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Old August 7, 2019, 10:17 PM   #31
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Rushnak paused his aggression long enough to see out the events Moss was orchestrating. He accepted the 25 crown toll, which went into his own purse, and turned his attention to the weak man before them in time to witness something quite frightening.

What was happening? Rushnak felt dizzy. Confusion clouded his mind. This man had been so bold only moments ago and now... had he defecated? Meekly moving on from the entire encounter, the man did not seem to be scared of the orc so much as something else coming over him.

The orc was uncomfortable with what just transpired, but allowed himself to think positively about the fact that the road block had removed itself. Even if the odor in his wake was unmistakeable by anybody.

Rushnak had questions for the Moss man, but understood that the timing was not right. They still needed to push into the city and get away from the gates. The guards posed a much more formidable threat than the weak well-to-do man and the pair would be wise to get moving.

Without needed a cue, the orc immediately pushed onward assuming they would be stopped if the guards felt it worth their while. They had, after all, just finished one performance and Rushnak hoped their energy had been too spent to pursue more legitimate concerns. Who knows how much more wealth they just gained off the merchant with the wagon. Certainly they would not risk losing their life so quickly after such a gain.
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Old August 20, 2019, 10:59 PM   #32
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Moss sent Rushnak a sideways glance when the orc pocketed his crowns, and the human hoped it was all just a part of the act. After all, he had no intentions of actually losing that much money, just to gain entrance to the city.

Perhaps he would need to educate his new companion on intimidation etiquette at a later time. Or, at least, explain the concept of teamwork...

Whether Rushnak intended to keep the money or not, however, the ploy worked well enough, and the man who had demanded payment refused to take it and wisely chose to make himself scarce.

Moss relaxed his grip on the hilt of his longsword and was content to see the orc moving towards the city. The human set about catching up, hoping that the guards would ignore their presence and focus their attention on easier financial pickings.

There shouldn't have been any cause for concern, the mystic decided, for he was not breaching any forms of protocol that he knew of, although the merchant's irrational fear of Rushnak was certainly a cause for minor concern.
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Old August 21, 2019, 06:12 AM   #33
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The duo were in luck. For whatever reason the guard were not interested in them even though they did warrant a glance. It appeared that what had transpired may have had something to do with what had happened as one of the guards at the gate called out to Moss

"You keep your pet under control you hear?" The guard cried out while making no attempt to interfere with their passage.

The orc would have a moment of time to ponder being called a pet as well as mysterious events beyond his comprehension passing only moments before.

Once inside Daltina the familiar trappings were all to apparent to Moss and perhaps all too new to Rushnag

They had entered the Maevewood gate that faced East toward the former prosperous province of Sheria. Over the eras since the fall of the province and with the decline in trade coming from the East as a result the already poor district had fallen into only worse times. It made the gate an entrance way for all sorts of travellers.

The merchants that Moss!and Rushnag had seen appeared to be making their way to some distant point beyond the extant of the district they were currently in but one or two appeared to make their way down further into the docks that Moss could see to their Southwest.

At the gate itself was an inn that looked as though it just barely qualified as being better than a tent. The woodwork of the tavern was in ready need of repair with missing nails and rusted nails keeping the shop front together just barely. The sign that gave the tavern's name had worn through long ago and only the wooden shield hanging from only one of its fixtures and turned in its side showed that it was a place for food, drink and accommodation. The stables next to it had uncleared excrement from horses that had long since congealed and dried to the point that Moss was almost certain that he could see moss already growing on it.

Rushnag was treated in addition to the sight a much more vivid experience of the smells. Sweat of every kind of species made its way out of the tavern door to assault his nose including that of his own kind and it mixed with the smells of urine, alcohol and excrement of every variety.

It was clear from the shared experience that it was a den of I'll repair yet they could still see grubby and greasy patrons making their way into the condemnable building.

The docks showed more life. Though the port was quiet and had been for a very long time, the ill fortune of aelyria had not been enough to shut down trade entirely. Ships were still docked and cranes still loaded and unloaded the shipping for Moss and Rushnag to see. There were at least 3 ships from a small outdated little caravel to a great 3 masted fluyt that lay there ready and waiting. The last ship was armed to the brim and flew the flag of the imperial Navy. Officers and crew could be seen going about their business from their vantage point from the Maevewood gate.

Near the entrance way was an old and worn stone that provided a list of locations. There was no guarantee that they still were as the list provided but the list of locations with directions of how to get there remained:
  • Potter's Field
    The Chapel of Diana
    The Cheapside Market
    The Maevewood Gate (You are Here!)
    Mrs. Wainthrop's Boarding House
    The Tower of the Caretakers
    Zach's Herb Garden
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Old September 9, 2019, 07:27 PM   #34
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Moss sent a cold and hard gaze in the direction of the guard who had called out to him. His expression was stoic, and he neither smiled nor scowled, though he did wonder if the man had a death wish. Whatever Rushnak might have lacked in an understanding of social decorum, he more than made up for with sheer might, and the mystic could imagine his green-skinned companion making short work of the soldier.

That would not suit their needs, of course, and so the blond's next glance was to the orc, ready to urge the creature resist his natural impulses for the sake of gaining access to the city.

Once inside, the first thing that Moss noticed was the smell. The refreshing scent of salty air that had greeted him as he'd neared the coast was replaced by sweat and faeces, both human and equine in origin. The open road was never tainted in such a way, and he wondered what Rushnak might make of it.

He took a moment to look around, and though the tavern held some interest, he wondered what the pair might find down at the docks. There might even be the prospect of honest work for the orc, whose bulk and strength would probably be appreciated with the loading and unloading of heavy crates.

First things first, however. Before they went anywhere, he turned to the hulking figure next to him.

"Well, now we're inside the city, you can give me back my money."

He held out a gloved hand, a tentative smile upon his features. If they were to find any success together, trust would first need to be earned.
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Old September 19, 2019, 11:30 AM   #35
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Rushnak understood strategy to a degree, considering his clan upbringing and orkish way of life. He knew they had gained entrance to the city and that the first objective having been accomplished did not mean they should risk losing it again. The guard, hiding behind distance, armor, and the general public, made a fleeting insult that the orc decided to ignore with a little encouragement from his companion. He noted the guard's appearance and face, however, in case a future opportunity presented itself.

The city presented itself for inspection. Rushnak slowly took in the sights and sounds while the smells forced itself upon his nostrils. It was an interesting mix, unequal parts pleasant and unique versus dank and familiar. He supposed this combination should not be a surprise as the sheer number of people contained in this area lent itself to such a mixture.

The should-be condemned inn or tavern near the pair could provide easy pickings from drunk or weak targets. However it also meant more of a commotion and not much room to maneuver. If anything went wrong within those walls the only option would be a fight until they could escape the walls or even the city. The docks, on the other hand, presented many more options. Rushnak had never been around ships or docks this closely. He had only witnessed vessels perched upon the horizon seemingly remaining perfectly still. This option interested him.

The orc turned to see if his Moss friend was on the same page. Upon being asked to return the money, Rushnak paused. Had it not just been given to him? To be fair, the orc understood the ruse, but had hoped his new companion would have presented other terms such as splitting it. Fair is only fair. But this decision would need to be made carefully. Rushnak was out of his element, to say the least, and would rely on Moss to guide them through this encounter.

Slowly handing the previously used prop back to Moss, the orc replied, "Pay you for services." Perhaps the man would find it amusing, to seemingly get paid with his own money to guide this creature. That would be fine, but Rushnak wanted to make sure the point was not lost that he was interested in gaining more of this currency-and holding onto it.

Rushnak finally looked away from Moss and toward the docks. His interest had been captured. He looked for an indication they were on the same wave length and continued that direction to explore the unknown and search for an advantage.
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Old September 23, 2019, 05:41 AM   #36
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The duo chose the docks for their escapades. A place of salty sea air, industry, crates, cranes and noisy forepersoms screaming directions to keep the ships loading and unloading quickly. The town may be in decline and the docks may not be full but stevedores and sailors were not cut any slack. This was business.

Despite not being full, carts were still coming in and out of the docks at a rapid pace. Horses, mules and oxen pulled many a cart loaded to full capacity. They mostly when North through the town destined for the heart of the empire. None came in the direction of Moss and Rushnag. To the East of the duo, afterall, was wilderness and orc infested territories. Not much trade to be had in that direction.

Though Moss may have been familiar with docks and young urchins diving into the water Daltina's dock was only of cursory similarities to the jewel of the South. This was far more businesslike, this port, and the building a here were far less cosmopolitan and far more utilitarian. Warehouses lined the streets named with a variety of businesses such as:

Bogart's supplies co.
Mid imperial co
De Lellys imperial shipping co
Daltinan shipping and freight co
Denim & Sons

Respectable names atop of buildings that were respectable enough. Buuldings that looked far more sturdy than the rundown tavern that had beckoned at the gate.

Among the docks were other taverns that were rundown but they at least looked alive. The Cockeral's nest, with a name that left little to the imagination, had a ruckus of sea shanties carrying their off melody to an accordion and the smell of beer pierced through the salty ocean smell in the still air of the day particularly noticeable to Rushnag who, perhaps, had not been as well accustomed to the smells of human and Dwarven ales.

The Naughty Vixenlooked a little more well to do and by the looks of the apparel of those who went in it appeared that officers, perhaps midshipmen and those of a similar social class, frequented there. The paint didn't even look that old on this well kept establishment. Wherever the captain's and senior officers went it was apparent it wasn't the docks as the tavern for the midshipmen was the best building on the street.

Upon the docks itself between the labourers and workers was not a single town guard in sight. Though where the official colours were missing it was evident that there were many strong security staff everywhere on the street. Not a single warehouse was unguarded as goods were loaded in and out. The men were fitted out with truncheon, clubs and swords and armour and gambesons that while bore no mark of knighthood indicated they were going to be tough to overcome by force.

Upon the street there were beggars, albeit only 2. The docks may have presented foot traffick and safety from town guards but the area also was frequented by people busy working not lollygaggers. The two on this street looked as beggars typically did. Dirty, undernourished and all but forgotten by society. One was a Katta with patches of fur missing due to some kind of skin condition and the other a human with patches of hair missing due to some kind of skin condition. Coincidence? Each had a few coin and to take it from them would be a simple relatively risk free endeavour.

A few desks were set up undercover. Here a sort of clerk worked and appeared to be counting something and writing notes as goods were loaded or unloaded from the ships.

Activity of some sort were upon every ship bar one on the far side of the dock. With straining eyes on the small vessel with damaged rigging, perhaps a type of sloop, in need of repair was the name the "Black Bessie". It looked abandoned with no one atop the deck or the outside. What secrets it might have were unknown yet despite it appearing abandoned none appeared to be the adventurin' sort to go and try and board it.
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Old October 20, 2019, 03:04 PM   #37
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Moss' tentative smile grew into a mild chuckle when Rushnak made what the human interpreted as a jest. That the orc had found a reason for humour seemed impressive, for he was sure that a city the size of Daltina might have been overwhelming for some, but perhaps the orc was not so easily awed.

The pair made their way towards the docks, and the mystic allowed himself several moments to take in the sights, sounds, and smells.

"What do you think?" he eventually asked, his deep voice quiet as he studied the scene before them. "Tavern? Ships?"

If it was wealth that the orc was seeking, perhaps an honest wage could be found by talking to the clerk. They wouldn't find such things from the poor beggars, though Moss was sure the two could tell them a thing or two about who the 'bad men' were. So as he waited for his hulking companion to provide his own assessment of the situation, the human approached the panhandling pair and offered them each a coin.

"Serale," he greeted them both. "What can you tell us about this place?"

Moss was certain that as locals who frequently observed but were rarely noticed, the two beggars were bound to have some tales to tell.
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