Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Alberich » December 10th, 2017, 7:07 am

[OOC: I don't mind a bit the slow pace. Busy time for me, too--in fact, I wouldn't have been able to write all week even if Jack had been free. If only the three of us are playing, what matter? The sword quest is, after all, Jade's (and I hope she can remain at the center of it); if you want another thread with other characters for other tales that move faster, it would be easy to start one or even branch it off from this one--I would be glad to create a new character if you have something in mind. Eve's poised to be part of the "Contest of Miseries" thread, but I haven't revived it yet, in part because Jack's been too busy to post much even in this one, and I am happy to wait.]

It was a night for gardening activities of one kind and another. And not so long before, a certain gardener was conducting a frustrating sort of interrogation. The speaker had urgently requested the meeting. And now that he was here, he seemed extremely reluctant to tell anything. He was senior Eisenfaust...senior in years, if not in current authority.

"Waaal, sir, I mean this comes from the old days. A while back, a heh heh, so far back, hardly seems to matter really...."

"If it's worth tearing me out of bed for, it's worth telling me what it is."

"Waaaaaallll, sir, it's about that place called Ester, used to control it, you know, probably half forgotten about it by now, heh heh...."

"Yes, Wallace, I know. You were our last governor there. It's Falkenrohr territory now, and it's staying that way." It wasn't really Wallace's concern, but the Gewehr seemed intensely jealous of another large group controlling the place, Jones had always assumed over something to do with toll revenues. The final "diplomatic" solution had been to let these minor-leaguers hold the place...and no one else was to disturb them, or ally with them.

"Waaaa..." -- Jones was starting to glare at those "waaaaal"s (was this man's nickname "Waaal-ass?");' Wallace cut it off. "There's something I didn't exactly tell you back at that time, sort of a local affair, not really need to trouble anyone with it, place ran pretty smoothly and all..."

Jones was fantasizing about putting this oldster to work as a manure spreader (a role currently held by a junior priest being punished for his part in an attempted "smiting" of heathens...a distinctly undiplomatic act in a town where the Church was not dominant). It would not be so far from what he was doing now.

"...but there's woods near there. Mushroom woods. And there's this kind of local tradition that you just don't go there. And waa....aaah, you know, sometimes there's good reasons for a tradition like that..."

There was a good deal more like that. Jones was fantasizing about putting Jones to work for a manure spreader...in the role of the fertilizer. But eventually he got the truth out of him:

(1) There was some kind of wizardly presence in the woods, and it had dealings with whoever ruled Ester. Part of those dealings was encouraging the local governor not to let anyone know the dealings were going on. (Including, as in Wallace's case, the local ruler's own bosses.) Another part was to strongly discourage strangers from going into the woods at all.

(2) This same presence seemed to have a good bit of localized power and even wealth, though sometimes in very strange forms. It did not want to trade openly in town, only rarely bought supplies with the governor's knowledge, and was not a significant source of revenue. But things went well when it was kept informed of events but otherwise left alone. And they went not-well when it wasn't. So much better to just stay away from it. (Although Wallace's knowledge of Ester before his own time had always been limited, and some of it was fading, he had a notion that the Gewehr and Waffenbruderschaft had controlled the town at different times, and made similar arrangements. He assumed the Falkenrohr chief was in the same position...dealing with it, but keeping quiet about it.)

(3) Now, it seemed, Elke...who's paid a visit to Ester and taken some kind of interest in the Mushroom Woods on her own...was behind some kind of effort to do some airship exploring in a place that really didn't need exploring. (And how old Wallace had learned that might take more time to learn than it was worth.) And wasn't there some kind of, ahhhh, fail-safe to call it off?

It would not have done Wallace's heart any good to know that the airship was approaching an area where crystal ball signals didn't work...
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Jack Rothwell » December 10th, 2017, 3:21 pm

OOC Sorry guys, I'll have to put this on hold for a while. Things have gotten hectic irl atm and I don't know when I'll be free to continue. /OOC
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Alberich » December 10th, 2017, 7:18 pm

[OOC: Understood, mate. It's good to be busy. If you would, just drop me a PM when/if you are free to play again, since that gives me an email alert. Grey - I mean to leave this adventure here 'til later, it being Jade's and all, but am up for others with other characters in other threads if you feel the inspiration - just let me know.]
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Graybeard » December 11th, 2017, 12:43 am

OOC, in haste: I'm good with suspending this until JR comes up for air again. Let me think about the idea of a different thread to tie up other loose ends. As noted earlier, no need for that with Sister Rose, nor really with Layla. Some things do need finishing-up with Therese, but that's hard to do without Drusia. Want to take a shot at something with Tim? I had a bunch of things in mind in Clovius that we never really got to.
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Alberich » December 11th, 2017, 4:48 am

[OOC: Be glad to! If so, I suggest he get a little time skip...enough to get ensconced in the community and out of Tovah's house. If Rose or one of your other Veracians reverted to PC mode, also, I'd be glad to create another Orthodox...maybe a Church Advocate...for a sparring partner. PM me whenever your muse strikes you.]
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Graybeard » December 20th, 2017, 1:03 pm

OOC, OK, then. Nothing for Rose, thanks -- again, she's the focus of a long-running fanfic I'm writing -- but for Tim, a parallel thread will get going soon after Christmas. Are you sure you don't want Tim to be in Tovah Dragonslayer's house? It's a great place for tale-telling and intrigue, after all. :twisted:

Let's not drop this one, though; still hoping that JR's life eases a bit so we can complete Jade's story.
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Re: Farrel- Vengeance in the Mushrooms Woods

Postby Alberich » December 21st, 2017, 11:11 am

[OOC: Agreed. And I'll look forward to it! Tim is very conscious of the need to maintain some degree of independence--not to mention the kind of talk that would result from sleeping every night under an unmarried woman's roof--so he would certainly get out of there as soon as he could, even if it meant taking very humble lodgings.]
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