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 Post subject: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:06 pm 
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The three duelists glared warily at each other. The patrician was pale and sweating, but he stood his ground firmly, sword unwavering in his hand. To his left, a student of Giacomo val'Sheem brandished a rapier and her heavy cloak in her outstretched hands, set to a high guard. To his right, an adherent of the Steel Dragon school slowly ran his coiled whip along the edge of his sidesword, the metal on metal setting teeth on edge.

A crowd had gathered at the far ends of the alleyway, eager to watch the conflict but not so eager to participate.

"Please... I'll pay what I owe. Just let me live, I'll pay what I can now and ask my family for the rest. They'll settle my debts!" The patrician's voice quivered, clearly afraid. The other pair glanced at each other briefly.

"That does me no good; I don't get paid unless you're brought back in pieces. If you pay, I get nothing. Nothing personal." The whip-wielding swordsman settled back into a comfortable guard. "I'm sure the young lady here feels the same way."

"Don't presume to speak for me! You disgust me. This bounty is mine, and you know it. You interfered, and I will have satisfaction for the insult after this is over." The young woman's face contorted in fury.

"We seem to be at an impasse then, signorina. Would that I could leave such a bounty, but I am somewhat in need myself. We all have our debtors to pay. I cannot leave him to you, you clearly will not leave him to me, and we cannot properly settle your perceived insult between ourselves else our quarry will depart."

"Where three quarrel, a fourth may soothe." The voice came from the building above. All three instinctively looked up, and then immediately back down at each other, opening their stances to account for the new potential threat. "Peace, peace. Serafina, stand down. Your temper will get you killed one day. Nicolo, hear me out and we will all profit. And as for you, Signore Eusebio..."

A lithe figure vaulted down and landed neatly between the three. Seemingly unarmed and unarmored, he moved with an exquisite grace and confidence despite the weapons all brandished in his direction. He wore an ornate mask that concealed his features, and the motley of a harlequin. "...for you, Signore, I will purchase your debt from the Cartel, pay these ruffians who would claim the bounty on your head, and even arrange to have the bounty rescinded entirely. Does that sound fair?"

All three glanced at each other in confusion. Eusebio broke the silence; "Who are you?"

"All in good time. Do we have a deal?" The harlequin gestured around to all three, and three bags appeared in his hands. He juggled them briefly, then with a flourish tossed them at the feet of the three would-be combatants. Nicolo sheathed his sword, keeping his whip in one hand, and reached down to inspect the bag. A moment later, he grinned. "This will do nicely for me. Signorina, I'm sure we'll meet again later." He turned and walked out of the alley. Serafina snorted in disgust, sheathed her sword, grabbed her bag and stalked out the other way.

"Thank you, thank you!" Eusebio collapsed to the ground sobbing, dropping his sword to clutch the bag of coins.

"You're most welcome signore. Now, my new friend, come with me. We need to pay off your debt, then we have much to discuss."

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:06 pm 
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From a distance a lean Val watches the encounter, intrigued by the lithe figure's intervention in what was otherwise guaranteed to become a tribute to Nier. Pulling up the cowl of a travel worn cloak, the man quietly keeps pace with the lucky patrician and his benefactor.

(Very well written Tony, looking forward to more)

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As the bravo and bravina departed, the crowd began to disperse. A towering figure strode towards the two men who remained. The gladiator approached not with guile or threat, but with wonder.

"That was GREAT!!" came his deep booming voice. "How do you leap like that? Can you do it again? Do you think I could do that? I think the ground would shake when I landed," he paused and looked away thinking hard then his eyes got wide, "maybe that would make it better!"

He looked back and forth between the two men expectantly.


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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:34 am 

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:03 pm 
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As the crowd disperses a pair of figures can be seen engaged in earnest discussion. One wears ornate heavy armor, the face and gender masked, a large axe strapped to its back. Those with a knowledge of religious iconography give it a wide berth as if unsettled by what they see. The other figure is cloaked and masked, with a pair of finely wrought short swords strapped to its side. Both figures are stocky and could be either short humans or dwarves. The cloaked figure gestures toward the masked figure and patrician, then leans forward to whisper something to the armored figure. It shrugs its shoulders then turns and walks away. The remaining crowd shies away as if fearing contact. The cloaked figure watches then turns back to observe the masked man and patrician. As they walk away it begins to trail behind stealthily, blending into the shadows with an almost unnatural ease.

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:33 pm 
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<3 Days remaining. Deadline to participate Nov.12th>

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:46 am 

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Njal Val'Assante wrote:
<3 Days remaining. Deadline to participate Nov.12th>


to what?

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:27 am 

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::While everyone is standing around gawking at the scene, Oozejumper the Mourner Appologist starts passing out hand bills. "The Destroyer of Worlds is Coming. The end is near. Don't worry though for your gods will surely save you." Is the headline on the handbill. It then goes on to recount how the universal celebration of Unavache is proof positive that the gods have left humanity to their own devices.

When he approaches the patrician with a hand bill, Oozejumper states the following.

"I seeze. Gods com saves u taday. Hehhehehe"

Turning to the strange benefactor, "Which gawd r u? Cadic? Anshar?"

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:38 am 
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toodeep wrote:
Njal Val'Assante wrote:
<3 Days remaining. Deadline to participate Nov.12th>


In what?


OOC: Tony enjoys starting RP threads which directly relate to ArcaniCon, but can theoretically also relate to other PCI products or events. Usually those who participate gain some subtle bonus or insight. To join, it appears you need to post a response to what you saw.

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 Post subject: Re: An Alleyway, mid-day
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:33 pm 

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Shrugging, a nondescript man obviously ignores the recent happenings, and continues to go about his business. Though his business does seem to take him in the same direction as the man in motley and the patrician...

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