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Title: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on December 25, 2019, 08:13:42 AM
Dreok Cross/Highfoot Stockade and The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

The crack of wood filled the practice yard as Theodore Warsavage parried his opponent’s blow, their hardwood swords sending the rattle of vibrations down his powerful arms. He shoved away to get more room to maneuver, to swing his greatsword. But his opponent was quicker, charging in. There was too little time to get the large sword up, so he raised his hand and spoke a quick word. The sword cracked against a bubble of magical force, frustrating his opponent. Another arcane word spoken and Theo’s sword started to lick with green flames. He launched himself in an offensive flurry, his opponent just barely able to fend off the flaming sword.

There was a sharp whistle, and everyone in the yard stopped. Theo panted and stepped back, the flames going out on the sword. A large, older man stalked toward them.

“You’re in trouble now, Warsavage,” his opponent murmured, dropping his sword and slinking off.

“Warsavage! What the hell was that?” Jothan Bowles bellowed.

“Sorry, sir,” Theo said, dropping his gaze.

“I thought you had that shit under control!”

“I do, sir. It was just...instinct. Natural. And...I do need to practice with it.”

“Not in a sparring session. You could have hurt someone...again,” Jothan pointed out.

“Yes, sir,” Theo said sheepishly.

Jothan grabbed Theo’s sword and picked up his opponent’s sword. Both were scorched. “And you ruined two practice swords,” he pointed out. “These things aren’t cheap. It’s coming out of your next pay,” he warned.

“Yes, sir.” Theo knew better than to argue with the guildmaster.

“You’re done for the night,” Jothan said, pointing back toward the barracks.

Theo looked up. The sun was beginning to set, so Theodore wiped the sweat from his brow with his sleeve and nodded. He started to undo the buckles on his chainmail as he walked. While he could claim himself a bed here at the Stockade, Theodore usually went home at night. He still lived with his parents. So he bypassed the barracks themselves and went to the locker room. And took off his mail and gambeson, handing them to the apprentice armorers to be cleaned. He stripped out of his clothes and handed them over, as well, to the laundress.

There wasn’t much modesty in the Highfoot Stockade. On the battlefield, such things were superfluous, so the men and women weren’t separated. Besides, the laundress was an old hag of a woman who, with one cutting word, could make your manhood shrivel up and fall off. And the other women in the guild were just as capable of removing it for a slight, as well. So one learned to look and not touch, admire from afar.

But a young man’s libido was hard to corral, and Theo was an attractive young man. He got more than his fair share of appreciative looks from men and women alike, and let his own gaze linger on a few of the female warriors, but he never approached them.

Walking naked across the room, Theo headed into the Guild’s steam baths, the rush of heat and humidity washing over him. There was a large central fire beneath a metal table of stones, and occasionally the attendant poured a bucket of water over it to create more steam. Theo stopped near the fire and one of the attendants started to generously apply oil to his body, making his taut muscles glisten even more. Then they scraped off the oil, sweat, and grime from his body and left him to lie naked on the stone benches for a time. When he was finished, he went into the frigidium, where there was a long pool filled with snowmelt from the Barren Tips. He dove into the pool and swam across the freezing water, climbing quickly out the other side where more attendants waited with warm, soft towels to rub down his gleaming, hard body.

“Thank you,” Theo told the young ladies, who giggled and blushed as the warrior walked out to the locker room again, pulling on a fresh change of clothes from his locker.

Theodore finally walked out of the Stockade and into the early night of midwinter. The air was chill, so he wore a cloak over his clothes, his dagger at his belt and his greatsword slung over his shoulder. He didn’t really need it walking around town, but he didn’t like to leave it at the guild. It had belonged to his father. At Theo’s neck, a blue crystal gleamed in the starlight.

Theo took a stroll through the streets of Alderworth, a definite destination in mind. The Smart Toad, was a popular watering hole, relatively equidistant from each of the guilds. Sure, each guild tended to have their own local wateringhole nearer the guild, but The Smart Toad was considered neutral ground, and it was on Theo’s way home. It was known for decent food, and plentiful, if cheap, ale, but those weren’t the reasons Theo frequented the place.

The reason was the buxom redhead wending her way expertly through the early evening crowd with a tray of drinks held above her head. Theo stood just inside the door for a moment, admiring the curvaceous figure of the tavern wench.

“Theodore Samuel Warsavage! You close that door behind you before you let all the warm out!” the redhead shouted at him. “I don’t have time to hold your hand. Find your own table!”

Theo grinned. “You got it, Lexi!” he bellowed back, shouldering his way into the crowd. He noticed it looked like someone was setting up on the small stage in the corner of the Toad. He chuckled. The Lolokosh Guild had gotten some sucker to play for the evening -- or try. The Toad wasn’t known as being the most bard-friendly place. It was often too rowdy and noisy, and they liked to throw things -- no serious harm intended, or even criticism. It was just...fun. But it was a right of passage for the apprentice bards at the guild.

Theodore found a table against the wall where he could watch Lexi work. Eventually she came over to his table and thumped down three ales and a trencher of the night’s roasted boar and turnips. He grabbed her waist and pulled her down into his lap, stealing a kiss.

“Stop that!” Lexi scolded, slapping him. “You’ll give the other customers ideas, and then you’ll end up in a fight, and get thrown out again,” she warned. But she gave him a peck on the cheek anyway, pausing to inhale the smell of sweat, leather, and steel oil on him. “But find me on my break,” she whispered.

Theodore grinned. “I’d love to,” he said. “Can I walk you home tonight?”

“Depends on how well the break goes,” Lexi said with a wink, swirling back up to her feet and out into the crowd.

Theodore beamed. “Oh, you won’t be disappointed, Lex,” he promised.

Three hours later, in the back room, Lexy was sprawled out, leaning back on an old ale barrel, her skirts hiked above her knees. “Oh, gods above, Theo!” she moaned as the big man massaged her feet. “How did you ever get so good at this?”

“I used to do this for my mum all the time,” Theo said, sitting on a small crate, Lexi’s delicate foot in his big hand as he rubbed her arch firmly with his thumbs. “Still do.”

“Your mum is a lucky woman,” Lexi said, tossing her red hair and gracing him with a beautiful smile.

Theodore Warsavage
Fighter
Sunbrawler’s Guild

Jothan Bowles
Guildmaster
Sunbrawler’s Guild

Lexi Beale
Tavern Wench
The Smart Toad
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on December 28, 2019, 02:30:13 PM
In the tavern's large common room, a loud cheer went up as a young and beautiful blonde woman dressed in an odd collection of bright fineries walked through the crowds toward the front, an Alderlyre in her hands.

"Melia, what are you doing here? I thought you spent all your evenings in Tunder's Tavern," one of the patrons shouted.

"When she's not trying to fend off a young noble with sport on his mind," another one quipped loudly, said comment receiving a roar of raucous laughter.

"Watch your mouth, or I'll not being gracing you with a song," Melia said with a wink, showing the threat wasn't to be taken seriously. Her threat was met by a chant of "Song! Song! Song! Song!" which she waved down as she plucked a few notes on the Alderlyre. Like the bagpipes of another world, the Alderlyre was not the favored instrument of many listeners, and was often paired with other instruments to make it more palatable. Nonetheless, there was a quality in Melia's voice that made it the perfect instrument to accompany her (though Melia's voice was such that a tapping of a spoon on a tankard would have been elevated to a celestial instrument).

As soon as Melia began singing, the entire common room went hush with silence.

In Alderworth, fair city,
Where the lasses are pretty,
He first set his eyes on sweet Talis Palone,
Her gait was alluring
His love was enduring.
As he pined for the arms of sweet Talis Palone!


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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild


Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on December 29, 2019, 01:57:25 PM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Theo looked up at the female bard that went walking toward the stage. His eyes widened a bit. Well, she was a fair cut above the typical bard that performed at the Toad. He couldn’t help his eyes wandering appreciatively over the bard’s figure, until he caught Lexi looking at him. The tavern wench gave him a wink. She wasn’t the jealous type, and they weren’t exactly courting or anything, just the occasional fling. He gave Lexi a wink back, wondering what it might be like to get the pair of them together.

Others in the tavern seemed to know the bard. He’d never seen her before. Not that he followed the bards in the city. There were few enough of them. So he waved over another ale from Lexi and settled back to listen to her song. It was one of the old traditional songs, and he smiled. Her voice was amazing to his untrained ear. When she was done, he joined the crowd’s applause, surprised they didn’t even start throwing things, like they normally did.

Theo caught Lexi’s eye and tossed her a couple copper. “Get her a drink for me,” he said.

“Taken a fancy, have you?” Lexi teased.

Theo blushed. “Skill should be rewarded.”

Lexi nodded, tucking the coppers in her bosom and bringing a mug of ale to the stage, setting it down on the edge within reach of the lady bard. “From the gentleman in the back,” she said, giving the bard a flirtatious smile.

Theodore Warsavage
Fighter
Sunbrawler’s Guild

Lexi Beale
Tavern Wench
The Smart Toad
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on December 29, 2019, 03:24:17 PM
One of the tavern servers brought Melia a mug of ale, telling her, "From the gentleman in the back."

Before Melia could respond, another server brought her a mug of ale, saying, "The scarecrow over there sends his regard." A half toothed adventurer gave her a wave of his hat, a wave which she returned with a laugh.

Yet a third server brought over a chalice of wine, adding, "With compliments of the young man over there." The young man in questions had all the trappings of some noble's younger son, looking for sport with someone he would normally consider below his station.

Finally, the tavern keeper himself came out with a chalice of spring water. "Your usual, Melia," he said with a twinkle in his eyes. She nodded gratefully, then hefted the chalice toward the crowd.

"I appreciate the sentiment, friends, but an Alderlyre is difficult enough to play by itself without my wits swimming in ale or wine. But it is hard work, so you can share the burden with me on this one." With that, Melia launched into a new song.

O What do you do with a drunken sailor
What do you do with a drunken sailor
What do you do with a drunken sailor
Early in the morning?

The inn's customers happily (if somewhat offkey) joined her in the chorus.

Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Way hay and up she rises
Early in the morning


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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on December 29, 2019, 05:32:32 PM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Theodore Warsavage chuckled as the bard got several more drinks, and then toasted them with simple water. “Well played,” he had to admit.

“Sorry, Tiger,” Lexi said as she passed. “Looks like you might be stuck with me tonight.”

“Ah, but that is not bad,” Theo told the wench with a smile. He knew better than to slap her bottom as she passed. Not that Lexi would mind, but he didn’t want to start off other customers harassing her. He might be forced to do something and step in then.

Theo joined in the song loudly with the others, singing with the bard, before turning back to his stew and ale. He wouldn’t be able to compete with some noble’s son, anyway, not a simple local lad like him.

Theodore Warsavage
Fighter
Sunbrawler’s Guild

Lexi Beale
Tavern Wench
The Smart Toad
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: RachOwl on December 29, 2019, 10:18:09 PM
Deryn, looking cleaner than usual, slunk into the tavern after a long day of Guild duties. She had a few copper already, but hoped to have several more before she left for the night. But, if she didn't, it wouldn't matter much. She was on her down time, supposed to rest and relax. But to Deryn, that meant have a few ales and watch the drunkards at the Smart Toad make fools of themselves.

She found herself a table near the back of the room and sat with her back against the wall. Watching the others was usually entertaining, but tonight they had the pretty bard enthralling them. While Deryn appreciated good music, it made for a dull evening, no raucous, no fights. 'Oh well, still be time for practice later,' she thought as she waved to the barmaid for an ale.
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on January 01, 2020, 07:08:03 AM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Lexi came over with an ale for Theo, and then walked over to a nearby table where another young woman sat, setting down the ale.

“Evening, sweetie. Can I get you anything?” the pretty redhead asked Deryn. “Enjoying the show?” She nodded to the bard. “There’s stew, and bread and cheese, if you like.”

tags Deryn, others
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: RachOwl on January 03, 2020, 01:01:08 AM
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“Evening, sweetie. Can I get you anything?” the pretty redhead asked Deryn. “Enjoying the show?” She nodded to the bard. “There’s stew, and bread and cheese, if you like.”

Looking up at the waitress, Deryn nodded. "Ale...and bread and cheese, please," she said, adding another couple of coppers to the pile on the table. "And the show's alright, I only just came in though, so I think I missed most of the last song," she added. "The menfolk are definitely enjoying the show though..."
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on January 03, 2020, 08:00:12 PM
After the final chorus of the song, and the whooping had settled down, Melia began to strum a few notes thoughtfully on her Alderlyre, before setting it down.

"Well, after a song like that, perhaps a gentler ballad might be called for."

There were a few groans of disappointment before Melia waved for quiet. She then began singing in her sweet soprano

There once was a young pure lass
Who had lost her way one night
And not a lad in Edgewater


Melia paused for a moment, giving her an audience a mischievous smile, before continuing in a louder voice with a raucous timber to it.

Will ever forget the sight!

O Hail, Hail, the Lusty Wench
The grandest ship to sail
For the lads and men who rode her
The vessel never failed.


The crowd whooped and hollered as Melia launched into the bawdy song full of double entendres.

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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: Kris on January 04, 2020, 01:18:03 PM
Lia slipped into the room.  Normally she wouldn't be quiet, but there were plenty of others there talking and she didn't want to interrupt.  But she sat and listened to the song being sung, not in any type of hurry.  It wasn't often that she found the time to relax, even if it was just for a short time.  She would wait to be seen before asking for any food, as this was time she was taking for herself.
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on January 06, 2020, 09:01:04 AM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Lexi chuckled at Deryn’s comment and glanced back at the bard. “Well, I suppose we can’t blame them,” she replied to the young woman. “Though as much ale as they’ve had, you could sit one of those giant armadillos up there and they’d probably enjoy it just as much. Be right back with your ale, bread, and cheese.” She deftly scooped up the coins and dropped them into her bodice before flouncing off. A moment later she was back to drop off the items. “Just give a whistle if you need anything else.”

TAGS DERYN

The redheaded wench’s next stop was at another newcomer. “Get you anything, love?” Lexi asked Lia.

TAGS LEXI

Theo laughed and roared along with the others as the bard burst into the bawdy song.
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on January 06, 2020, 11:02:55 PM
As if the bard had read the tavern wench's mind, Melia segued into another song

What's that comin round the corner
What's that coming round the bend
What's that coming round the corner
It's my armadillo friend

Round, Round, Shelly Fellow
Roll Around the Bend
Round, Round, Shelly Fellow
It's my armadillo friend


Melia sang a few more verses, singing about the unlikely friendship between a giant armadillo and the village drunk, and finished off with loud applause. About the time she finished the song, an older man, wearing the leather and sword of a traveler who been a few places slipped into the tavern. He caught the eye of Melia and found a side table.

"Well, give me a few to catch my breath, and I'll be right back," Melia promised. The buxom blonde bard wove her way through the crowd, taking a few coins here and there, before she sat at the table with the stranger. Like Melia, the stranger asked for a chalice of spring water. After the their drinks were brought, the stranger placed a strangely shaped jade statuette on the table, and bard and stranger began having a hushed conversation.

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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild

&

The mysterious stranger
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: RachOwl on January 07, 2020, 12:23:20 AM
“Though as much ale as they’ve had, you could sit one of those giant armadillos up there and they’d probably enjoy it just as much. Be right back with your ale, bread, and cheese.”

Deryn chuckled at the thought of an armadillo dancing on the stage. She watched Lexi move through the crowd to the bar, admiring the woman's deft movements around her drunken customers. Thief though she may be, Deryn still liked having company from time to time. She didn't just come to the tavern to pick pockets, though that was still fun.

“Just give a whistle if you need anything else.”

"Thanks," she said, pulling a chunk off her bread and a chunk of cheese. She popped them into her mouth as she watched the barmaid slip off through the crowd again. Her eyes roamed the crowd and she watched as the bard moved off to a table with a man who just entered. She carefully watched them, eyeing the statue he'd placed between them. It would be quite interesting to learn what they were up to.

Noticing some eyes on her, Deryn went back to watching the crowd in general, munching on her bread and cheese, and sipping her ale.
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: Kris on January 07, 2020, 03:09:32 AM
The redheaded wench’s next stop was at another newcomer. “Get you anything, love?” Lexi asked Lia.

Lia thought for a moment, "Surprise me with something strong, would you?" 

Her eyes followed the Bard for a moment before scanning the room again.  She liked to people watch, gave her an idea of what was around her.

Tags?
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on January 07, 2020, 03:21:18 AM
The bard said something definite to the stranger and began to stand up. The stranger put his hand over the bard's as if to stop her. The bard raised an eyebrow at the stranger, who moved his hand, looking sheepish as he did so. The bard gave him a smile and moved away.

The stranger watched her leave, then pocketed the statuette and left the tavern.

Making her way back to the front, the bard picked up her Alderlyre and shouted, "Any requests?"

One of the patrons shouted out "The Moon Man's Ballad", a shout that was picked up by the patrons. Laughing, Melia began strumming her Alderlyre and dove into the tune.

In days of old the moon men came and each would wear a kilt
And let me tell you ladies that these moon men sure were built
And each of them would wear his kilt down past his bonny knees
And each would get a whistle with every passing breeze

Ring-ding didle idle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
And each would get a whistle with every passing breeze

Well a moon man clad in kilt left a bar one evening fair
And one could tell by how he walked the he'd drunk more than his share
He fumbled 'round until he could no longer keep his feet
And he stumbled off in to the grass to sleep beside the street

Ring-ding didle idle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
He stumbled off in to the grass to sleep beside the street

About that time two young and lovely girls just happened by
One says to the other, with a twinkle in her eye
"See yon sleeping Moon man, so strong a handsome built?
I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt. "

Ring-ding didle idle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
I wonder if it's true what they don't wear beneath the kilt

They crept up on that sleeping moon man quiet as could be
Lifted up his kilt about an inch so they could see
And there, behold, for them to view beneath his moonish skirt
Was nothing more than Nature had graced him  upon his birth

Ring-ding didle idle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
Was nothing more than Nature had graced him upon his birth

They marveled for a moment, then one said "We must be gone.
Let's leave a present for our friend before we move along"
As a gift they left a blue silk ribbon tied in to a bow
'Round the bonnie star the moon man's kilt did lift and show

Ring-ding didle iidle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
"Round the bonnie star the moon man's kilt did lift and show

Now the moon man woke to nature's call and stumbled towards the trees
Behind the bush he lifts his kilt, and gawks at what he sees
And in a startled voice he says, to what's before his eyes,
"Lad, I don't know where ya been, but I see you've won first prize"

Ring-ding didle idle I de-o
Ring dye didley I oh
Lad, I don't know where you've been, but I see you've won first prize!


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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild

Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on January 10, 2020, 06:39:57 AM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Lexi bustled and swayed around the common room. She occasionally gave Deryn a wink as she passed when refilling her ale.

TAGS DERYN

Lexi got back to Lia and put down a small wooden cup about the size of a thimble. “That’s scumble*,” she said. “You wanted strong. If you’re still upright after, you’re better than most men,” she said with a chuckle. “And here’s an ale, just in case it’s too much.”

TAGS LIA

When the bard came down off the stage, Theo and most of the regulars turned back to their drinks. Theo finished up his stew and handed the trencher back to Lexi as she passed before sitting back to nurse the fresh ale she’d brought. He’d had enough to start feeling it, and smiled contentedly. His eyes wandered over to the bard, and his head cleared a bit as the strange man put his hand on her. Theo tensed, starting to get up, in case there was going to be an incident, but the bard just gave the man a look that seemed to put him in his place. So Theo settled back to enjoy the song about the moon man, laughing with the rest of the patrons.


*Scumble (https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Scumble) is made from apples. Well, mainly apples, which in no way guarantees a low alcohol content. Scumble is drunk in thimblefuls, is strong enough to be used for cleaning spoons, and should not be put in a metal container or allowed to come into contact with water. Someone who can drink a lot of scumble all at once without ill effects is probably not really human.
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: Kris on January 12, 2020, 01:04:32 AM
"Tempting me with scumble?  Funny enough, I've had it before, but honestly, it is a bit stronger than I would like tonight."  Lia reached for the ale, even though the scumble was tempting.  "Maybe for before I leave, I'll drink that little thing.  Tends to knock me out for the night." 

She gave a small shrug.  "Living on the streets for a time, you taste all types of things."

Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KahlessNestor on January 16, 2020, 06:41:32 AM
Dreok Cross/The Smart Toad/Common Room
Evening

Lexi chuckled. “Sure thing, love,” she told Lia. “Let me know if you need someone to carry you home after. You’d be safe with Theo,” she said, nodding to a big, dark-haired man seated at a nearby table enjoying an ale and the bard. “Give a shout if you want anything else, dearie.”
Title: Re: [IC]Common Room
Post by: KiDesru on March 01, 2020, 07:11:30 PM
As Melia finished her song, the Tharkington Brothers walked in.

The Tharkington brothers were huge, the smallest one just barely two meters tall, and who looked to have shoulders as broad as they were tall. They were unrivaled warriors, knew it, and did not mind flaunting it. And each bore a tattoo, a gift from a wizard in the Marblevale Guild, which supposedly gave them resistance to low level magical spells.

Knowing that the appearance of the Tharkington brothers always meant trouble, Melia decided to take her money and call it a night. Strumming her Alderlyre, she sang:

Oh, if given the chance, to toss a coin,
To a bard, then do not pass
And thank your lovely serving wench
With a slap upon her ass


Melia found herself the target of several tossed coins, and scooped them up quickly.

And ducked out when the coin tossers began slapping the backsides of the serving wenches in the tavern. The Tharkington brothers especially seemed determined to personally spank each and every serving wench backside in the tavern, some of them repeatedly.

As the bard slipped out of the tavern, she couldn't help but grin at the sounds of a ruckus starting in the tavern behind her as she headed back to her rooms at the Guild.

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Melia Arton
Master Bard and Guildmaster
Lolokosh Guild