarred “body”, her end-of-life face. “Here is your story. For nine long years Cumhachd did this to me. Not with an actual lash – not usually – but with her absolute power over me. I was her victim, none of you can possibly deny this; and she wishes to renew that relationship with me. Tell me: just because none of you are yet her victim, does this now mean that she is forgiven?!”

As the page departs the room, Tranquillina arches one wrinkled eyebrow at Korvin, who is looking intently at her. “Some news to report, Princeps? Stand right up in those new boots and share, by all means.”

Stultus applauds sarcastically. “Oh, very GOOD, Tranquillina. ‘Stand up in those new boots’ — terrific. An exquisite example of emotional manipulation through shame. And that attempt at storytelling, that was also a terrific example of manipulation. Shock them, scare them, above all be vague and let their minds fill in the rest. Simply wonderful. I see you’ve been re-reading your new copy of ‘The Anal Acts of Tytalus’.”

“However, you didn’t tell the whole story. So I will.”

Stultus hops off his chair, gathering up his juggling accoutrements and dumping them in a pile on Fiona’s lap. “Here, luv. Hold my balls for me, would you?” That done, he clambers up on the council table, pacing up and down and gesturing as he talks.

“It was a dark and stormy night, almost …. wait a minute.” He counts on his fingers, and quirks his head at Tranquillina. “You do realize that that was almost exactly fifty years ago? Knowing Cumhachd, probably to the day.” Stultus looks up at the rest of the council. “Anyway, it was fifty years ago when a young girl named Eskil of Eilginn became the apprentice of Cailleach-Dhubh Cumhachd ex Tytalus. She was an outstanding apprentice, best one Cumhachd ever had, before or since. Brilliant, incisive… realms of potential, bags of it.”

Stultus stomps to the end of the table, turning in place. “For those of you who don’t know what Tytalus training is like, consider yourselves lucky. It grinds you down, stripping you to the bare core of yourself; exposes the burning steel at the center of your being, and then builds on that foundation, layer by hair-thin layer of pure metal. It does its level best to break you, in order to rebuild you.” He flicks a sympathetic glance at Tranquillina. “Eskil’s breaking was almost complete when she suffered a lab accident that warped her Gift.”

“Cumhachd tried for several years to help Eskil alleviate the warping, help her come up with ways to mitigate the effects. She was ultimately unsuccessful. Accordingly, she convinced her friend, Tria Trianomae, to take Eskil over as an apprentice and pass her on to Maximianus Bonisagi.” Stultus shrugs. "I don’t know why she gave up. Perhaps rebuilding Eskil’s Gift and her psyche at the same time was too much. Perhaps there were other things going on. Or perhaps it was Tria’s idea in the first place, despite what Cumhachd claims. I don’t know.

What I DO know is that Cumhachd considers herself to have failed Eskil. To have let her down. And to a Tytalus — especially one with an ego as towering as my mater cara’s — the thought of failure burns like acid." He spins on his heel, stabbing his finger at Tranquillina’s face. “THAT is why she’s here, though she’d never admit it. That’s why she’s been coming after you all this time — to help you, in her screwy-ass Tytalus way, achieve what she sees as your fullest potential, and in so doing expiate HER failure.”

“Now, there are a few ways you can deal with this. You can play her game. You can refuse to play her game. You can gratefully accept her help. You can tell the old bat to bugger off. But ever since she’s shown up, you’ve been attempting to deal with it by hiding behind this Council’s back, curling up under a blanket and hoping this all goes away. That is the one thing you can’t do anymore. You can’t afford to do that anymore. The stakes are too high.”

His voice drops down in volume to almost a whisper, a speaker’s trick to lock and hold attention, as he makes an honest attempt to appeal to the Bonisagus. “We need you, Tranquillina. Mons Electi needs you. We need your brilliance, your skill, and your judgment. You are one of the best of us, a linchpin in our defenses. So we need you to come to terms with the bugbears in your past, because if you don’t, that’s an opening our true enemies can use against you. Against us.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 6:57 am by Jonathan.Link

Marcus exploits Tranquillina’s silence to deliver another monologue. “Either way it’s OK, she wakes up with herself.”. Marcus gets up and walks around the room while speaking, “My story is a bit different. My master was killed, and I had to fend for myself, so to speak. Oh, how I wish he could come by to torment me, as Cumhachd appears to do for you. Of course, I wouldn’t call it torment. I’d call it an act of devotion, and would endeavor to do the same for him. In your fifty or more years with her have you ever tried coming at her head on? I’m well aware of intrigue and it’s uses, Cumhachd is too, probably. But you come at her from the side, try and involve others in your intrigues, bargain with her like a housewife at the market, all for the simple goal for her to call you by your chosen name. Have you ever told her your name, and then asked her to repeat it? You want her to do for you, what you seem incapable of doing for yourself. Cumhachd will never do this.”
Continuing, rolling over any verbal objection Tranquillina might make. “I wouldn’t have to tell any Tytalus this, they’d either understand it implicitly or practically. There are multiple solutions to the challenges from The Book of Instruction. Each master has a preferred solution they want to see their apprentice take to solve the problem. Cumhachd obviously failed you in communicating what the preferred method was. And you are both paying for it oh so many years later. The lessons of childhood learned as an adult are so very painful.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 9:33 am by Marko Markoko

All of you! Knock it off!!!
The cat hides under the table, as Roberto stands and speaks.

We have gone about this all wrong, and it is my fault for giving Payaso too much leeway, and at the same time being too dismissive of the Hermetic rights of our gest.
I say our guest with good reason. We are a covenant, and the fortunes and liabilities of one are shared by all.
But I say NO to the request to set up a seperate Aegis on our property. If Cumhachd wishes for the protection of our Aegis, have her lodge here amongst us in proper fashion. She can be given guest status and a token by any member, have it revoked by any member, and be granted it yet again in an endless cycle. If any one of us wants her as a guest on this physical property, who are we others to refuse that right to our fellow covenant member? As far as granting her a token, taking it away, giving it back, ad infinitum. Work that out amongst the rest of you. Neither granter nor taker shall I be.

But I do not want another Aegis, control shared by a non member, set up on our property. The most I am willing to compromise is to set up another Aegis without Cumhachd’s participation, then grant her a token. In fact, I am concerned that it is not covered. I thought it was. This is a security oversight that must be taken care of.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 9:51 am by Jonathan.Link

“What if a fortune to one member is a liability to another? What then, Roberto? You forget that Stultus has a close relationship with Cumhachd himself. And woe be to any who attempt to interfere. But, I agree with your suggested compromise. There is no need to let her participate in the ritual. Chances are, she’s already 5 steps ahead of this in that regard, anyway.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 9:56 am by cunningrat1

Marko Markoko wrote:If Cumhachd wishes for the protection of our Aegis, have her lodge here amongst us in proper fashion. She can be given guest status and a token by any member, have it revoked by any member, and be granted it yet again in an endless cycle.

“She was offered a token when she arrived. She refused, and requested tokens instead for her companions, which we refused, on the grounds that while SHE is owed Hermetic hospitality, her companions are not.”

Marko Markoko wrote:But I do not want another Aegis, control shared by a non member, set up on our property. The most I am willing to compromise is to set up another Aegis without Cumhachd’s participation, then grant her a token. In fact, I am concerned that it is not covered. I thought it was. This is a security oversight that must be taken care of.

“Casting an Aegis ourselves and granting her a token might be appropriate. However, Fire Boy, with regards to your demand to knock it off: NO. The discussion of how Tranquillina will deal with Cumhachd is primarily a Tytalus matter, and it is NOT up to you to end it no matter how loud you may bellow. You are welcome to participate, if you choose. Civilly. But you don’t get to tell me to shut up.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:29 am by Marko Markoko

cunningrat1 wrote:But you don’t get to tell me to shut up."

But I just did.

And you did shut up long enough for me to say what I had to say.

And is “Fire Boy” really the best you can come up with? Good heavens man! Put some effort into your insults! This is not the payaso magnifico I have come to admire so much.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:53 am by Jonathan.Link

“If he’s Fire Boy, what am I? Bonfire Man?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:57 am by Marko Markoko

Jonathan.Link wrote:“What if a fortune to one member is a liability to another? What then, Roberto? You forget that Stultus has a close relationship with Cumhachd himself. And woe be to any who attempt to interfere. But, I agree with your suggested compromise. There is no need to let her participate in the ritual. Chances are, she’s already 5 steps ahead of this in that regard, anyway.”

It comes back around, the wheel of fortune spins as it will. But as a covenant, we share our fortunes and aid each other in hardship.
What I mean is this. And I am glad you are focused on the subject at hand and not digressing into a soap opera.
It is a fundamental issue of rights, like it or not. Stultus has a right to have guests, it does not matter if anyone else likes Cumhachd or not. She is a Hermetic maga and she is his guest.
But she is only a guest. A guest should not have the power to invite or disinvite others into an Aegis covering a major portion of our land.
And chances are, she is only one step ahead, in this regard anyways. By tradition of Hospitality, she has been afforded a Sanctum, and has likely already set up her own Aegis within. Or is going to. Or at least that’s what I would do if I could. In fact, I am going to learn how do do that, for when I go on expedition and set up a base of operations. Very clever ideas this Tytalus has.
Maybe three steps ahead. But not five.
Then he looks at Tranquillinja.
Anyways, what whe essentially have, and what has turned into drama, is essentially Tranquillina doesn’t like Stultus’ guest. But Stultus has rights to a guest. To assauge Tranqillina, know that you would be placing Cumhachd under the power of an Aegis you control. You can grant or reject her token, use it as leverage to force her to come to terms with you if she wants tokens for her companions. Or just hold the power to reject tokens over her head, know that you have the upper hand.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 10:59 am by Marko Markoko

Jonathan.Link wrote:“If he’s Fire Boy, what am I? Bonfire Man?”

I shall be Don Fuego, and you can be El Conflagaratio!

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 11:40 am by Jonathan.Link

Marko Markoko wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:“What if a fortune to one member is a liability to another? What then, Roberto? You forget that Stultus has a close relationship with Cumhachd himself. And woe be to any who attempt to interfere. But, I agree with your suggested compromise. There is no need to let her participate in the ritual. Chances are, she’s already 5 steps ahead of this in that regard, anyway.”

It comes back around, the wheel of fortune spins as it will. But as a covenant, we share our fortunes and aid each other in hardship.
What I mean is this. And I am glad you are focused on the subject at hand and not digressing into a soap opera.
It is a fundamental issue of rights, like it or not. Stultus has a right to have guests, it does not matter if anyone else likes Cumhachd or not. She is a Hermetic maga and she is his guest.
But she is only a guest. A guest should not have the power to invite or disinvite others into an Aegis covering a major portion of our land.
And chances are, she is only one step ahead, in this regard anyways. By tradition of Hospitality, she has been afforded a Sanctum, and has likely already set up her own Aegis within. Or is going to. Or at least that’s what I would do if I could. In fact, I am going to learn how do do that, for when I go on expedition and set up a base of operations. Very clever ideas this Tytalus has.
Maybe three steps ahead. But not five.
Then he looks at Tranquillinja.
Anyways, what whe essentially have, and what has turned into drama, is essentially Tranquillina doesn’t like Stultus’ guest. But Stultus has rights to a guest. To assauge Tranqillina, know that you would be placing Cumhachd under the power of an Aegis you control. You can grant or reject her token, use it as leverage to force her to come to terms with you if she wants tokens for her companions. Or just hold the power to reject tokens over her head, know that you have the upper hand.

Marcus turns to Stultus, “Is she here as your guest? That seems out of character. For her to ask, and for you to grant it.”

Turning back to Roberto, after Stultus answers his question, “In my estimation, Cumhachd knows exactly what she’s doing. And whatever we see is a smokescreen for what her ultimate objective is. She has us arguing about the most petty of things. She knew how to most effectively tweak us. And then she mollified us with gifts. She knows us, all of us, very well. An Aegis primary purpose is to protect the covenfolk from beings with little might. Beings of greater might require the response from a magus. The Aegis keeps the pesky ankle-biters from constantly interrupting us as we engage in our pursuits. Her request is not unreasonable. And your compromise is also not unreasonable. And going a step further, trying to get ahead of her, if you will. I don’t think she’s really interested in the Aegis. The request is a tool for her to create conflict within this council. From my perspective, it’s working pretty well.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 11:59 am by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus turns to Stultus, “Is she here as your guest? That seems out of character. For her to ask, and for you to grant it.”

“No. She is not my guest. I will admit, after Tranquillina denied her access to food and firewood, I countermanded that order and requested that the charges be subtracted from the amount alotted to my upkeep, because she is my Mater Cara and because that move by Tranquillina was especially petty. However, now that Korvin has given her Protected Guest status, she is a guest of the covenant as a whole.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 12:16 pm by jebrick

gerg wrote:
As the page departs the room, Tranquillina arches one wrinkled eyebrow at Korvin, who is looking intently at her. “Some news to report, Princeps? Stand right up in those new boots and share, by all means.”

Guile 1 + com 2 + 1d10=9 = 12

As you wish. Korvin stands with a very serious look on his face, The page informed me that the dastardly Marcus has eaten the last of the old hens and I must have mutton stew for my diner.

He then retakes his seat and steeples his fingers infront of him. Tapping the fingertips together.

((damm you JL. I needed that roll in combat ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 1:02 pm by gerg

Tranquillina had been sitting in silence, perhaps stunned silence, ever since Stultus’s monologue.
((and also because holy crap, you all have been prolific writers in this thread! that’s awesome ))
Her face might be that of an ancient woman, but her body language is much more like that of a child who has been reprimanded. Still, after Korvin’s comment, some venom returns to her, at least her speaking tone. “This is no time for japes, Korvin. If you have learned something relevant to this council, it is your duty to inform us.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 1:04 pm by Jonathan.Link

“It’s true. And it was magnificent!”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 3:24 pm by jebrick

gerg wrote:Tranquillina had been sitting in silence, perhaps stunned silence, ever since Stultus’s monologue.
((and also because holy crap, you all have been prolific writers in this thread! that’s awesome ))
Her face might be that of an ancient woman, but her body language is much more like that of a child who has been reprimanded. Still, after Korvin’s comment, some venom returns to her, at least her speaking tone. “This is no time for japes, Korvin. If you have learned something relevant to this council, it is your duty to inform us.”

I did jap at Marcus for which I apologize. If my dinner requests are relevant then so be it. He calls a page to send for the cook. Then he turns to Marcus.

Did you or did not have a roasted chicken for a meal within the last 2 days? Answer truthfully!

“It’s true. And it was magnificent!”

When the cook returns Korvin puts the question to him.
Did a page come to you with a message from me requesting a old hen for dinner?

Yes Magus sir.

And what did you tell the page?
The cook looks quite scared.
That Magus Marcus requested the last of the old hens yesterday and I did not want to kill an egg laying hen. I told him that we still have a nice mutton stew.

Thank you. You may go and heat some mutton stew for me.

Now that you know my meal plans…Where were we?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 8:07 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus hops off his chair, gathering up his juggling accoutrements and dumping them in a pile on Fiona’s lap. “Here, luv. Hold my balls for me, would you?” That done, he clambers up on the council table, pacing up and down and gesturing as he talks.

“Of course,” Fiona says with a grin and a lick of her lips, her hair drifting off her shoulders. “You know how I love playing with your balls.”

Fiona says nothing during the exchange between Stultus, Marcus, Roberto…heck, pretty much everybody…but merely watches everything, her hair looking like the breeze is picking up.

jebrick wrote:Now that you know my meal plans…Where were we?

“If we’re out of old hens,” Fiona says, “I would be more than happy with a fresh cock.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 8:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marcus looks at Fiona as if he were going to say something, then thinks better of it and addresses Korvin “Korvin, if I have a vote, it is that we do the Aegis as Roberto suggested. If not, it is moot”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 8:45 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona nods. “That sounds like a reasonable compromise, and one I would support.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 10, 2013 8:56 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus waggles his fingers. “Same here. Sounds like a reasonable compromise.” He’s peering at Tranquillina out of the corner of his eye. By his reckoning, the Bonisagus is overdue for an explosion by about five minutes.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:46 am by jebrick

jebrick wrote:Now that you know my meal plans…Where were we?

“If we’re out of old hens,” Fiona says, “I would be more than happy with a fresh cock.”[/quote]

We can see to that later my dear. Korvin says with a slight smile.

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus looks at Fiona as if he were going to say something, then thinks better of it and addresses Korvin “Korvin, if I have a vote, it is that we do the Aegis as Roberto suggested. If not, it is moot”

While I value your council and insight Marcus, only those who have signed the Covenant agreement have a vote at council. Protected guests are allowed to attend and to voice their opinions but the decisions are solely for the members of the Covenant. That being said, I wish to review what we Roberto proposed and discuss the implications. Am i correct in that we will cast an aegis on the tribunal village and exclude Cumhachd from participating? That is the proposal?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 9:44 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

jebrick wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus looks at Fiona as if he were going to say something, then thinks better of it and addresses Korvin “Korvin, if I have a vote, it is that we do the Aegis as Roberto suggested. If not, it is moot”

While I value your council and insight Marcus, only those who have signed the Covenant agreement have a vote at council. Protected guests are allowed to attend and to voice their opinions but the decisions are solely for the members of the Covenant. That being said, I wish to review what we Roberto proposed and discuss the implications. Am i correct in that we will cast an aegis on the tribunal village and exclude Cumhachd from participating? That is the proposal?

“And grant Cumhachd a casting token,” Fiona appends, “That is my understanding, yes.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 10:00 am by Marko Markoko

Casting Tokens are irrelevant. Any one of us can grant them, and it does not require a council vote.
Otherwise, yes. Set up an Aegis over those grounds, cast and controlled by members only.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 10:46 am by Jonathan.Link

“If course there is the matter of the coming Tribunal meeting. Mons Electi having exclusive control of the Aegis may be considered provocative. The villa in which Cumhachd resides is bounded and can be covered. If the goal is to become the seat of the Tribunal you should take that into consideration and limit the Aegis. The Tribunal Aegis can then cover The Aegis of Cumhachd’s villa, and it is far enough out of the way not to interfere with tribunal affairs.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 11:31 am by jebrick

So we want to agree to heighten a conflict between two members? Make it easier for petty symbols of power and control?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 11, 2013 12:58 pm by Jonathan.Link

jebrick wrote:So we want to agree to heighten a conflict between two members? Make it easier for petty symbols of power and control?

Marcus voices an objection. Im not convinced there is conflict between Stultus and Tranquillina. Even allowing that there is conflict between the two, Stultus has agreed to the compromise. I’ve suggested something else, that the issue of an Aegis is another objective. Her being here is generating some conflict, but that seems to be by design. What does she want now that she wouldn’t come here for earlier? We are missing something here."

Separately, about the vote Marcus points out it is within the power of the Princeps to grant a vote.

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 2:27 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:
jebrick wrote:So we want to agree to heighten a conflict between two members? Make it easier for petty symbols of power and control?

Marcus voices an objection. Im not convinced there is conflict between Stultus and Tranquillina. Even allowing that there is conflict between the two, Stultus has agreed to the compromise. I’ve suggested something else, that the issue of an Aegis is another objective. Her being here is generating some conflict, but that seems to be by design. What does she want now that she wouldn’t come here for earlier? We are missing something here."

Korvin looks to Marcus. Unless I misunderstood the situation, there is conflict between Tranquillina and Cumhachd. And Cumhachd is Stultus’ beloved nemesis which, by Stulus’ own words would put him at odds with Tranquillina if we, the council, give her power over Cumhachd and she acts on it. Am I missing something? Korvin looks at Stultus and Tranquillina.

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 2:41 pm by Jonathan.Link

“If your concern is that Tranquillina would revoke her from the Aegis, then exclude her.”

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 3:22 pm by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:Korvin looks to Marcus. Unless I misunderstood the situation, there is conflict between Tranquillina and Cumhachd. And Cumhachd is Stultus’ beloved nemesis which, by Stulus’ own words would put him at odds with Tranquillina if we, the council, give her power over Cumhachd and she acts on it. Am I missing something? Korvin looks at Stultus and Tranquillina.

“You are missing something, Korvin. You’re not a Tytalus. You keep trying to take the things that I told you and apply them as hard-and-fast rules, and there is no such thing. There are subtleties and cross-currents you’re simply not aware of. The ‘love triangle’ between Cumhachd, Tranquillina, and myself — there’s a disgusting image for you — is exceedingly complicated, but I think we will eventually resolve it: all I am trying to do is minimize the interference from outside.”

He glances at Marcus. “Marcus is on to something, though. The Aegis is a blind, a distraction. Cumhachd is ahead of us by five steps: let’s try to make it four, or three. Let’s ask ourselves why she would make such a request.”

“One option is that she requires shelter within an Aegis because she does not wish to be located magically: some other plot of hers coming home to roost. Or it may be the preparation of a political move: say, declaring that the villa and the Aegis around it constitute a newly-founded Covenant of the Old Bat, and contesting all our vis sources. Or perhaps she seeks shelter from that ghost that follows her around: I don’t know who it is. They seemed friendly, but one never knows. Or any one of a dozen other options. I will admit that her rivalry with Tranquillina is muddying the waters: I find myself unable to predict her next move with as much facility as I usually possess.”

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 4:22 pm by jebrick

If we do the Aegis and exclude her it will void most of those plots. I would propose that perhaps she wants some protection, from something, but does not want to draw Mons Electi into the mess if the shoe drops. If she is outside of our aegis when she is attacked, it gives us some cover politically. Could she be doing something that would cause the Inner Circle of House Guernicus to come after her? Or the Tremere? Korvin looks to Stultus.

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 4:33 pm by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:Could she be doing something that would cause the Inner Circle of House Guernicus to come after her? Or the Tremere? Korvin looks to Stultus.

Stultus compresses his lips. “I think the first one is quite likely — if not now, at some point in the future.” He does not seem inclined to elaborate in any way, shape or form.

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 5:43 pm by gerg

((Sorry this isn’t completely seamless – people keep posting more, I can’t keep up ))

“Or, her goal is to disrupt next year’s special Tribunal meeting – to cast suspicion on Mons Electi when our Aegis is found active in the Tribunal village before the meeting begins. The Quaesitors would love that opportunity to censure our covenant. Nobody would enjoy injuring a covenant, nay, having the authorities actually perform the injury, more than Cumhachd.”

“When she arrived,” Tranquillina continues, “she claimed to be offering a gift of vis to Mons Electi in exchange for sanctuary. The gift part, characteristically, was surely a lie. But the fact that she bears vis is quite real: I fe- … I saw several rooks of vis in her possession. Taigh na Galla, with how poorly balanced our vis stores are at the moment, she probably has more Vim than our entire covenant. So you need to ask yourselves: why does she not simply cast an Aegis herself?” She peers suspiciously around the council table. ""She wants us to think that a maga of her experience is incapable of such a casting alone? Or, perhaps she is constrained by some contract or other, and wants Mons Electi to be her loophole."

“Think ahead, people. You take this foolish offer to Cumhachd, she says oh, how very kind, but I would truly like to participate and help. So much for the ‘compromise’ then, and suddenly a precedent has been set. We have been carefully trained to respond positively to her requests – and Mons Electi has done exactly what she wanted, at exactly no cost to her.” She slaps her palms on the table before sitting back, with arms folded across her cross-whipped breasts. “Quite the bargain you strike, sodales.”

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 6:07 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus shakes his head, frowning. “Yes, the Quaesitori would love to jump at the chance to investigate us, and that is a concern — but I don’t believe that to be her goal. She does not want damage to this covenant. She would not pose a challenge to you, or to me, that we could not overcome using our own skills and resources, and she has little to no incentive to come after…”
He stops, his mouth hanging open.
“Nevermind. Hold that thought. I’ve just had a disturbing possibility occur to me.”

“As far as casting the Aegis goes — she’s not Notatus, Tranquillina. She is skilled with Vim, but that’s not her absolute strongest point. That’d be Corpus, or Mentem. She could, of course, cast an Aegis on her own, but she may not know the ritual at a high enough level. Eighth magnitude, maybe tenth — compared to the 15th and 20th magnitude versions we’ve got hanging out in the library. Which only reinforces the disturbing possibility.”

“I… I need to think about this.” He clambers down off the table, grabbing his juggling implements off Fiona’s lap without even a wisecrack, and starts pacing back and forth in the open space, frowning and muttering to himself. He tries to set up a shower, or a cascade, as an aid to thought, but keeps dropping the balls, or missing his grab.

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 6:46 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Tribunal city was overbuilt, due to intense interest in the Lotharingian question. That question was resolved, and the tribunal in 1229 is going to be small, or at least not the circus of the one in 1227. So Cumhachd is setup in a house well out of the way of what could be xpected to be used by a standard Tribunal. Of course this make Tranquillina’s contention border on irrational. ))

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 6:58 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:((Tribunal city was overbuilt, due to intense interest in the Lotharingian question. That question was resolved, and the tribunal in 1229 is going to be small, or at least not the circus of the one in 1227. So Cumhachd is setup in a house well out of the way of what could be xpected to be used by a standard Tribunal. Of course this make Tranquillina’s contention border on irrational. ))

(( The villas are pretty much all the same, IIRC. JL, would Cumhachd’s house be among the very first villas she came to? Or did she have to walk a bit to settle on that specific one?))

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:05 pm by Jonathan.Link

((She walked, not for a specific one that met some architectural requirement, but one that was out of the way.))

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Posted Sat May 11, 2013 7:38 pm by Jonathan.Link

((And to be clear she is putting no strain on covenants resources and is the men with her don’t appearto need food, as she has requested small amounts, enough for just her, at first, and then for Loys. And she has been very genial and friendly with the covenfolk. They love her. And then there is the matter of the gifts, well thought out and very personal.))

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 12:09 pm by Marko Markoko

As far as having an Aegis over the tribunal, well, I think that every other tribunal in the Order does this. I do not understand what’s wrong with that at all, so someone needs to explain it to me.
As far as the question of wangting to heighten the conflict between two members, that is a faulty question on face value. We are discussing unalienable rights. The right to have a guest, to grant or reject tokens, and the right to control the Aegis that covers our property. If someone takes issue with upholding basic rights, the fault is within them and not the council.
And as far as concerns that, if we don’t give Crumblehatch what she wants, she will keep causing misery. Along with cries of “it’s a Tytalus thing” and “you don’t understand because you are not a stark raving lunatic”. I am incredibly unworried. No one gets a free pass to flout the rules, and I do not negotiate with tactics of intimidation.
And I ask you, Korvin, what’s in this for you? I come to discover that she is your protected guest. You are the source and origin of our internal turmoil now. Why?
Perhaps it is time to tell her it is time to get packing. “No offense, but your presence has cause much disruption in our ranks.”
Or, if this is unpalatible, and you guys really think anyone would take issue with an Aegis over the Tribunal ground. Then tell her she simply has to move into the covenant proper if she desires magical protection.
Back to the Aegis issue. I really do not understand why anyone would not want an Aegis protecting the Tribunal. It seems logical common sense. But still, what if we invited the Praeco and chief Quasitor participation and shared control. For an oustider with official funtion and special rank, I would conceed such may be a necessity and would agree to their participation.
But not for a run-of-the-mill Hermetic guest.
And she has been generous. Perhaps too generous. And it makes me supicious. She sent me a new sword, a nice one too. But it makes me uncomfortable accepting it, so I have decided to lock it up in the covenant’s armoury. It would be rude to refuse it, but I do not wish her to imagine I might feel obligated. So I must think of some sort of gift to give her in return.
(OCC: I may have been rambling more than normal and slightly incohesive. Lack of sleep. I will tune in tonight after I get my required slumber, so take whatever Roberto just said with that in mind, and maybe I need to revise it).

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 12:26 pm by cunningrat1

Stultus eyes Roberto. “Speaking as one of the aforementioned stark raving lunatics, you’re wrong. Neither myself nor Marcus are saying Cumhachd needs to be mollified with gifts, or with us doing what she wants. Not in the least.”

He shrugs. "Thinking about it — Marcus and Tranquillina are both correct. The request doesn’t make all that much sense. I think Marcus is right in that the request is meant to accomplish something else, but I don’t believe ‘causing conflict within the Council’ is the reason. That’s too imprecise, too broadly targeted. I can’t figure out what the reason is, though… unless it’s to make all of us leave the protection of our Aegis all at once.

She did have her grogs block the entrance to the regio, briefly. That highlighted the fact that just about anyone can get into the Regio without our knowledge: a hole in our defenses that I am certain the Imperator has already addressed, yes?" He looks straight at Roberto as he says this. “Perhaps this is an attempt to point out another flaw.”

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 1:09 pm by Jonathan.Link

((The regio entrance is in sight of a watchtower, next to the south gate. Crossing the regio boundary normally requires a guide, knowledge of the method or Hermetic magic. Since it is a boon, I’m using it in ways that are advantageous to the covenant. I won’t use it to sneak Valerian and a force of Hoplites in to slaughter the magi. And when Valeroan was last hear they appeared via Leaps of Homecoming cast with enough penetration to get through the Aegis.))

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 2:44 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:((The regio entrance is in sight of a watchtower, next to the south gate. Crossing the regio boundary normally requires a guide, knowledge of the method or Hermetic magic. Since it is a boon, I’m using it in ways that are advantageous to the covenant. I won’t use it to sneak Valerian and a force of Hoplites in to slaughter the magi. And when Valeroan was last hear they appeared via Leaps of Homecoming cast with enough penetration to get through the Aegis.))

((He had a token. And, it I remember correctly, there are two ways into the tribunal regio.))

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 6:39 pm by Jonathan.Link

((That’s right, but in reality some of the magi I had ginned up to send could barely cast Leap of Homecoming themselves, without fatigue, so I had to have them do a Wizard’s communion, anyway…))

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 6:44 pm by Jonathan.Link

cunningrat1 wrote:He shrugs. "Thinking about it — Marcus and Tranquillina are both correct. The request doesn’t make all that much sense. I think Marcus is right in that the request is meant to accomplish something else, but I don’t believe ‘causing conflict within the Council’ is the reason. That’s too imprecise, too broadly targeted. I can’t figure out what the reason is, though… unless it’s to make all of us leave the protection of our Aegis all at once.

Marcus adds a qualification, “I wouldn’t say that her sole goal is to create conflict within the council, but that she’s doing, by design, is causing conflict, in addition to whatever her ultimate objective is.”
((I’m presuming Alexei and Isen are also in this meeting or otherwise indisposed?")

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 7:06 pm by qcipher

((I thought this was a meeting between the particulars already here. We’ll say Alexei is indisposed, because he would have said something by now, since he’s binding his familiar he’s likely chasing his tail right now))

Alexei arrives rather late at the meeting looking rather disheveled, even…shaggy? His beard is longer and unkempt as is his hair. He also smells more than a bit like a kennel and his clothes have numerous small tears and rips. He sits down and scratches his neck with a quick gesture of his left hand.

“I’m sorry my sodales for being so late. I’ve been busy in the lab. So…I have heard a bit of some problems and have stayed out for my own business right now as well as the…well let’s call it what it is, the Tytalus and Flambeau rather famously disagreed not so long ago. I sought to avoid what seemed to be an issue primarily between a House as well as a parens and former apprentices.” he pauses and scratches again, somewhat doglike.

“Sorry. Is there something I should know, are we calling a vote? I’ve heard talk of an alternate aegis or something, or of the…guest trying to gain membership.”

((I’ve been reading this, but not attentively, so if someone wants to just nail down a resolution that is being considered?))

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 8:19 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Instead of Alexei arriving late, treat it as he’s been quiet during the meeting. I really do not want you guys have to rehash everything gone on.))

Marcus pipes up. Cumhachd has requested an Aegis on her villa. The current proposal is we cast the Aegis on her behalf without Tranquillina or Cumhachd participating in the Aegis."

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 8:46 pm by qcipher

Alexei raises an eyebrow.

“Just the villa? No further? Just the house and sanctum she dwells in? If it extends no further than that…I’m of a mind to be flexible. After all the law already allows a great deal of protection and privacy afforded merely by a sanctum marker, and that is not something that will likely be upheld in our favour at Tribunal. The Aegis is different of course. By them not participating but presumably given a token we retain a decent amount of control. Who is providing the vis?”

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Cumhachd said she was paying for it. Whatever that entails.”

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 9:28 pm by Marko Markoko

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus pipes up. Cumhachd has requested an Aegis on her villa. The current proposal is we cast the Aegis on her behalf without Tranquillina or Cumhachd participating in the Aegis."

Whoh, hold on. This is Tranquillina’s covenant too, she certainly gets to participate in casting.
Look, leave Cumhachd off to the side for now. There is a blatant hole in our security, and that needs to be adressed.

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 9:39 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marko Markoko wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus pipes up. Cumhachd has requested an Aegis on her villa. The current proposal is we cast the Aegis on her behalf without Tranquillina or Cumhachd participating in the Aegis."

Whoh, hold on. This is Tranquillina’s covenant too, she certainly gets to participate in casting.
Look, leave Cumhachd off to the side for now. There is a blatant hole in our security, and that needs to be adressed.

“As you so clearly stated, anyone who participates can revoke permission for guests. If Tranquillina participates, she will just revoke the permission. And as far as a blatant hole in security, no there is not. Are you sure you’re not a Tytalus? Maybe if you use small words and explain it to me, sure. But our covenant and the people who live and work in it are covered by an Aegis. Tribunal city is not, and no resources of ours have gone to maintaining it in the past year or more.”

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 10:54 pm by Marko Markoko

There is a hole. Tribunal meetsings taking place there are vulnerable to attack by our enemies. So many targets gathered together in one place. The Tribunal should be protected. And setting one up only for tribunals is ineffective, for there could be traps laid in place during the downtime. Hostile magic items and such.
As far as what Tranquillina does, I would suggest that the fear that one may exercise their rights is no cause to inhibit that or other rights. I am really not concerned by this matter with Cumhachd. In fact, I am fatigued from discussing that issue.
So to put it simply, I only want to raise an Aegis there because I percieve the lack of one as a security hazzard. If no one agrees, then fine. Leave it alone. No Aegis. Cumhachd is free to cast one within her sanctum, but outside of that, I cannot conceed allowing her control over an Aegis area larger than that.

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 10:58 pm by Marko Markoko

If it is just the villa she is dwelling in, tell her to move the sanctum marker to her front door and proceed as she wishes. Sanctum rights are sacrosanct. As far as participating in casting, I wash my hands of it. That is her sanctum, and none of us has need to control a spell placed thereon.
I still think it would be better if she just moved into the covenant or just went away.

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 11:18 pm by Jonathan.Link

Well, if the Tribunal is to be held here every 7 years, then that should be a consideration. And maybe it is an issue for the Tribunal, rather than us. Meaning, the Tribunal pays for it. The Tribunal has, in years past had to change locations, it was never guaranteed that those locations couldn’t have the same problems you propose. But that is not a Mons Electi security problem, and is probably left to the Chief Hoplite to handle."

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Posted Sun May 12, 2013 11:45 pm by gerg

((again a little tardy – sorry))

“Allow me to put one issue to rest,” Tranquillina interrupts. “I have absolutely no intention of participating in a dangerous, powerful spell cast on behalf of that hag. I do not care what she is offering in recompense – which, as far as I can gather from this conversation, is a big fat nil anyway. Fall for her shallow charm and transparent bribery all you want, but I have enough painful experience to know better.”

This is definitely not the first time Roberto has stuck up for Tranquillina over this issue, and she hopes to communicate her gratitude to him once the meeting is through. For now, she tries to catch his eye and indicate, through body language not overt enough to draw attention, that she appreciates his comments. However, the old-woman disguise she wears, together with her general agitation, make it hard for her to either subtle or on target.
((Com 3 + Charm 2 + stress die 3 = 8. I’d WAG that Roberto needs a Per + Awareness roll of 10+ to catch her drift; others need a Per + Folk Ken of 8+ to notice the attempt at communication.))

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 12:13 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Fiona’s Folk Ken attempt is Per 0 + Folk Ken (magi) 2 + die roll of 2 = 4.))

“I think this whole issue boils down to one question: Is the Tribunal Village ours or does it belong to the Tribunal? If it’s ours, then we have every right to place restrictions on who camps there, who can raise an Aegis, who has loud, raucous parties at all hours of the night and keeping their neighbors from getting some much-needed rest. If not, we don’t. I am of the opinion that, until such time as Normandy formally grants us permanent hosting of the Tribunal meetings, we can safely act as though it were our property.

“If that’s the case, and the Village is ours to handle as we will, then it becomes a matter of do we want Protected Guests to establish small, localized Aegises* in otherwise unprotected areas of the covenant. My dear friend’s personal conflicts with Cumhachd to the contrary, I do not see any reason not to, so long as we are not barred by that Aegis. And those very personal conflicts also lead me to agree that, unfortunately, Tranquillina should not participate but rather be granted a casting token, as will Cumhachd..” By this time, Fiona’s hair is practically billowing all around her head, and she’s not even trying to hide the fact that she finds the whole thing somewhat annoying.

“Tranquillina, you know I love you, but…” Fiona shakes her head. “I honestly feel like you’re asking us to fight your battles for you. I will gladly be there to help you fight your battles, if they need to be fought, but not for you.”

Fiona tries valiantly to hide the fact that she’s afraid of how Tranquillina will react ((Com 2 + Guile (hiding true feelings) 3 + (die roll of 1, followed by another die roll of 1, followed by another die roll of 1, followed by a measly die roll of 3) 24 = 29)), and apparently does a pretty bitchin’ job of it.

  • Yes, I know that’s not the proper Latin plural of Aegis…don’t care

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 8:35 am by jebrick

I will speak to several points. First Korvin looks to Roberto, I offered her protected guest status because she asked and because our Imperiator gave her leave to find shelter in the Tribunal village. I explained the terms and that she would have to move if we needed the villa for a meeting. Second. Korvin turns to Tranquillina. Payment is always negotiated between the magus who is going to cast the spell and the principle. This has always been the way. Or do you wish to tell me what I can or can not charge for Longevity Rituals that I perform at Mons Electi? If you agree that this is the case then bring it up in these discussions is simply a petty matter that distracts from the real discussion.

Fiona and Alexei bring up good points as to size of the proposed Aegis and problems with other things that may be there. If we do agree to cast it, I would recommend that we check the building or buildings within the Aegis boundaries for beings that we would want outside the Aegis. This would happen if the tribunal village were to be used again for it’s original purpose.

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 10:02 am by cunningrat1

Stultus adds “I also believe one more person should stay out of the casting and stay within the covenant while the casting is performed. Alexei or Roberto, by preference.”

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 10:12 am by Jonathan.Link

“And I think Tranquillina is interested in keeping a close eye on Cumhachd, too.” Marcus seems frustrated, though. “This isn’t what she wants, but she’s getting something out of it, I just wish I could figure out what it is. We aren’t asking the right questions. She knows us, she knows this place. Everyone coming to the Tribunal mundanely had to be escorted across, but she knew how to walk in on her own. How? It’s not scrying, we’d notice that over time, and scrying over such a vast area is really difficult. Where has she been before coming here? What has she been doing? Why is she here now? Answering those questions will go a long way towards helping us figure out what her goal truly is.”

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 10:46 am by jebrick

cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus adds “I also believe one more person should stay out of the casting and stay within the covenant while the casting is performed. Alexei or Roberto, by preference.”

Why? I would not want to exclude or limit the Imperiator on our own grounds.

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 10:50 am by qcipher

Alexei is shaking his head at the permutations of this and finally speaks up.

“The way I see it, if we say no to the Aegis, then I can’t see her staying. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t that be a logical follow up? So if we say no, then we will then probably have to evict her. If we say yes…then she’ll stay until she decides to leave, and after that the only way would be something rather drastic like Wizard’s War. I’m not saying this to alarm you, but it is how I see it. The Rhine has extensive laws and regulations for guests, a long history of cooperation. Normandy is quite different. Based on what I know, what I’ve witnessed, I’m in favor of allowing the Aegis in a very limited way, present those rules to her and if she accepts it we set it up. The rules alone might discourage her. If she’s unwilling for that then we say she must apply for membership at Mons Electi or leave. And that is a process we control completely.”

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 10:58 am by Jonathan.Link

About this time there’s a knock on the door. A page enters when bidden and tells Korvin that Loys is waiting outside, waiting to carry a message to Cumhachd about the Aegis she had requested…

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:01 am by cunningrat1

Stultus chews on his lip. “I think … I think I know why she’s here now.” He seems oddly subdued. “The only problem is that if she’s here for the reasons I think she is, not only do we need to render her every assistance possible, but we also need to not change the way we act towards her. Not even a little bit. Bury that knowledge so deep it does not affect our actions in the slightest, because to do otherwise will destroy her and us along with her.”

“Do I have your word, sodales, that what I say here will not leave this room and will not influence your actions towards her?”

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Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:09 am by jebrick

qcipher wrote:Alexei is shaking his head at the permutations of this and finally speaks up.

“The way I see it, if we say no to the Aegis, then I can’t see her staying. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wouldn’t that be a logical follow up? So if we say no, then we will then probably have to evict her. If we say yes…then she’ll stay until she decides to leave, and after that the only way would be something rather drastic like Wizard’s War. I’m not saying this to alarm you, but it is how I see it. The Rhine has extensive laws and regulations for guests, a long history of cooperation. Normandy is quite different. Based on what I know, what I’ve witnessed, I’m in favor of allowing the Aegis in a very limited way, present those rules to her and if she accepts it we set it up. The rules alone might discourage her. If she’s unwilling for that then we say she must apply for membership at Mons Electi or leave. And that is a process we control completely.”

A better question is why does she not accept a token to be within our superior Aegis? No. I think she is seeking protection of an Aegis but does not want to entangle Mons Electi. To Marcus’ point, why do a lot of people with power come to us? I think it is because of Apollodorus and what he represented. He has obviously let selected people know about his research into House Guernicus so we have become a beacon of resistance and conflict in this matter. Does this mean Cumhachd is our ally in this? I do not know. I do not even know if this is the reason she is here. Perhaps it as simple, as Stultus has put it, seeing two of her old apprentices. But Marcus seems to differ on that matter.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:10 am by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:About this time there’s a knock on the door. A page enters when bidden and tells Korvin that Loys is waiting outside, waiting to carry a message to Cumhachd about the Aegis she had requested…

Bid him to have a seat in the antechamber. We are discussing it.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:47 am by cunningrat1

jebrick wrote:
cunningrat1 wrote:Stultus adds “I also believe one more person should stay out of the casting and stay within the covenant while the casting is performed. Alexei or Roberto, by preference.”

Why? I would not want to exclude or limit the Imperiator on our own grounds.

Stultus eyes Korvin, because apparently the man has missed completely what’s been said, and shrugs. “Never mind.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:53 am by Jonathan.Link

The page goes out of the council chamber, and then reappears just as quickly at the door, “Begging your pardon, Princeps, Loys was most insistent that I interrupt. He said that the request is no longer necessary, and he and Cumhachd will be departing momentarily. He just wished to say goodbye to all the magi here, and Tranquillina specifically.”

Now, here’s where it gets tricky (said like Matt Smith as Doctor Who). As players, think about what reasonable precautions your characters have undertaken to secure Apollodorus’s book of Control. I think a couple of guards are reasonable, Ward Against the Curious Scullion is also reasonable. What else? I’d say that Apollodorus’s sanctum marker remains, but that’s a convenient fiction…

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 13, 2013 11:58 am by Jonathan.Link

Put the discussion over here…
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=21094
Continue with the in character discussions of what’s happening here. Some of the magi may wish to Leap to Apollodorus’s sanctum as soon as I let them realize what’s going on…

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 2:31 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:The page goes out of the council chamber, and then reappears just as quickly at the door, “Begging your pardon, Princeps, Loys was most insistent that I interrupt. He said that the request is no longer necessary, and he and Cumhachd will be departing momentarily. He just wished to say goodbye to all the magi here, and Tranquillina specifically.”

Fiona looks at the page, then shoots a surprised look at Tranquillina. “Your Loys is leaving with Cumhachd?!?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 2:47 am by gerg

Take one part “With all the drama and confusion, Tranquillina never got around to mentioning about Loys and Cumhachd” …
… mix it with one part “Because she was mightily embarrassed about never having checked whether Loys was Gifted, Tranquillina didn’t want to mention about Loys and Cumhachd.”
That’s what happened.

But eventually, Tranquillina forces herself to speak the words. “Cumhachd discovered that Loys was Gifted, Gently so. She has begun opening his Arts and has claimed him as her apprentice.” She does so without making eye contact with anybody.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:11 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:But eventually, Tranquillina forces herself to speak the words. “Cumhachd discovered that Loys was Gifted, Gently so. She has begun opening his Arts and has claimed him as her apprentice.” She does so without making eye contact with anybody.

Fiona looks at Tranquillina in stunned silence for a minute, then goes over and gives her a long sisterly hug. “We can talk later,” she whispers in Gaelic.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 9:23 am by cunningrat1

Stultus blinks, eyes growing wide, then narrowing in thought. “Tranquillina….” he says gently, and then switches to Gaelic as well. “Why don’t you go say goodbye to the boy. He probably needs that from you right now — not to mention that it probably wouldn’t hurt a year or two down the line when you claim him back.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 10:03 am by qcipher

Alexei looks about the others a bit confused.

“So…this is confusing. Is this over? Or was this proposal made to keep us busy and distracted?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 10:22 am by jebrick

qcipher wrote:Alexei looks about the others a bit confused.

“So…this is confusing. Is this over? Or was this proposal made to keep us busy and distracted?”

It certainly succeeded on doing that. Yes. I think this is over. To the page. Please allow Loys to enter.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 10:26 am by Jonathan.Link

“Of course it was to keep us busy and distracted.” Marcus growls, not at Alexei, but at the situation, “But, she’ll also have planned for this, if she sent Loys. By this time, I’m sure whatever deed she planned is done, and we’ve already been had. Cumhachd is probably gone by now.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 11:10 am by Jonathan.Link

Loys enters the room, and appears a bit nervous, “Begging your pardon at interrupting the meeting, Cumhachd asked that I come here while she began packing up. She said we would be leaving in a few hours, now that the most difficult part of Opening of my Arts has been done, and I’m well enough to travel. She wanted to thank you for your hospitality.” He pulls 10 golden nuggets each about the size of an almond out of his travel pack, placing them on the table. “She said this would be enough for the difficulty she has caused.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 12:54 pm by jebrick

Alexei, could you hop over to Apollodorus’ Library. Perhaps with some urgency.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:32 pm by Jonathan.Link

((How much preparation is Alexei going to take? And, no, I don’t think he’s in mail at the council meeting… ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Just then, there’s a commotion in the foyer, what sounds like a rhythmic wooden clumping noise.

“You can’t go in there,” the page says in French, “the Magi are in a meeting!”

“Stand aside, Jacques, the magi have to hear what I say!” cries a woman’s voice.

Mere seconds later, the door flies open and Alexandria, the librarian, hobbles in. She is leaning heavily on her cane, her face flushed, and out of breath.

“I beg your forgiveness, magi,” she says in excellent Latin, “but one of your books has been stolen! I tried to stop her, but she ensorcelled me so that I couldn’t move until after she left.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:45 pm by Jonathan.Link

Marcus after Loys, “Five.”
Marcus after Alexandria, “Four.”
Marcus turns to Korvin, and asks, “Why are you sending Alexei to Apollodorus’s quarters, Korvin? What do you know?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 3:51 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys enters the room, and appears a bit nervous, “Begging your pardon at interrupting the meeting, Cumhachd asked that I come here while she began packing up. She said we would be leaving in a few hours, now that the most difficult part of Opening of my Arts has been done, and I’m well enough to travel. She wanted to thank you for your hospitality.” He pulls 10 golden nuggets each about the size of an almond out of his travel pack, placing them on the table. “She said this would be enough for the difficulty she has caused.”

Fiona looks at the nuggets, then at Tranquillina before she casts a quick, spontaneous spell1 (Sense the Nature of Vis) and picks one up at random, which flashes white momentarily. (If it matters which one, she picks up Nugget #6). “Are these all the same, Loys?”
1 Spell level is 5 (I was thinking about trying to spont a Group version, but that jacks it to a 15, which probably ain’t happening.) CT is Sta 3 + In 5 + Vi 5 + Aura 5 + die roll of 7 = 25, halved is 12. Penetration, if it matters, would be 10.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 4:01 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:Marcus after Loys, “Five.”
Marcus after Alexandria, “Four.”
Marcus turns to Korvin, and asks, “Why are you sending Alexei to Apollodorus’s quarters, Korvin? What do you know?”

I know she knows about Apollodorus’ book Control becasue she asked if she could read it.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 4:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

Fiona’s spell, coversthe golden nuggets in a dark brown aura. ((Don’t really like how the spell’s explained, I think it does too much according to the flavor text, and guidelines are murky, but we’ll roll with it.))
“Yes, maga Fiona, they are each a pawn of Terram vis, according to Cumhachd. She seemed to think this was one of your shortages, other than Vim, but she couldn’t spare anymore than that, as we’ll need it where we’re going next.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 4:04 pm by Jonathan.Link

In response to Korvin, Marcus coutns down to, “Three.” He then continues, “I’m sure the book is already gone, we will call that two…”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 6:09 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona looks at Marcus curiously, her hair drifting lazily about her head. “Why are you counting backwards, sweetie? Do you know something you’re not sharing?”

Jonathan.Link wrote:In response to Korvin, Marcus coutns down to, “Three.” He then continues, “I’m sure the book is already gone, we will call that two…”

“No, Magus, it wasn’t one of Apollodorus’s books she took,” Alexandria says, “none of his are in my library. It was one of your magical books, though.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 6:37 pm by Jonathan.Link

“I’ve said she’s five steps ahead of us…” Marcus is taking some kind of morbid pleasure in the countdown.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Tue May 14, 2013 7:31 pm by cunningrat1

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona looks at Marcus curiously, her hair drifting lazily about her head. “Why are you counting backwards, sweetie? Do you know something you’re not sharing?”

Jonathan.Link wrote:In response to Korvin, Marcus coutns down to, “Three.” He then continues, “I’m sure the book is already gone, we will call that two…”

“No, Magus, it wasn’t one of Apollodorus’s books she took,” Alexandria says, “none of his are in my library. It was one of your magical books, though.”

Stultus quirks an eyebrow. “Which one?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 2:45 pm by Jonathan.Link

Loys looks pained at the news of the book being taken, and also a bit confused. “Cumhachd said she was securing a few books for my educational needs, that where we were going there wouldn’t be very many books available.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 3:45 pm by cunningrat1

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys looks pained at the news of the book being taken, and also a bit confused. “Cumhachd said she was securing a few books for my educational needs, that where we were going there wouldn’t be very many books available.”

Stultus shrugs. “Woman could’ve asked for a loan, but nooo, she’s gotta do things the hard way…”
He quirks his head to one side, and waddles up to Loys, sticking out his hand. “In any event, it’s been a pleasure to know you, boy. Good luck.” Those who are very perceptive may note that the bells on his hat take a while to stop ringing from the sudden movement — recall that his wizard’s sigil is the faint sound of tinkling bells — and wonder what the hell the Tytalus is up to now.

(( Casting “Perception of the Conflicting Motives”. Casting total is +22, 10 for no words or gestures - Quiet Magic applies, +3 for talisman attunement: +15. Roll of 9. Forceless casting. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 4:31 pm by Jonathan.Link

It’s as plain as the look on his face. He’s not sure why Cumachd wouldn’t just ask to borrow the books, instead of stealing them. And now wonders what he’s gotten himself into.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 4:48 pm by Marko Markoko

This is all on your head, payaso. I told you, but you went on whining about the “Tytalus” way. Well, I am not Tytalus, and neither are the rest of us. Why is it that we have to have Tytalus theivery foisted upon us?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 5:40 pm by cunningrat1

Marko Markoko wrote:This is all on your head, payaso. I told you, but you went on whining about the “Tytalus” way. Well, I am not Tytalus, and neither are the rest of us. Why is it that we have to have Tytalus theivery foisted upon us?

“Bugger me sideways if I know!” explodes Stultus. “That was before she went after the entire covenant. SHE exceeded HER brief, and thus made a liar out of me. I’m not best pleased with her just at the moment.”

He looks up at Loys. “Welcome to being used as a pawn. Get accustomed to it: you’ve got a minimum of fifteen more years of being shoved this way and that willy-nilly. Probably closer to twenty. So, after you delivered your message and got used as a convenient punching bag for our wrath, where were you supposed to meet her?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 6:24 pm by Jonathan.Link

((want to give gerg a chance to catch-up and post, if the site lets him.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 7:55 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

cunningrat1 wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“No, Magus, it wasn’t one of Apollodorus’s books she took,” Alexandria says, “none of his are in my library. It was one of your magical books, though.”

Stultus quirks an eyebrow. “Which one?”

“It was Unifying Principles of Our Magic "Alexandria says, still leaning heavily on her cane and gradually catching her breath.

Jonathan.Link wrote:Loys looks pained at the news of the book being taken, and also a bit confused. “Cumhachd said she was securing a few books for my educational needs, that where we were going there wouldn’t be very many books available.”

Alexandria’s knuckles tighten on the head of her cane, and she looks like she’s trying to cast a spontaneous Creo Mortem on Loys.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 8:03 pm by gerg

((fucking forums. ))

As the events surrounding Cumhachd’s recent actions unfold, Tranquillina backs away from the table as far as possible, which isn’t far given that the table dominates the room. She spontaneously casts Unraveling the Fabric of Corpus quietly to restore her face back to her normal teenage appearance; as she does so, the metaphorical stench from the vis in the gold nuggets assaults her senses, causing bile to rise up from her throat into her mouth. Steadying herself as best she can, she then quietly casts her formulaic Unraveling the Fabric of Imaginem to remove the battered-body illusion from her wolfskin cloak.
((UtFoCorpus: Sta -3 + Pe 14 + Vi 7 + talisman attunement (alter self) 5 + aura 5 – quiet words 5 + stress die 3 = 26, halved is 13. Enough to unravel a level 23+ spell.))
((UtFoImagimen: Sta -3 + Pe 14 + Vi 7 + Mastery 1 + aura 5 – quiet words 5 – vis allergy 3 + stress die 0 = 16, successful. If there’s vis around, maybe that’s enough for a “second” botch die that her mastery doesn’t do away with: safe.))

She then moves swiftly (though she is out of breath) to stand directly in front of Loys, and silently and motionlessly casts Aura of Rightful Authority on him when he meets her grim gaze. ((automatic in this aura, even with the vis allergy penalty)) She doesn’t bother prefacing it with Shroud Magic, so both Loys and Alexandra should feel some nausea. “If you have something to say to me, say it now,” she commands Loys forcefully.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 8:05 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:((fucking forums. ))

((So far, they seem to have been behaving themselves since I got home about 40 minutes ago…although I probably shouldn’t have said that.))

gerg wrote:She then moves swiftly (though she is out of breath) to stand directly in front of Loys, and silently and motionlessly casts Aura of Rightful Authority on him when he meets her grim gaze. ((automatic in this aura, even with the vis allergy penalty)) She doesn’t bother prefacing it with Shroud Magic, so both Loys and Alexandra should feel some nausea. “If you have something to say to me, say it now,” she commands Loys forcefully.

((Why Alexandria?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 8:16 pm by Jonathan.Link

“You want the truth? You are a small, sad woman. Cumhachd opened my eyes to you. And if what master Stultus says is true, it will be much better to be her pawn, than yours. At least she was willing to actually teach me.” Loys has a look like, well, she asked for it! He shows the signs of someone who had been pushed too far and for too long.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 8:27 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona looks at Loys, mouth open in shock. She looks like she’s about to say something, but her eyes flick quickly at Tranquillina, and she keeps quiet. It’s a long moment before she remembers to close her mouth again.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 9:02 pm by cunningrat1

(( DAMMIT, Marcus! Quit hogging the popcorn!! ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 11:19 pm by qcipher

jebrick wrote:Alexei, could you hop over to Apollodorus’ Library. Perhaps with some urgency.

((I really wanted to…I made 5 attempts on this thread. Now let me catch up first))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Wed May 15, 2013 11:32 pm by qcipher

Alexei seemed to have a strange look on his face for most of the time when the thievery was reported. His head quirked to one side and a confused cast to his expression, almost like a puppy seeing something new for the first time. ((Yeah we’ll go with that ))

Suddenly he snaps out of it and stands up fast enough to tip the chair behind him and he actually snarls before disappearing.

((Casting a spell to go to the library:
Leap of Homecoming
1d10+41 → [5,41] = (46)
http://invisiblecastle.com/roller/view/4050834/

Per+Finesse roll:
1d10+1 → [7,1] = (8)
http://invisiblecastle.com/roller/view/4050835/))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 7:16 am by jebrick

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
cunningrat1 wrote:
Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“No, Magus, it wasn’t one of Apollodorus’s books she took,” Alexandria says, “none of his are in my library. It was one of your magical books, though.”

Stultus quirks an eyebrow. “Which one?”

“It was Unifying Principles of Our Magic "Alexandria says, still leaning heavily on her cane and gradually catching her breath.

but she would know that Fiona and I have the library lists. We have arcane connections to all the books. We do not have them with any of Apollodorus’ books.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:13 am by Jonathan.Link

jebrick wrote:but she would know that Fiona and I have the library lists. We have arcane connections to all the books. We do not have them with any of Apollodorus’ books.

“That’s all well and good, but do we have any way of recalling these books, and doing so before she destroys the connection between the list and the book? Marcus looks at both Stultus and Tranquillina, “Is she very capable with Vim magics or metamagics?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 12:29 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
gerg wrote:She doesn’t bother prefacing it with Shroud Magic, so both Loys and Alexandra should feel some nausea. “If you have something to say to me, say it now,” she commands Loys forcefully.

((Why Alexandria?))

((Tranquillina’s sigil affects everyone nearby, is how I play it. The magi have Parma though, so they resist it.))

Jonathan.Link wrote:“You want the truth? You are a small, sad woman. Cumhachd opened my eyes to you. And if what master Stultus says is true, it will be much better to be her pawn, than yours. At least she was willing to actually teach me.” Loys has a look like, well, she asked for it! He shows the signs of someone who had been pushed too far and for too long.

Tranquillina raises her eyebrow, no more agitated than a lady might be if a merchant informed her of the provenance of a particular vase. She strolls idly in a circuit around the table, hands folded together inside her cloak, eventually to end up near Loys again but from the other direction. “You are welcome to your opinion, of course. However, you made a promise to me, when I agreed to allow you to assist me in my laboratory. A week and a half ago, you broke that promise, by refusing to report as you were told. Neither my size nor your evaluation of my emotional state is relevant to that failure.” Halfway around the table, she peers over her shoulder at the young man. “Not only did you fail to heed your duty, you did not communicate any reason for this absence. Not that day, not the next day – in fact, not even to this very moment. Never mind that abject apology is the appropriate response: you have not even deigned to offer an explanation of any sort.”

Tranquillina spreads her arms wide in a “what is one to do” gesture. “Your actions are neither defensible nor, at this point, forgivable. You are no longer an inhabitant of this covenant.” She shrugs her shoulders. “You have a new infatuation now, so I am sure you will not care overmuch about your eviction. Allow me to give you a gift to convey to Cumhachd to celebrate the occasion.” Tranquillina is very close to Loys now; her hands emerge from her cloak to take up positions in the air before her. “I shall give her a glimpse of her future with you, you and your disobedient silence.”

With no further preamble, Tranquillina casts Twist of the Tongue upon Loys. While her words are no louder than normal for a spell, their biting tone betrays her true feelings. ((automatically cast successfully))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:07 pm by Jonathan.Link

Loys looks horrified at first, and he screams out a mangled cry, and then spits blood out of his mouth. And then strangely, he seems calm, and actually smiles as he pulls out something from his pack: a piece of folded parchment. He stands there before the assembled magi, with his eyes closed, a slight smile on his face waiting patiently, broken occasionally by the need to spit some blood out onto the floor of the council chamber, which he continues to do, in fact making an exaggerated motion of it, while looking at Tranquillina. After a few minutes, he nods his head, and and raises his arm, and then disappears.

“And One. What One is, I don’t know now.”
Marcus looks directly at Tranquillina, "Well, I suppose he was right, you are a small woman, Tranquillina. " When Marcus says small, it’s clear that he means petty.

“You still haven’t figured it out. Cumhachd wants you to come at her, directly. But you play games, and sidestep. Try and bargain with her, instead of telling her what you want. She plays your games, Tranquillina, and then she beats you at them fairly. And so you take it out on someone else, because your incapable of handling the truth. I’m excusing myself before I’m kicked out.” He looks at Stultus, “I’d appreciate knowing what’s in that letter, when you have a moment, unless this council decides to make it secret, of course. I’m done here for now.” Marcus storms out of the council chamber. The way he says done suggests that it’s more than just this council meeting that he’s done with.

The letter reads:

Future sodalis,

It is with heavy heart that I leave Mons Electi, what has been my home since birth. I love this place, and hope to return, but that may not be possible, for no one knows what the future holds. I only ask that you forgive Tranquillina. She knows not what she does. Cumhachd warned me that she would act childishly should I tell her exactly what I thought, but I believed differently. So, I came prepared with this letter. A plan for the worst, with a hope for the best. That you’re reading this means that I am either dead, or she acted against me in some less forceful way. Heal her and teach her.

Loys, disciplus Cumhachd

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:29 pm by qcipher

((anything in the library? I wasn’t there to see what happened to Loys))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:32 pm by Jonathan.Link

qcipher wrote:((anything in the library? I wasn’t there to see what happened to Loys))

((That’ll happen in the other thread. After someone identifies grogs who can interact with Cumhachd and Twigberry.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:34 pm by gerg

Once Loys disappears and Marcus is done shitting all over her, Tranquillina walks out of the council room without another word. She does not read Loys’s letter.

Her head throbbing with anger, she walks down a flight of stairs and heads into the library to see about the stolen book.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:40 pm by Jonathan.Link

gerg wrote:Her head throbbing with anger, she walks down a flight of stairs and heads into the library to see about the stolen book.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
qcipher wrote:((anything in the library? I wasn’t there to see what happened to Loys))

((That’ll happen in the other thread. After someone identifies grogs who can interact with Cumhachd and Twigberry.))

Probably need to clarify things here. My understanding is that Alexei is going to Apollodorus’s library/sanctum, based on Korvin’s request. So, is Tranquillina going to Apollodorus’s library, too, or just to the main Mons Electi library?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 1:50 pm by qcipher

Jonathan.Link wrote:
gerg wrote:Her head throbbing with anger, she walks down a flight of stairs and heads into the library to see about the stolen book.

Jonathan.Link wrote:
qcipher wrote:((anything in the library? I wasn’t there to see what happened to Loys))

((That’ll happen in the other thread. After someone identifies grogs who can interact with Cumhachd and Twigberry.))

Probably need to clarify things here. My understanding is that Alexei is going to Apollodorus’s library/sanctum, based on Korvin’s request. So, is Tranquillina going to Apollodorus’s library, too, or just to the main Mons Electi library?

((I should have been clearer, Alexei was going to go to Apollodorus and then our Librarian came in and reported the theft, so I was headed for that one. I just said he was headed to the library, but I should have specified))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 4:00 pm by gerg

((Same vagueness here, sorry – Tranquillina’s also going to the main ME library, whence the Magic Theory book was stolen.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 4:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

Alright, not sure if Alexei knows where to look in the Library for the stolen book…so he goes there and waits for Tranquillina and Alexandria to show up…

In her rush to inform the magi, after being freed, Alexandria overlooked a note left in the spot where the book normally resides. Tranquilina can tell that the note is in Cumhachd’s hand, but written in Classical Greek.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 4:26 pm by gerg

The soft noise coming from Tranquillina’s throat sounds eerily like a mastiff’s growl. “Alexei, have you learned any Greek from Benner yet? Can you read this note?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 4:58 pm by qcipher

Alexei turns to Tranquillina and looks down at the note and then abruptly leans over and sniffs it!

He coughs as he stands upright, looking a bit embarassed. “Ahem…sorry, I’m in the midst of enchanting my familiar…the process has had an affect on me. But no, I’m afraid I can’t read…is that Greek? Perhaps Helmut can. I’ll summon him, if he can’t then we’ll need others.”

((Can someone check if Helmut can read it, he’s in th Grogs section, I think he’s the first grog, who else can read Greek?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Thu May 16, 2013 5:31 pm by Jonathan.Link

According to Obsidian Portal he has Speak Greek 1, but I’m not sure where he is in the scheme of things for advancement… His age is listed as 15, so my guess is he hasn’t been advanced…
Of course, there is a table full of other magi that the two left in the council chamber…

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 5:46 pm by qcipher

Jonathan.Link wrote:According to Obsidian Portal he has Speak Greek 1, but I’m not sure where he is in the scheme of things for advancement… His age is listed as 15, so my guess is he hasn’t been advanced…
Of course, there is a table full of other magi that the two left in the council chamber…

((He’s up to date on the Grogs page here))

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 6:41 pm by gerg

Screw that … Tranquillina already made her sullen exit, she’s not going back in there. She peremptorily tells the nearest muggle to go fetch Benner to the library for her. ((This season Benner is teaching Fiona Ancient Greek, but I doubt Tranquillina, or anyone else for that matter, would know that.))

While she waits for Benner to arrive, she extents her magic sensitivity over the note. Any more mysterious magic words?

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 7:38 pm by Jonathan.Link

Tranquillina doesn’t get what she wants here. It’s like Cumhachd is haunting her. The page runs off and gets Benner, who is muttering and complaining loudly and mightily about his lesson with Fiona interrupted/reschedule for a council meeting, and now this emergency request from Tranquillina. Really, who has an emergency about Greek?
((anyone in council can hear him, and he mentions Tranquillin and library, so they can follow him))

“Yes, maga Tranquillina, what can I do for you?” He sounds a bit exasperated, but she only heard him muttering if she rolls a 9+ Per+Awareness check.

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 7:58 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:who has an emergency about Greek?

Jonathan.Link wrote:“Yes, maga Tranquillina, what can I do for you?” He sounds a bit exasperated, but she only heard him muttering if she rolls a 9+ Per+Awareness check.

((Per 2 + Awareness 2 + stress die 6 = 10.)) “We do not pay you to complain, Benner,” Tranquillina offers as generously as her mood allows. “Your valuable expertise can help us here, and I assure you it will not tax you overmuch.” She spreads the note out on the table between them. “What does this writing say?”

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:12 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Yes, about that, I’m still waiting for my stipend, any idea when I can expect that?” Of course, he has to bring up the chronic cash flow problem the covenant has, now.
“Seems straightforward enough. Let’s see.” His voice assumes the tone of one reading to others.
“From Cumhachd Tytali, to the magi of Mons Electi.
I am taking this book, and have instructed Loys to leave 10 pawns of vis with you for compensation. In addition, I am taking one other book, which you may or may not have figured out what it is. Do not be too hard on the guards outside of its resting place. They were unprepared for my presence and ‘attack.’ Tranquillina, if you’re hearing this, I wish to thank you for preparing Loys passably for me. If the magi of Mons Electi wish to come visit, that may be difficult, but Tranquillina knows who I am with, or at least she should be able to predict who I am with. Lastly, this was only possible because you, as a group keep too many secrets. I tell you this not to gloat, but to inoculate you against what is yet to come. Warmest regards, Cumhachd.”

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:19 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:Tranquillina spreads her arms wide in a “what is one to do” gesture. “Your actions are neither defensible nor, at this point, forgivable. You are no longer an inhabitant of this covenant.” She shrugs her shoulders. “You have a new infatuation now, so I am sure you will not care overmuch about your eviction. Allow me to give you a gift to convey to Cumhachd to celebrate the occasion.” Tranquillina is very close to Loys now; her hands emerge from her cloak to take up positions in the air before her. “I shall give her a glimpse of her future with you, you and your disobedient silence.”

With no further preamble, Tranquillina casts Twist of the Tongue upon Loys. While her words are no louder than normal for a spell, their biting tone betrays her true feelings. ((automatically cast successfully))

Fiona looks at Tranquillina, not even trying to hide her shock.
gerg wrote:Once Loys disappears and Marcus is done shitting all over her, Tranquillina walks out of the council room without another word. She does not read Loys’s letter.

Her head throbbing with anger, she walks down a flight of stairs and heads into the library to see about the stolen book.

Fiona looks around at the others. “Is there any more business to discuss, or shall we adjourn?” she asks curtly.

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:51 pm by Jonathan.Link

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
jebrick wrote:but she would know that Fiona and I have the library lists. We have arcane connections to all the books. We do not have them with any of Apollodorus’ books.

I can’t believe it never occurred to me that ME would have a catalogue (Covenants, p. 98), especially after that stunt Duncan pulled. But I suspect any spell to summon a book to you via the catalog would be hella-high-level. Assuming a parallel to Rego Corpus, it would be ReAn(He) base 35, R: Arcane Connection +4, D: Momentary, T: Individual, for a spell level of 55, which would make it a Ritual. Or you could go to where the book is, which would be a ReCo 35, aka Leap of the Homecoming Does that sound about right?

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:
Jonathan.Link wrote:Fiona can make a Magic Theory roll.

Int 1 + Magic Theory 6 + die roll of 2 = 9. Good thing she knows so much about Magic Theory, ’cause her rolls are crap tonight.

It occurs to Fiona, that Loys and Cumhachd should be close by, since Alexandria just came into the room, and Loys just disappeared shortly thereafter…

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 8:55 pm by qcipher

Alexei listens to the letter and honestly can’t hide his anger, but finally lets out a deep breath.

“Well, you tried warning us Tranquillina.” he says, finally pronouncing her name right. “What other book, and what did she mean what is to come? And what book was taken here, a Magic Theory?” he sighs. “I suppose it’s too late to find her now is it? Should I just prepare a letter for Wizard’s War or bring her up on charges? Let’s head back to the others.”

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Posted Thu May 16, 2013 9:59 pm by gerg

“I have an Arcane Connection to Cumhachd,” Tranquillina tells him, “a permanent one. Well, and this letter here, and a couple others besides. Also I have a Connection to Loys, who will be with her. So we should be able to locate or travel to them, now or any time we wish.” She looks around the room. Having been proved right makes her a little calmer and less defensive; it sure doesn’t make her any happier. “Alexandria, go through all the books in the library, as well as you can; see if any of them have been tampered with or, God forbid, are also missing. Benner, thank you for your service tonight; I shall make sure your stipend reaches you tomorrow.” (She means this, too; she’ll scrimp somewhere else for the moment if she has to.)

She departs the library with Alexei, but stops him a few steps outside its door. “Alexei: the letter … she mentioned another book, one with guards outside….”

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 1:11 am by cunningrat1

After Loys departs, Stultus hops off the table and silently walks out of the chamber after him.

Well, almost silently. He turns as he reaches the door, staring hard at Tranquillina, and remarks “You disgust me, maga” in a dead calm, perfectly level voice right before the door shuts behind him.

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 11:04 am by qcipher

The only other library that Alexei can think of would be the one in Apollodorus’s chambers. He knew of it, but hadn’t been as involved in its stewardship and protection, plus this was the one Korvin mentioned. “I’m heading to Appollodorus’s chambers, please bring the others.” Alexei says to both Tranquillina and Benner.

((Just going to port over there, if a roll is necessary can someone make it for me please?))

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 11:23 am by Jonathan.Link

Want to put Brionne on guard duty over there? He could be excited about being frozen to the spot…. The indecision between running away to get help or feeling a nice and powerful spell coursing through him…

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 11:37 am by qcipher

Jonathan.Link wrote:Want to put Brionne on guard duty over there? He could be excited about being frozen to the spot…. The indecision between running away to get help or feeling a nice and powerful spell coursing through him…

((I think it’s funny too (paralyzed with a big O face on ), but i usually see him soing sentry duty outside. But sure, maybe he got light duty tonight.))

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 3:24 pm by gerg

cunningrat1 wrote:[Stultus] turns as he reaches the door, staring hard at Tranquillina, and remarks “You disgust me, maga” in a dead calm, perfectly level voice right before the door shuts behind him.

((and then … turns back to the door and opens it again to leave? ))

qcipher wrote:The only other library that Alexei can think of would be the one in Apollodorus’s chambers. He knew of it, but hadn’t been as involved in its stewardship and protection, plus this was the one Korvin mentioned. “I’m heading to Appollodorus’s chambers, please bring the others.” Alexei says to both Tranquillina and Benner. ((Just going to port over there, if a roll is necessary can someone make it for me please?))

Tranquillina turns quickly to Benner. “One more thing, since you will be wanting to locate Fiona anyway, I am sure. Head up to the council room and inform whichever of the magi are still there that Cumhachd has also visited Apollodorus’s sancum. Alexei has gone there to determine what crimes she has committeed.”

Once Benner has departed and Alexandria is looking over the remaining books, Tranquillina ascends to the closest thing to a watchtower the regio-side covenant buildings have and casts Eyes of the Eagle on herself. ((Ooo, level 25 spell, I’d better add this up. Sta -3 + In 6 + Im 10 + Mastery 1 + talisman attunement (eyes) 6 + aura 5 is 25 already.)) She does look out towards the Tribunal plateau, just in case Cumhachd is dumb enough to still be walking around after the theft; but she also wants to keep an eye on the path up the mountain, as she knows one of their number will be ascending it before nightfall….

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 3:36 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Cumhachd isn’t visible. We’ll even go so far as to say you can see the villa she appropriated, but the door isn’t open.))

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Posted Fri May 17, 2013 6:28 pm by qcipher

Alexei arrives to find the two guards both paralyzed, Brionne’s expression rather…odd. Alexei had seen it before of course, but for it be frozen on him. For now he decided against trying to undo it, Warping was becoming a concerning issue. Over at the table sat Junior. Alexei walked into the chamber and did a cursory look and found himself almost compuslively sniffing the air as well…a habit that he’d only recently picked up (not that it was doing him any good).

“Blast!” he walked outside again. “The spell will probably wear off at Sunset, if it doesn’t we’ll reverse it then, I don’t wish to cast more spells on you of unknown power.”

He goes back in to try and take inventory of what might be missing and await the others. He didn’t know the chambers well though. Wasn’t the cat still about somewhere? The thought made him inexplicably angrier.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013 12:38 pm by jebrick

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona looks around at the others. “Is there any more business to discuss, or shall we adjourn?” she asks curtly.

I’m sure there is more to discuss but for now, I think we are done.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013 12:55 pm by Jonathan.Link

Benner comes in, and tells the remaining magi that Tranquillina requests them in Apollodorus’s sanctum.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013 5:01 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

jebrick wrote:I’m sure there is more to discuss but for now, I think we are done.

“Good,” Fiona says as she stands. “I need to get well and thoroughly…” Before she can finish the thought, however:
Jonathan.Link wrote:Benner comes in, and tells the remaining magi that Tranquillina requests them in Apollodorus’s sanctum.

Fiona raises a brow. “At least she was polite about it,” she mutters, then takes off for Apollodorus’s sanctum, walking with the purposeful stride of a woman who’s about to beat some sense into somebody.

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Posted Sun May 19, 2013 8:01 am by Jonathan.Link

The remaining magi in council make their way to Apollodorus’s sanctum, and they find Brionne and Junior frozen to their spots. Junior at a table in a pose that looks as if he was arm wrestling someone, and winning. Brionne with his sword out, held as if preparing to strike, but not quite in mid swing. The doors to the sanctum, and Alexei is within. Whatever countermeasures were in place to protect Apollodorus’s Book of Control were easily defeated by someone who seemed to know exactly how to bypass them, somehow.

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Posted Sun May 19, 2013 7:43 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:The remaining magi in council make their way to Apollodorus’s sanctum, and they find Brionne and Junior frozen to their spots. Junior at a table in a pose that looks as if he was arm wrestling someone, and winning. Brionne with his sword out, held as if preparing to strike, but not quite in mid swing. The doors to the sanctum, and Alexei is within. Whatever countermeasures were in place to protect Apollodorus’s Book of Control were easily defeated by someone who seemed to know exactly how to bypass them, somehow.

“This is what Alexandria said Cumhachd did to her in the library, isn’t it?” Fiona asks as she looks at the two guards. She then strides into Apollodorus’s sanctum (Her Corpus MR is 40+Aura, if it matters; her Mentem, 25. Can’t remember off-hand what defenses are up on the sanctum besides that anti-Guernicus ward.)

“Is it still here, Alexei?”

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 8:33 am by jebrick

The question we should be asking is how she knew about it. Anyone care to venture a guess?

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 9:44 am by Marko Markoko

Spies. Snooping around recently or longstanting agents. Or scrying. Or maybe she is mixed up in the Tytalus cabals that seem to be constantly manipulating us. Maybe she knew Apollodorus. Or maybe she knows Valarian. The best way to find out is to beat the crap outta her and get a confession. I thought Tranquillina’s spell on that boy was harsh and kinda cruel. But now I am thinking the little bugger is a traitor and in cahoots with a thief.
Do you think this spell wears off, or do we need to dispell it? (pokes Junior)
Well, Payaso, not only do I think you owe Tranquillina an apology, but I say that it is on your head to resolve all of this. I will help you, we are a covenant and you are never on your own. You should have taken Tranquillina’s side, but hopefully she will forgive you and help you as well.
But this is all your responsability. I let you have your way because she was your guest. I have no idea how Korvin wound up becoming her host. I think he has some explaining to do. But when she first showed up and started in with her shennanigans, I was ready to boot her out the door right there and then. But you had to but in. And now it leads to this.
I don’t want to hear your apologies, excuses, explainations or arguments. Nadda. You don’t have to defend yourself to me.
Just remeber this, learn a lesson from it. Take due notice and govern yourself accordingly.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 10:05 am by jebrick

All of your theories are very hollow ( as Roberto would not even have know about the book). Only full members of covenant have knowledge of what is in this room. The only one that is close to probable is that she knew Apollodorus and he told her what he was doing. Even that sounds odd as he was very secretive and not someone that could be tricked into giving up knowledge unwillingly.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 10:10 am by Jonathan.Link

Roberto would know that an Apprentice, as Loys is, has no duty to anyone but his master, and his master is the only one under the Code that can be held responsible for what the apprentice does. The attack may be rationalized as justified, as Roberto is doing here, that Tranquillina’s actions are justified. Finding him to be a traitor is a bit excessive, since he has no duty to Mons Electi, of course Roberto could feel this way, but it should probably be muted that as an Apprentice, he can’t really defy his mistress. Of course, this dovetails into the Quaesitorial investigation that will be descending upon Mons Electi sometime soon…

And Stultus isn’t here…he’s gone, so Roberto is talking to a phantom…

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 11:47 am by qcipher

Alexei is looking about him in the library and looks up as people enter. “I’m…not sure where everything is, I haven’t been here in awhile, but most likely the book is not here.”

He’s listening and searching as the talk of Loys is brought up. “Who’s Loys? Her apprentice?” he heaves a sigh. “She left something for us in return, right? Some vis? Let’s assess everything before we take actions that can’t be undone. I’m inclined to declare multiple Wizard Wars on her, but she can likely plead to others that she’s the victim, so let us make sure we have everything known. Starting with the vis. How much did we get from when she entered to when she left? This can be important, she can claim that she bought the rights to the books and hospitality.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:44 pm by jebrick

Jacques will do a quick accounting since he did the initial inventory.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:50 pm by Jonathan.Link

Apollodorus’s Book of Control is the only thing missing.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 1:58 pm by jebrick

We cannot declare Wizards war without letting everyone know about the book…which I am not prepared to do. The other book was paid for by the pawns of vis to be borrowed. And her note is quite clear. This is Tranquillina’s game. She can get the book back. If any of the rest of us go Cumhachd would lead us on a merry chase but in the end a waste of our time. Now that is not to say that she can not take others with her but in the end she must be the one to confront her. Think about how Cumhachd did it. She was able cast a spell of at least 5th magnitude to freeze both guards while inside a hostile aegis.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 2:35 pm by Jonathan.Link

jebrick wrote:We cannot declare Wizards war without letting everyone know about the book…which I am not prepared to do. The other book was paid for by the pawns of vis to be borrowed. And her note is quite clear. This is Tranquillina’s game. She can get the book back. If any of the rest of us go Cumhachd would lead us on a merry chase but in the end a waste of our time. Now that is not to say that she can not take others with her but in the end she must be the one to confront her. Think about how Cumhachd did it. She was able cast a spell of at least 5th magnitude to freeze both guards while inside a hostile aegis.

Korvin can make a per + MT roll.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 3:06 pm by gerg

((Going back to timey-wimey … this is happening about 10-20 minutes after the scene in Apollodorus’s chamber, if Stultus goes directly back to his sanctum))

Stultus emerges from the cave with the shifting stalagmites and leans against the rock for a moment, shaking out his legs as he takes in some fresher air and the lovely view. Once through that cave, he knows, he’s about two-thirds of the way to his sanctum – although the staircase at the end is the most annoying part of the walk, with its overlarge steps. As he continues on the winding path around the top portion of the mountain, a corner of the mansion comes in and out of view as the angle changes.

Somewhere between the cave and the staircase, on a short but relatively straight stretch of trail alongside the crack-laden cliff wall, a single lavender flower stands in the center of the path. It is a lily – a river flower – and the path is rocky, without the least hint of fertile soil.

((Assuming you approach it, make a Per + Awareness roll))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 3:13 pm by jebrick

Jonathan.Link wrote:
jebrick wrote:We cannot declare Wizards war without letting everyone know about the book…which I am not prepared to do. The other book was paid for by the pawns of vis to be borrowed. And her note is quite clear. This is Tranquillina’s game. She can get the book back. If any of the rest of us go Cumhachd would lead us on a merry chase but in the end a waste of our time. Now that is not to say that she can not take others with her but in the end she must be the one to confront her. Think about how Cumhachd did it. She was able cast a spell of at least 5th magnitude to freeze both guards while inside a hostile aegis.

Korvin can make a per + MT roll.

1d10=9 + per 0 + mt 7 = 16

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 3:57 pm by Jonathan.Link

The spell cast on Junior and Brionne is at least 25th magnitude.
The spell cast on Alexandria is of lesser magnitude
Presume Korvin read the note left by Cumhachd, he can presume that Apollodorous’s book was taken first.
Loys just disappeared, and the spell has to be 10th magnitude or less; meaning that Cumhachd was within 7-leagues of Mons Electi when she cast the spell, she had to cast a 50th level spell + 18 penetration. She probably has a Rego Corpus capability of at least 10 to 12 magnitudes.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 9:23 pm by jebrick

Just in case it needs to be said, Korvin will tell everyone what he thinks about the spell levels involved.

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Posted Mon May 20, 2013 11:27 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

jebrick wrote:The question we should be asking is how she knew about it. Anyone care to venture a guess?

“I’m hoping that she knew Apollodorus and knew that he kept a copy of the book here,” Fiona ventures. “If not…the most likely scenario I can think of is that she somehow learned of it from Loys. I sincerely doubt that she heard of it from Stultus or Tranquillina, and I would be real surprised if she had just happened to stumble upon it while snooping around.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 20, 2013 11:39 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Jonathan.Link wrote:
The spell cast on Junior and Brionne is at least 25th magnitude.
The spell cast on Alexandria is of lesser magnitude
Presume Korvin read the note left by Cumhachd, he can presume that Apollodorous’s book was taken first.
Loys just disappeared, and the spell has to be 10th magnitude or less; meaning that Cumhachd was within 7-leagues of Mons Electi when she cast the spell, she had to cast a 50th level spell + 18 penetration. She probably has a Rego Corpus capability of at least 10 to 12 magnitudes.
jebrick wrote:Just in case it needs to be said, Korvin will tell everyone what he thinks about the spell levels involved.

Fiona whistles in amazement. “It seems she’s quite the prodigy in those areas, doesn’t it?”

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Posted Tue May 21, 2013 7:44 pm by qcipher

Alexei is listening with a strange smirk on his face and after the end of the description he just shakes his head. “I need to study more.”

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Posted Tue May 21, 2013 9:00 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

qcipher wrote:Alexei is listening with a strange smirk on his face and after the end of the description he just shakes his head. “I need to study more.”

Fiona opens her mouth to say something, catches herself, and contents herself with a cheeky smile.

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Posted Fri May 24, 2013 12:20 pm by Jonathan.Link

((I’m going to bump/reset the scene… I’m not sure if this has stalled because of inability to post, or confusion on what’s going on. Gerg, are you going to come back with Tranquillina, after not being able to observe anyone outside Cumhachd’s villa? Come back to Apollodorus’s sanctum and discuss things with the other magi, or shall we end it here?))

The magi have assembled outside or within Apollodorus’ sanctum, Alexei has discovered and reported that Cumhachd, apparently, has paralyzed Junior and Brionne, and also absconded with Apollodorus’s Book of Control. And Korvin and Fiona both figure that Cumhachd could/should be close by, but has the capability of casting at least 12th magnitude Corpus spells, based on the power of the Aegis, and coupled with the magnitude of spells necessary to transport someone at R:Arc to themselves, which she did with Loys.

What I’m wanting to know if anyone is going to attempt to intercept Cumhachd before she leaves, since the magi reasonably believe she shouldn’t be more than a few minutes ahead of them…

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Posted Fri May 24, 2013 2:25 pm by qcipher

((Crossing fingers, hoping that the site actually works))

Alexei speaks up. “It is my duty, not just here in Mons Elect, but for the Order in Normandy. I wasn’t elected to be Chief Hoplite for my stunning good looks. If she might be nearby, I will follow her. Donner!” he says and holds the note in her handwriting to his muzzle. The big dog snuffles and sniffs at the paper for a few seconds and then licks his chops before looking at Alexei. “Does anyone else have ideas on where she might be now before I leave?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 3:24 pm by gerg

((Although this can be changed if the story warrants it, Tranquillina has sort of committed to not going to Apollodorus’s chamber; nor is she planning on chasing down Cumhachd (she understands why Cumhachd took the books, and can presumably find them anytime. Especially if Alexei et al. are chasing her, I think we can leave Tranquillina out … but I’m willing to be persuaded otherwise.
Also, cunningrat, don’t know if you might have missed this post while you were out of action for a few days.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 3:32 pm by Jonathan.Link

((Whatever you choose is fine, gerg. I just wanted to be clear.))

Alexei can have an AC to the front entrance of the Tribunal city, which is still a bit away from the villa Cumhachd appropriated. If he tries to run/walk there, it’l take 10-20 minutes or so, and one can presume that she will definitely be long gone…

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Posted Fri May 24, 2013 4:08 pm by qcipher

Alexei looks down at Donner. “Stay…you are not ready yet and very dear to me. I have not finished the enchantments yet. Stay.” With that he crosses himself and disappears to reappear at the front of the Tribunal city.

((Can we say Alexei buffed up while they were waiting outside the chamber? If not, that’s OK, she can blast through his armour anyway, but just to be prepared is all))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 4:29 pm by Jonathan.Link

This is probably one of those things where every moment counts, but Alexei Alexei hasn’t learned that lesson from The Antiquities Road Show. I’ll let you play it how you want it, but I can say it’s reasonable that Korvin, Jacques, or Fiona would have suggested that time is of the essence. Every moment taken to prepare improves the chance that Alexei arrives too late.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 4:34 pm by qcipher

Jonathan.Link wrote:This is probably one of those things where every moment counts, but Alexei Alexei hasn’t learned that lesson from The Antiquities Road Show. I’ll let you play it how you want it, but I can say it’s reasonable that Korvin, Jacques, or Fiona would have suggested that time is of the essence. Every moment taken to prepare improves the chance that Alexei arrives too late.

((I just wasn’t certain how much time was spent up to this point, if he hadn’t buffed then it’s too late and he’s on his way. Alexei knows that the armour wouldn’t stop a Corpus spell though. He does have another defense…))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 5:02 pm by Jonathan.Link

Alexei arrives outside Cumhachd’s villa and then…

Mind you, you can be prepared as you like. Alexei wasn’t prepared when going off to the library, and the Apollodorus’ chambers…

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 5:12 pm by qcipher

((Exactly, and his preparations wouldn’t help against the type of offense that she has, but he does have a spell that could make him immune to a bunch of her spells, she’d have to compensate for it and her magic would be weaker.))

Once he appears he looks around briefly before casting a spell on himself.

((Assume the stature of the Giants of Eld. It makes him Size +3, he can’t be targetted by any Corpus spell that doesn’t take into account his larger size. It only lasts for a Diamete though I believe))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 5:25 pm by Jonathan.Link

Crickets.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 6:05 pm by qcipher

Alexei takes a deep breath and reaches down to knock on the door.

“Cumhachd!” he announces firmly, though not likely with good pronunciation. “I am Alexei von Kroitsau, Chief Hoplite of Normandy, if you are within, then come out. I must speak with you about your recent actions in my Covenant. Upon my honour you will be treated fairly and given a chance to explain yourself.”

((Is there a prominent Sanctum marker on the door or the cottage?))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 6:35 pm by Jonathan.Link

No, no sanctum marker. Of course, Alexei is too big to enter the villa. Cumhachd opens the door. And then she laughs when she gets a good look at Alexei. But then she switches gears, “Were you present when Tranquillina attacked my apprentice, after he delivered payment for borrowing the books?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 6:57 pm by qcipher

Alexei raises an eyebrow; he heard something had occurred but not what had actually happened. But he leans down to address her, keeping a civil tone.

“No, I was not present for any actions like that. I was searching for you at that time on the reports that you had stolen books from our libraries. Though I did hear that some vis was left.” he takes a deep breath. “And I saw the grogs that were paralyzed by spells you cast on them, presumably to gain entrance to our library and other chambers that you were not supposed to have access to. Cumhachd…I’m sure there is a goal, perhaps a game you are playing with some of the magi here. But there are games and there is lawlessness. I don’t come here flippantly, I know both some of the things you did…and I have a good idea of the great power you wield. Let us talk civilly and sort this out. And if crimes were committed against you or your apprentice…then we can sort that out as well.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 7:27 pm by Jonathan.Link

((The timing of events suggests that Alexei could very well have been present when Tranquillina cast the spell on Loys, because Loys was still there when Alexandria reported the theft. If, and only if Alexei had disappeared before that time, he would have gone to Apollodorus’ sanctum as Korvin had originally asked. So, I’m leaning towards Alexei was there when Tranquillina cast the spell, unless you can be persuasive otherwise, it makes the timing of things too wonky.))

“Oh, I have been civil, Alexei. It is your sodalis who has not been civil. Your grogs were subdued, nothing more. I could have crossed the ward Tranquillina had placed against mundanes, leaving them just as unable to act against me. I’m leaving now, Alexei, but I will return. Were I in your shoes, I wouldn’t try coming after me. Your authority begins and ends with enemies of the Order, renounced magi and magae. I am neither. The last thing you want to do is make me your enemy.”

She turns into the house and says, “We are leaving, Loys.” And then looking up the sky, somewhere around Alexei, but not at Alexei, “My friend, I could use your assistance one more time, if you can see to Loys and my lab, I will see to myself.” Nearly as soon as she says that Alexei feels the air rushing into the villa, as if a lot of material has been suddenly displaced from within it. Cumhachd is still standing there, just inside the doorway, “Goodbye, Alexei. Follow me at your own risk.”

Alexei can try to stop her from leaving, but it’s not likely.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 8:15 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

qcipher wrote:((Crossing fingers, hoping that the site actually works))

Alexei speaks up. “It is my duty, not just here in Mons Elect, but for the Order in Normandy. I wasn’t elected to be Chief Hoplite for my stunning good looks. If she might be nearby, I will follow her. Donner!” he says and holds the note in her handwriting to his muzzle. The big dog snuffles and sniffs at the paper for a few seconds and then licks his chops before looking at Alexei. “Does anyone else have ideas on where she might be now before I leave?”

“If she’s not at the villa, then she would have returned to wherever she calls home now,” Fiona says.

After Alexei leaves, Fiona stands there for a moment or two. “I’ll be back,” she says before she leaves.

She then casts a spontaneous Muto Corpus 1 spell to give herself the tracking ability of a bloodhound and goes to find Tranquillina, softly singing “You and me, baby, ain’t nothin’ but mammals.”
1Base 2, “change someone to give them a minor ability”, R: Personal, D: Sun +2, T: Individual, for a target level of 4. CT is Sta 3 + Mu 17 + Co 15 + Aura 5 + Talisman 3 = 40 ÷ 5 = 8, easily castable without fatigue.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 9:19 pm by gerg

((Probably one should ask for a Hunt roll or something like that, particularly as she was traveling on constructions rather than in the wild. But it’s more interesting if Fiona finds the trail, so….))

Regardless of whether Fiona goes back to the main library or to the council chamber, she quickly catches Tranquillina’s scent, probably only about 10 minutes old (not surprisingly). She follows her nose up the stairs to the highest level of the regio castle, emerging at the top of the structure’s highest watchtower. From here, one can keep an eye on the path leading to the mansion itself (there’s Fiona’s cottage, not too far away) and even make out the Tribunal village across the long stone bridge; one can also see nearly to the top of the mountain, or crane one’s neck and spot a little bit of the valley river far below.

When Fiona walks onto the floor of the watchtower, her quarry’s scent is still as strong as ever. But she does not see Tranquillina there – only one of the grogs, looking at Fiona.

((Make an Awareness roll and a Folk Ken roll. ))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 9:41 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:(there’s Fiona’s cottage, not too far away)

((Fiona’s cottage is easy to spot, even without the garden surrounding it on all sides. It’s got a vibrant, bright yellow roof so Moire can find it – she has No Direction Sense.))

gerg wrote:When Fiona walks onto the floor of the watchtower, her quarry’s scent is still as strong as ever. But she does not see Tranquillina there – only one of the grogs, looking at Fiona.

((Make an Awareness roll and a Folk Ken roll. ))

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

Folk Ken: Per 0 + Folk Ken 1 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 9) 18 = 19. 20 if it’s a maga.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 10:02 pm by qcipher

((The timing of events suggests that Alexei could very well have been present when Tranquillina cast the spell on Loys, because Loys was still there when Alexandria reported the theft. If, and only if Alexei had disappeared before that time, he would have gone to Apollodorus’ sanctum as Korvin had originally asked. So, I’m leaning towards Alexei was there when Tranquillina cast the spell, unless you can be persuasive otherwise, it makes the timing of things too wonky.))

((The post where Alexei leaves the council room and heads for the library came after Loys was in, it’s the last post on page 25 of this thread, the spell cast on Loys was page 26, so it was a matter of moments, or perhaps simultaneous, plus he could have heard about it. That’s all I can say about it, that was smack in the midst of the problems with the website so my posting was quite wonky. It’s not necessary for Alexei to argue it…he’s also rather oblivious))

“Cumhachd. Cumhachd! Don’t leave! Not like this, I don’t want to be your enemy! Do not leave, let us settle affairs peaceably, it will not end just by leaving.”

((Not going to interpose or physically try to stop her, just want to try and settle this before she leaves. Alexei knows there’s more to this than he’s aware of and she’s right, he can’t just attack her))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 10:11 pm by Jonathan.Link

“Oh, dear boy. I’ve achieved everything I want and more.” And with that she disappears.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 11:00 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:((Fiona’s cottage is easy to spot, even without the garden surrounding it on all sides. It’s got a vibrant, bright yellow roof so Moire can find it – she has No Direction Sense.))

((did not know that … noted!))

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Awareness: Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 9 = 12.
Folk Ken: Per 0 + Folk Ken 1 + (die roll of 1, followed by a die roll of 9) 18 = 19. 20 if it’s a maga.

Well, it’s as plan as the nose on the grog’s face that he’s trying to hide some knowledge from Fiona. Even without that clue, though, Fiona probably would have noticed a shadow lying along the base of one of the walls. While elongated by the late sun, it is definitely not the shadow of a pillar or any part of the building – too unevenly shaped, almost organic; strangely, the spot from which the shadow emanates does not contain anything visible that might be casting the shadow.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Fri May 24, 2013 11:29 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona stands by the grog for a moment, looking out toward the tribunal village, then whispers “Perhaps you should keep watch over the valley for a few minutes.”

Assuming he has the sense God gave a goose and leaves, Fiona goes and sits on the ground near where the shadow’s feet seem to be, not acknowledging that she’s seen anything.

Once she’s gotten herself comfortable, she watches the sunset. “Let’s talk about it,” she says in a conversational tone.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 1:45 am by gerg

Fortunately the sunset isn’t so imminent that anyone is in danger of having their Parma Magica lapse. The grog honks himself away to the far side of the platform, and Fiona and the shadow share a moment of silence before her invitation to talk.

“What’s there to talk about?” Tranquillina’s voice manifests, speaking Gaelic. She sounds upset, to be sure, but sort of a latent and broadly-based distress, rather than upset specifically at Fiona. “I warned everyone that that scheming shrew was here to cause us harm, and it didn’t take her long to prove me right. I wouldn’t be surprised if she found a way for that golden vis to comprise a trap of some sort….” Two shadowy arms separate from the main umbra, gesturing momentarily on the floor in a manner impossible to interpret. “What was found in Apollodorus’s sanctum?”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 10:10 am by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:“What’s there to talk about?” Tranquillina’s voice manifests, speaking Gaelic. She sounds upset, to be sure, but sort of a latent and broadly-based distress, rather than upset specifically at Fiona. “I warned everyone that that scheming shrew was here to cause us harm, and it didn’t take her long to prove me right. I wouldn’t be surprised if she found a way for that golden vis to comprise a trap of some sort….” Two shadowy arms separate from the main umbra, gesturing momentarily on the floor in a manner impossible to interpret.
“Yes…that could have been handled better, by all concerned. For my part, I apologize for not taking your concerns more seriously. I mistook your…lack of a cogent argument for a groundless one. Perhaps that was what she intended, that she knew that her presence here would throw you into a tizzy. On the other hand…she is a Tytalus, and I can only hope that this conflict will make you, and us, stronger. It seems to me that she has pointed out some weaknesses that need to be addressed before the storm hits. And you are right, although I’m not sure what you expect to find when we examine the vis for…a trap of some kind.”

Fiona shifts to look at where she thinks Tranquillina’s face is. “But that still doesn’t explain, or excuse, what happened with Loys. Did she somehow know that Loys was Gifted before she came? I don’t remember you ever mentioning it to any of us. And it must have been one hell of a row for him to leave your bed for her lab. But after what you did to him in the Council Chambers…it’s going to be very awkward, for both of you, if and when you decide to claim him back. What were you thinking?” The last isn’t said in an accusatory tone, but merely curious.

gerg wrote:“What was found in Apollodorus’s sanctum?”

“The better question is what wasn’t found: Apollodorus’s Control.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 2:25 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“The better question is what wasn’t found: Apollodorus’s Control.”

Even though it’s not very impressive for a shadow to be grimly silent – that’s pretty much their default mode – it is nevertheless appropriate here: Tranquillina’s shadow takes the news with grim silence.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:“Yes…that could have been handled better, by all concerned. For my part, I apologize for not taking your concerns more seriously. I mistook your…lack of a cogent argument for a groundless one. Perhaps that was what she intended, that she knew that her presence here would throw you into a tizzy. On the other hand…she is a Tytalus, and I can only hope that this conflict will make you, and us, stronger. It seems to me that she has pointed out some weaknesses that need to be addressed before the storm hits. And you are right, although I’m not sure what you expect to find when we examine the vis for…a trap of some kind.”

The shadow rotates along its axis, and Tranquillina’s voice seems to be aimed more directly at Fiona. “You have got to be kidding me!” she exclaims with unexpected force. “Have you been supernaturally transformed into a Tytalus golem-servant of some sort? Or did you fail to shield your mind from the cloying lies she tells people eager for a good story? ‘Oh yes, Merchant Captain, I killed your crew and plundered your cargo hold, but it was friendly, see, I just was pointing out weaknesses. Wouldn’t want you to get pirated!’” A final snort acts as punctuation.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona shifts to look at where she thinks Tranquillina’s face is. “But that still doesn’t explain, or excuse, what happened with Loys. Did she somehow know that Loys was Gifted before she came? I don’t remember you ever mentioning it to any of us. And it must have been one hell of a row for him to leave your bed for her lab. But after what you did to him in the Council Chambers…it’s going to be very awkward, for both of you, if and when you decide to claim him back. What were you thinking?” The last isn’t said in an accusatory tone, but merely curious.

“Why in the name of the Founders would I claim that boy back?” the voice continues, as the shadow puts a hand to its head. “Even before he betrayed this covenant, he decided to abandon the duties in my laboratory completely, without notice, on his own whim. A tool that doesn’t serve its purpose is of no use to me. Not even the vilest creature truly deserves a lifetime with Cumhachd the hag, but he comes close.” The profile of a face appears on the side of the shadow’s head, as it looks over its shoulder. “And his duties were all in my laboratory, not my private chambers. Although your assumption surprises me not in the least.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 3:01 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

gerg wrote:The shadow rotates along its axis, and Tranquillina’s voice seems to be aimed more directly at Fiona. “You have got to be kidding me!” she exclaims with unexpected force. “Have you been supernaturally transformed into a Tytalus golem-servant of some sort? Or did you fail to shield your mind from the cloying lies she tells people eager for a good story? ‘Oh yes, Merchant Captain, I killed your crew and plundered your cargo hold, but it was friendly, see, I just was pointing out weaknesses. Wouldn’t want you to get pirated!’” A final snort acts as punctuation.

Fiona sighs. “Maybe I’m naïve. I’m just trying to figure out what happened, and why. I’m wondering why she would come all the way here, drive you to distraction, gift the rest of us with bribes or well-thought-out gifts, however you want to describe them, and make enemies of an entire covenant – including the Tribunal’s chief hoplite – just for a book. I can’t believe that Control is the finest book on Rego in the whole Order. It doesn’t add up…not to me, anyway. And I don’t think she came for the book and Loys. The only one who would have known he was Gifted was you, and I think it’s safe to say you didn’t tell her.”

gerg wrote:The profile of a face appears on the side of the shadow’s head, as it looks over its shoulder. “And his duties were all in my laboratory, not my private chambers. Although your assumption surprises me not in the least.”

Fiona looks surprised. “That does clear up a couple of things. Although I’m surprised, given the way he obviously felt about you. It’s not how I would have handled working with a Gifted individual who was in love with me, but…” Fiona shrugs. “Oh, and that wasn’t merely my assumption. That was also the assumption of about half the covenant, from what I hear.”

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 4:00 pm by gerg

The gradually lengthening shadow stays still and silent for a while. Invisibly, Tranquillina tries to collect herself a little bit: she sent a pretty good volley of wounded anger at Fiona, and the giantess absorbed it all without firing back. Of course she can’t say anything about the agreement she and Cumhachd struck, the escalating cycle of hostility with Bilera’s death as its goal. And she’s definitely not going to admit that she didn’t know Loys was Gifted. (Fiona’s assertion that Loys was in love with Tranquillina actually doesn’t sink in until much later in the evening.) So it’s hard to find something relevant to talk about.

Finally, she offers a weary comment. “Fiona … you might have to just trust my judgment a little bit. I’m not completely …” She leaves the sentence dangling unfinished.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 4:44 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

Fiona smiles, and in spite of everything that’s gone on the past couple of days, it still seems warm and friendly, the crow’s feet wrinkling at the corners of her eyes.

“I know. I was just surprised at everything that’s happened. It’s been…an interesting couple of days. And none of us, I think are exactly what we seem. We just have to believe in each other, or else none of this,” she waves a hand to encompass the entire covenant, “means a thing.”

Fiona will sit silently and watch the sunset. “This is very beautiful, up here,” she ventures at one point. “I’ll have to remember this spot.”

She waits until after the sun sets to perform her Parma ritual, then gets to her feet.“I’m going down to get something warm inside me,” she says. “Are you going to stay up here, or are you headed home?”

She smiles at the guard and gives him a wink as she heads toward the stairs and goes back to her cottage.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 5:20 pm by qcipher

Alexei heaves a sigh as he looks about him, the mess of her departure and picks through the debris and scattered materials, seeing if there’s anything left. After about a minute the spell wears off and he shrinks back to normal. Not finding anything in particular he waits at the site so as not to leave it unguarded for clues.

((Most likely he’ll be here for a bit, I just don’t want to leave the scene unguarded. He’ll poke around until he’s relieved and/or others arrive.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 6:42 pm by Jonathan.Link

((There isn’t any debris or wreckage.))
After the spell expires, Alexei goes into the villa, finds it empty and as clean as a whistle.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 6:55 pm by qcipher

((Oh ok, for some reason I had pictured a kind of blast off or something))

Once the villa was determined to be clean at least to his eyes, Alexei returns to the covenant, the meeting hall and from there heads to Apollodorus’s chambers.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 7:28 pm by gerg

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona smiles, and in spite of everything that’s gone on the past couple of days, it still seems warm and friendly, the crow’s feet wrinkling at the corners of her eyes. “I know. I was just surprised at everything that’s happened. It’s been…an interesting couple of days. And none of us, I think are exactly what we seem. We just have to believe in each other, or else none of this,” she waves a hand to encompass the entire covenant, “means a thing.”

“Hmm,” Tranquillina’s voice murmurs. It’s possible that her shadow’s head nods up and down slightly. Then it inclines upward, as if it is trying to see up over the low tower wall to the landscape beyond.

Peregrine_Bjornaer wrote:Fiona will sit silently and watch the sunset. “This is very beautiful, up here,” she ventures at one point. “I’ll have to remember this spot.”

“It’s pretty, aye; also, truly a good spot for watching the surroundings.” The shadow, its head still inclined, leans forward a little. “Speaking of believing in one another: I have something I need to do. Fare ye well, friend. We can decide tomorrow what to do about the stolen books.” The unanticipated feeling of a hand patting Fiona’s shoulder startles her greatly. A few seconds later, the shadow disappears, a light breeze passing Fiona towards the corner where its feet were.

((Sorry to negate your version: Tranquillina stayed up there about 15 minutes total, but needed to leave before sunset. You can make an Awareness roll to see if Fiona spots the reason Tranquillina left at that particular moment; but it’s going to be a pretty high EF – Tranquillina has the advantage of Eyes of the Eagle at the moment.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Sat May 25, 2013 7:40 pm by Peregrine_Bjornaer

((Probably not going to happen, but it’s worth a shot. Per 0 + Awareness 3 + die roll of 8 = 11.))

Fiona doesn’t quite start at Tranquillina’s touch, but she does frown after her leaving, thinking that her farewell sounded somewhat final, in a way. She continues to watch the sun set, wondering idly who she should share this vista with; her mind keeps coming back to Korvin, for some reason, and she determines to drag him up here at the next opportunity.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 7:51 pm by gerg

(Grrr, been able to read posts, somewhat, but this is the first time the replier page has loaded in a while….))
((cunningrat is still busy and we have a scene to play out the night of Cumhachd’s theft/departure. But to keep something moving, I’ll timey-wime….))

The next morning, after raising her Parma and breaking her fast, Tranquillina retrieves Loys’s lock of hair from her laboratory and goes to the Princeps’s office, hopefully not disturbing anyone working therein. She finds a small map of Europe, hopefully no larger than a large folio page, and places it on a desk in front of her. She then casts The Inexorable Search in dramatic fashion, slowly moving her fingers back and forth across the face of the map. She’s hoping to learn which Tribunal Loys is in, at least, perhaps even a quarter-area of a Tribunal or so.

((Hopefully Cumhachd won’t be covering Loys with her Parma – it’s not necessary for social reasons, at least, since they’re both Gently Gifted. I’m not expecting them to be within an Aegis either. Still, here’s the penetration calculation.
Sta -3 + In 6 + Co 29 + Mastery 1 + Talisman attunement (Corpus) 3 + words/gestures 2 + aura 5 + stress die 9 = 52.
Penetration is 52 – spell level 20 + bonus (Penetration 2 + Mastery 1) * (1 + lock of hair 3 + name 1) = 47.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 8:09 pm by Jonathan.Link

Tranquillina cannot detect Loys. She feels that the penetration should be more than sufficient, but even then, it’s apparently not enough.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 8:14 pm by Marko Markoko

I have let a lot of things slide in this story thread too, and I apologize.
Roberto lets Alexi chase after CrubleHatch while he focuses on helping Junior and Brionne (Junior first)
PeVi15 Thwarting the Thaumaturgical Threat:
R: Voice, D: Mom, T: Ind
Similar to Winds of Mundane Silence, but scaled down to affect a single spell (even if it is of momentary duration). This will counter or cancel a spell if your roll of a SD + (Level + 10) equals or exceeds twice the level of the opposing spell. For this version (Level 15), the roll is a SD +25 versus an ease factor of twice the level of the opposing spell. Countering another spell as it is being cast requires a successful Fast Cast roll, and thus requires Mastery of the spell and choosing the Fast Cast ability. Canceling an existing spell uses normal Initiative, and no Mastery is required.
(Base 5, +2 Voice)

1d10=8, plus 11 (Sta +1, Pe5, Vi3, Mastery 2), and aura 5, =24
Then the follow up (against level unknown, but I am guessing 20ish)
1d10=9, +25 = 34, plus two confidence points equals 40.
did that work?

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 9:05 pm by Jonathan.Link

((No it’s not enough, no confidence spent.))

I subtly indicated the level above when I said Brionne received a warping point, but Junior did not. They are 30th and 25th level respectively. It’s not too long until sunset before the spell wears off, no more than an hour or two before the magi arrive on the scene.

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 10:52 pm by gerg

Jonathan.Link wrote:Tranquillina cannot detect Loys. She feels that the penetration should be more than sufficient, but even then, it’s apparently not enough.

She frowns after an hour of fruitless searching on the map. The power behind her Search should have been enough to overcome any Aegis – certainly their own, for example. And it’s unlikely that Cumhachd’s Parma Magica was developed to the point where it could have rebuffed the spell, even if Tranquillina had cast it on her … so, enough to be shared with Loys? It seemed unlikely.

After a couple of minutes, an idea occurs to Tranquillina that brings along with it a sinking feeling. ((Since her player read this discussion, I want to make a roll to see if she gets this idea. Of course it’s a roll she’s really good at…. Int 3 + Magic Theory 9 + stress die 6 = 18 should do it.)) She spontanously casts The Whole from the Part on the lock of hair to see whether it is still serving as an Arcane Connection to Loys. ((In this aura, she can spont the level 20 InCo spell as long as I check that she doesn’t botch.))

Re: 1228.4 The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Posted Mon May 27, 2013 11:03 pm by Jonathan.Link

She sees the image of Loy’s, so can presume it is an active AC.
The MT roll, as concerning Loy’s though suggests that Cumhachd needs a lab to effectively open Loy’s Arts, in order to retain his Gentle Gift. So being under the protection of an Aegis isn’t unreasonable…

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