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The Smart Toad / [IC]Common Room
« 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

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Introductions & New Travelers! / KahlessNestor
« on: December 20, 2019, 09:18:29 PM »
What do you call yourself? Online, usually KahlessNestor, Kahless, or Kah.

How'd you find Exonia? Recruitment on RPG Recruitment Discord was pointed out to me.

What interested you in joining? I like fantasy and D&D.

Ever done this text-based roleplaying thing before? Lots. Twenty years now. Started out with X-Men sims. Now I do mostly Star Trek, including as a CO, and some Play by Post tabletop RPGs like D&D on ENWorld.

Any previous experiences you want to share? Pretty much above.

Now for the questionnaire!

Do you prefer:
  • Playing male, female, or other-gendered characters? Depends on how the character comes to me in my head. Though I have a lot of female characters for some reason LOL
  • Spontaneous or planned RP? Both? I rarely plan LOL Sometimes I’ll have an outline in my head, or jot down some plot points, but those come in bursts of inspiration and rarely. I often like what I call “spaghetti RP”. Throw two characters together and see what sticks.
  • Military or civilian characters? I enjoy both, but civilian characters just provide a broader range of options.
  • Humans, Ithiris or something else? I’m a Dwarf man! LOL But I typically play Humans when dwarves aren’t an option, unless I have some really good idea for another race.
  • Roleplay via forum posts or in real-time? Both are good.
On a scale of 1 to 3, what's your preferred level of these in your RP:
  • Language: 3. I don’t mind cussing. Though most of my characters just do it exclamatory or emphatically, not as a matter of course.
  • Violence: 2. I tend to not need the graphic details.
  • Sexuality: 3. I tend to write at a 2 or 2+ for public consumption, but don’t mind a little ERP.
What's something cool you'd love to RP?

Hm. Not sure yet. I’m open for anything.

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