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Old October 1, 2019, 07:29 PM   #31
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Argon was sorry for the woman but he was not the one that attacked her so it wasn't his crime. The snake would be punished later but the distraction had not yet reached the point that the guard had reacted.

The conundrum was that if he let this get too far it would become dangerous and out of control. That might end the performance.

Instead he just needed it to escape a little further. What could do that? The snake had grabber the woman's arm out of loyalty to its owner? Well that was fine but what could annoy the owner and nearby patrons more? If the snake were nicked by a shiv as Argon made his exit that would cause the snake to lash out surely? What was a small argument would become a struggle among a group! Argon thought about using the shiv but that came with too many risks of failure. He was not worried about being able to strike the snake but he needed it to be less obviously an attack.

Rather as Argon 'made' to distance himself from the altercation he looked at the chair next to the man and back kicked it hard into the man's legs hoping to unbalance him and the snake as the woman struggled against the snake's grip. Argon made sure to tap people's shoulders on the way past to focus their attention on the altercation. He shouted loudly as he past hoping no one would focus too much on himself as he did so (the music was pretty loud!)

"someone get a fire!" Argon yelled a bad suggestion "snake's hate fire!"

What was left? Time to bump, scrape and force himself over to where Pigeon and the guard with the keys were. He needed to snatch the keys from that guard. This was where Argon gripped the shiv. hopefully it was sharpened and keen enough to slice through the material that kept the keys to the guard's pocket. He hoped to slice the material, like a snag, on the way past and gain the key either from the ground or from the shiv catching it. He should be so lucky!
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Old October 11, 2019, 01:00 AM   #32
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Between the anaconda, the screaming, fleeing, and free-wheeling, Argon had a hard time getting someone -- anyone -- to heed his worthless advice.

In truth, the dwarf did far more harm than he could ever hope. Sowing discord like this was a rare talent and while he did mental gymnastics to rid himself of guilt and doubt of his wrongdoings, he managed to spur the spectators and concert-goers into alarm -- or worse -- into a frenzy. Those who detested snakes to begin with cried bloody murders; and those who couldn’t stand the sight of blood flew off the handle; then there were others still who found the whole thing repulsive.

Yet the true crime was, perhaps, the fact that the concern was clearly falling into disarray. Even the Pussy Katta Dolls were being hurried off-stage by bodyguards dressed as butlers and frightened stagehands attempted to form a line against the horde of people who were trying to escape the panic onto the stage rather than the poorly marked exits behind them!

Argon quickly realized that being stout made him a proud dwarf but a lousy crowd-surfer. In fact, he was nearly trampled a few times as he forced his way toward Pigeon and the two bouncers. He found the lovely git totally selling the drunken dandy role -- until they locked eyes -- and that’s when Pie threw himself at Mustached One. That gave Argon the opening he needed to nick the Bearded fellow’s keys from his belt. It wasn’t exactly a clean lift, but with so many people elbowing and shouldering their way past him, the two bouncers were more concerned about Pie at that moment.

Now Argon only had a few moments to decide where to go: toward the stage, which would mean fighting against the horde of concert-goers trying to flee; out to the street where everyone was going; or somewhere else entirely. The dwarven detective knew that there was an upper floor, the mezzanine, and the stairs were a distance on his immediate right side; there was also a lounge area where the VIPs hung out all the way to his left. With the panic he caused, however, any of the routes was going to be littered with the unexpected!
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Old October 13, 2019, 07:36 PM   #33
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So Argon had the keys. Now Argon needed pie. He knew a large contingent of how well he would get praised (and paid against the debt) for this job landed heavily on how justice was dispensed and how entertained Pigeon was in the process.

"Pigeon darling! Argon yelled frantically before seeing the guard defend her honour "Thanks but I will take it from here as her bodyguard and date"

He yelled the entire sentence and had no time to nuance romance but he knew that the frantic panic would cover for the lack of acting. Plus he was a dwarf. Humans probably knew nothing of Dwarven romance and that he banked on. Dwarvish stereotypes of being nothing more than a warrior and meathead.

However even in getting Pigeon there now became the problem of safety escorting her backstage to where the backstreet boys were. The body guards rushing the support act taught Argon not to expect the backstreet boys to be unguarded. There may have to be more blood before the night is through. They wouldn't be innocent, of courses because they would stand in the way of justice. That made them as guilty as the thieves. However he was seeing judged by the method used to dispense this justice so it had to be clean, to an extent. The employer had to be above reproach. Anyone dead would have to be explained by their deaths being at someone else's hand. Preferably, however, they could manage this in some other way....


So where to? There were a few obvious options:

1. The stage
2. The street
3. The mezzanine and upper floor
4. The VIP lounge.

With Pigeon in tow it would be dangerous in all cases. Harder still to fight the crowd. Argon thought, with the keys, there would likely be a way through the back entrance but that would likely be guarded from the crowd.

Getting to the stage with Pigeon unharmed was just too risky. It afforded a direct approach but guards would be standing firm... At least until the place emptied and was 'secured'.

Getting to the VIP area was likely the easiest entrance to backstage (as Argon reasoned the VIP area would be designed to let the best if the best fraternise with the celebrities) but they would have to traverse a panicked crowd to that door.

The stairs to the right likely presented the best option and Argon ushered pigeon towards the stairs. Hopefully the panic that had brought the scrum had not spread like a contagion upstairs.

Once upstairs Argon hope to keep our special envoy to justice safe while he surveyed the scene from up high. He was looking for what the guard's were doing on stage and in the VIP area. He was also looking at how the stage was rigged and set up. Perhaps there was another way backstage Argon had not yet considered? In either case the keys presented an opportunity to use the doors or otherwise stop at least one set of guards easily entering after.

"Do ye know how easily spooked the backstreet boys are?" Argon enquired of Pie "I need ta know whether we have to make haste or take me time with navigatin'past these guard,"

In the meantime Argon"s mind flipped with possibilities of lines to misdirect the guard, ways to traverse from the mezzanine to backstage and the openings and directions presented by the crowds..
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Old October 30, 2019, 12:37 PM   #34
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Argon had to decide quickly.

The chaos around him teemed with uncertainty and with it a measure of danger to his person and well-being. Being stouter than most of the humans meant that he was occasionally shoved while a stray knee or elbow passed him by.

To the left, to the left Argon went with Pigeon in tow. The dandy laughed shrilly as they waded across the panicking concert goers like a pair of mismatched salmon swimming up a mighty river of cosplayers.

“This is fun!,” said Pie excitedly.

His tuxedo felt hot and tight even as Argon strained to keep a grip on his date as well as sure footing so that he didn’t get trampled to death. After a few long moments, they emerged on the banks of the VIP Lounge. The space was full of velvet cushions and dim lighting, perfect for misadventures and mistresses. Argon also saw that it was pretty much deserted. A half-open door near the back wall behind the bar suggested that the revelers had been evacuated in that direction.

“This way,” Pigeon said as he walked confidently in heels opposite of the bar. There was a narrow hallway there. Argon was about to join Pie as he slipped into the corridor when he heard shouting from behind him.

“You! Where ar' ye two goin'?”

It was Mr. Mustache. The bouncer/butler’s pockmarked face was scrunched up in confusion and suspicion. This time, though, Mr. Mustache had both of his long knives drawn like it was business time.

“Step back an' show me yer hands!”
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Old November 11, 2019, 03:57 AM   #35
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This was problematic. The guard was currently innocent. Argon couldn't use force to make the guard go away... Yet. If the guard were to obstruct justice when he would be fair game.

Argon hesitated at the corridor. His back was turned and the Guard hadn't seen his face yet but Argon reckoned that it wouldn't take much of an investigation to link his face back to Pie and the Employer. Argon knew for sure that the Employer would appreciate anonymity.

Argon had no such issues with being identified except that it would pose a problem with new enemies in 'Temperance' he otherwise did not currently have.

So what to do? He hadn't glanced back but there was a reasonable chance that the voice, that sounded familiar, was armed a lot better than he and, what's more the point, would be more familiar with his weapon than Argon his

He was at a disadvantage and that had to change.

Argon decided upon an unconventional response designed to undermine his credibility as a threat to the voice, ergo, meaning that he would be confident enough to pursue, yet buy him enough time to come up with an appropriate counter before they reached the Backstreet boys and dispensed justice. It was not lost upon Argon that having better tools for the job would also greatly help with the 'Justice' later on.

"We're tracking agents of eviil!!" Argon responded loudly with no inclination to turning around "don't get in our way!"

Then Argon began to run as fast as his stifling clothing would allow toward and into the corridor. He needed a weapon, handheld or otherwise, to use against their pursuer. The shiv would do it's trick if they had the element of surprise but that was not to be relied upon in combat.

He looked around the corridor as he ran looking for anything he could use against his pursuer: bottle of alcohol, chairs and end tables, portraits, fire axes in case of an emergency etc.

With pie up ahead he beckoned to his employer's lapdog

"ye better run!" Argon said [b]"got a loose dog I gotta take care of! Do not show yer face!"[/n]

Argon could only hope pie could make sense of his rushed thinking... But hope was what he currently had to work with
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Argon shouted something to Mr. Mustache and darted away. The fabric along his crotch and armpits tore when he waddled off, sprinting as fast as his burly body could take him. Despite his warning, however, and honorable intentions, the bouncer behind him was not having any of it!

He felt the first throwing knife miss his left cheek by mere inches and it clinked against the stone of the narrow hallway. The second missile would have caught him right between the shoulderblades had he not rounded the corner toward Pie! Argon saw the sultry manservant picking a lock and a solid wooden door standing in their way.

“Hold him off, love!”, he squeaked just as the rumbling of Mr. Mustache could be heard just a dozen or so paces away.

The hallway didn’t look like it was up to code: there were no fire axes or fire extinguishers. But there was a small framed portraits of the Gully’s fine founders, three plain-looking Medonians who had bad skin and an even worse sense of fashion. Littering the ground was a half-empty bottle of wine and three wine glasses that the revelers clearly dispatched during their hasty escape.
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Throwing Knives? What a pissy widdle elvish weapon! Still, for all their demure and faux grace, the fine and slender elven and human styles of combat could kill as assuredly as an axe to the neck.

Argon formulated a plan once seeing the glass bottle. The dwarf that throw the throwing knives likely had taken more time to run as it would be terrible difficult to aim a throwing knife at a person while sprinting.

Further as the dwarf had shown no interest in being a friend of justice then he was an enemy and this justified violence. He would happily kill the dwarf but for his employer's somewhat ominous warnings.

He hadn't been properly identified yet, though he would have to dye his blonde Dwarven hairs black for the remainder of his time here. Oh well!

So he had rounded a corner and had a glass bottle read for use as a weapon. He decided against breaking it. It's blunt force should be enough. Humans were not known to be hard headed like dwarves although in truth nothing really marked their skulls as truly more thick than a human or elf's. It was a rumour dwarves often played up as it offered some measure of protection to a vulnerable part of the body. What better armour than the illusion of invulnerability?

"keep running!" Argon yelled out to Pie as he enacted his plan.

It was a simple plan, really. Give the illusion of chase with the sound of foot falls hoping that the dwarf would try to catch up with a burst of speed. Humans weren't often marathon runners (especially sells words) and relied heavily on getting the job done quickly by missile or melee weapons. Humans were surprisingly fast over short distances. Much faster than their elven cousins that pranced about lightly on their tippytoes

So he swooped up the bottle and waited for the sound of the human to come lumbering along. He had seen Mr. moustache up close. He had two long knives and, apparently, a hidden set of throwing knives. They would be on the corridor but Argon had no true skill or use for such widdle toys. Still he could have expended effort removing these weapons from reach. Perhaps the human retrieved these? It wouldn't matter if his ambush worked.

So the ambush? Argon had to choose between the groin and the head. His height made the groin a much more reachable target. There had been no indication of wearing armour but then again there was no indication of the throwing knives either. Still there had been no bulge in his Lance indicating abnormal girth! So the groin it was.

Listening out for an approaching human he waited until the moment to human was about at the corner. If he were running the. He would strike by the sound but if the human had conserved his strength and walked he would wait until he could see the human turn the corner to strike.

In either case Argon used the bottle two handed to out the strength of his extra muscled right arm and left arm into the swing. He knew from swinging an axe that you don't stop putting your weight in the moment it connects but aim to strike clean through and thus he did so with the bottle.

The whole aim was to get the human to keel over so he could use his head to butt the side of his skull. Hitting the head on the front would hurt equally bad but the skull was softer on the side. The dwarf did not hold back with the headbutt and struck with full force hoping to take him out cold!

After, Argon would take the long knives this 'butler' held and arranged his body so it looked like it had been fleeing toward the door and was struck in the side. He also arranged it so the body was on his side of the corridor and could not be seen from the doorway to the vip area. It was a ruse but it did not need to draw unnecessary attraction.
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Old January 14, 2020, 10:44 AM   #38
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“Trying!” chirped the annoyed Pigeon as he dealt with the finicky lock with his pick set.

Argon was right about a few things, though. First was Mr. Mustache’s cardiovascular health. As a bouncer / sellsword for the Gully, he mostly stood around and barked orders at boozehounds and rowdy guests. Drunks were hardly the most nimble of creatures so he relied mostly on his bulk to dissuade and sometimes pacify them. This meant that Mr. Mustache was pretty much winded by the time he got ready to turn the corner after Argon and Pie.

Second, Mr. Mustache’s groin was the perfect target given Argon’s height compared to the burly human. He didn’t have to wait long before the tuxedo clad bouncer turned the corner and found himself groin to face with the dwarf! He had his long knives drawn but Argon was already within striking range. The dwarf struck the man in the nether area, causing him to keel forward -- low enough that Argon was able to skull bash the fellow!

If the headbutt didn’t knock out Mr. Mustache, then slamming his head a second time against the opposite wall certainly did the truck. The man crumpled into a heap of arms and legs. Looting and dragging the man’s unconscious body proved a little more difficult. But in the end, Argon was able to position the fellow so that he could not be easily seen down the hall from the VIP area.

“Does he have the key?,” chirped Pie excitedly.

After taking Mr. Mustache’s belongings, including his good quality long knives and throwing knives set, and a coin purse that jingled, Argon also found a set of bronze keys. One of those perfectly fit in the locked door.

Pie and his brave dwarven escort emerged in the backstage area where they saw the various props and mechanisms that drew back the enormous sails of curtains and chandeliers that illuminated the Gully’s famous stage. Unfortunately, it looked like the Backstreet Boys were already gone or at least evacuated with everyone else.

“Look around, love,” purred Pie as he started to rummage through the chests, clothes and bags that the performers apparently left behind.

Argon saw three paths: one leading to the stage, the other to the dressing rooms, and the last marked “Exit”. A dressing area with large mirrors and elaborate sets of make-up and face paints indicated that it was reserved for the PussyKatta Dolls. In case there was any doubt, Argon saw that all of the clothes and costumes there were very fuzzy with many different colored fur.
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Argon hoped that the body, once found, would confuse any pursuers and opted to leave the pouch of coins. He needed suspicion of cowardice to remain and although the coins were ill-gotten gain and fair game to claim as recompense, they served a different purpose as a prop.After getting past the locked door Argon locked the door to the backstage area behind them. No unwanted intrusions from that direction!
The keys, however, Argon took. He could have used them and then left them but this would not be the only locked door.

Turning into the backstage area the 3 choices were presented: The stage, the dressing rooms and the Exit.

There had been an evacuation and he doubted that putting the celebrities amongst their fans would ensure their safety. They could be in their dressing rooms but that was unlikely and it was doubtful they were ignorant enough to go to the stage without an audience.

Argon considered the possibilities. He was dressed well and could pose as a bouncer. He could claim that the show was still on! That was a wondrous possibility but he must first find them.

Argon mentioned had an idea for Pie

"Could ye go to the backstage entrance." Argon suggested "Get a clip board or something. Pretend to be the art director or somethin'. If those backstreet boys come yer way do her level best to mask yer voice and send them to their rooms"

It was not a great plan. Pie was seemingly a celebrity in her own right. Still, Argon banked on her acting abilities and that the backstreet boys would have seen her in some other moniker and attire.

Now to the exit. Argon ultimately would have to open the door and peak outside. In his mind he figured it would lead to some alley outside of view where, more than likely, security was gettin' ready to take the celebrities away. He had to stop that. Of course he also had to take care of the security as well.

He also didn't want to be completely made either. Unfortunately that was a sacrifice that may need to be made. He would have to spin this event heroically later on.

After peaking through, cautiously, Argon made sure he was equipped with the long knives to look like he was playing the part of security.

If the crew were there Argon would begin his ruse

"oi, the boss has shouted out the all clear! he would tell "Go tell the others and quickly get the Backstreet boys to their changeroom"

Otherwise he would inspect the outside. Likely the interesting things were down some stairs but having a commanding view would help Argon plan what he needed to do.
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