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The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

Post by ykl » 07:07:02 Saturday, 29 November, 2014

Wanted to get this out quicker but a few very annoying interruptions from people being bad at their jobs later, here we go.
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1) Each turn is basically one "story" post, listed at the end will either be a list of possible actions/conversations that you can take.
2) Vote for a choice and ALWAYS copy paste out the choice you are voting for and bold it, makes it easier to count.
3) At any time you can reject all choices available and put in what action you think you should do in that situation. However, you still need either majority vote or if I like the option enough to veto the vote. Don't forget to bold the action/conversation that you want to occur.
4) To vote for someone else's idea, simply copy paste what they wrote and once again remember to bold it.
5) If you want to change your vote, edit the post where you have voted before for that particular round.
6) Feel free to ask any questions about the setting/etc while the game is ongoing, I will answer as I feel is necessary for the story.
7) (Open choice) votes are simply asking for you to put in your ideas for that particular turn, this usually only happens for flavor or characteristic stuff that would have little impact on the story like the name of the character and etc.
8) It is not always necessary to only vote for one option. You could vote for 2 or more in a preferential voting block style. I will simply count the first choice bolded as your primary vote. In cases where the votes are tied for the primary vote, the secondary votes will break the tie if there are any.

The King is Dead, Long Live The King!
Classification: Fantasy, medieval, story-focused (minimal combat)
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The kingdom of Merian and the kingdom of Hassih have never been the best of neighbors, some might even say they were sworn enemies if not for the fact that there are periods in history where both kingdoms have happily united against a common foe. Suffice to say, matters are complicated between the two, made all the worse by the fact that the ruling houses of both kingdoms have a bad habit of complicating succession issues by marrying each other while still often carrying the prejudices of their former station over to their new one. The past few decades have been relatively peaceful given that King Tellium the Brave of Merian and King Iondo, second of his great name, of Hassih both signed an accord of friendship after both ascended to the throne a month after the other. Rumors whisper that this only came about after a particularly terrifying night spent together with the late Queen Regina, mother of one and aunt to the other, who was hell bent on forcing through some nice family time together and the accord contains clauses that forbid the speaking of anything that happened during that night.
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You are a knight-to-be-soon-maybe, for now squire-and-knight-in-training-and-definitely-not-a-servant-boy. Castle Highroad, the pride of Merian, has put up new calls for squires to serve the kingdom and seeing the opportunity for yourself for a better life, you had answered the call, hoping to escape from the miserable life you had before as a servant boy stuck in a rundown castle lorded over by a failure of a duke. He, in his infinite generosity had offered to, in his words, “beat the ambition out of your stuffing” if you liked. In the end though, he had relented and promised to help you along the path if you succeed given that his house had no heirs to help along anyway. Castle Highroad though, is about to go through the worst crisis it has had in decades, will you survive?
Extended setting info:-
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mv_ ... sp=sharing
On OOC and IC knowledge, anything that I've shared in this Google drive document is known by the main character of the story due to his fairly unique (for the setting) ability to read.

Important characters (limited to people we've already met, will be updated as the story goes along):-
https://docs.google.com/document/d/17T_ ... sp=sharing

Character sheet:-
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing


Quick link table of contents:-
Chapter 1 - Highroad Castle
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Post 3
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Last edited by ykl on 09:22:36 Thursday, 22 January, 2015, edited 5 times in total.
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Post by ykl » 07:08:27 Saturday, 29 November, 2014

Chapter 1: Highroad Castle


“Halt, who goes there?” The guard didn’t even so much as glance in your direction, engrossed with filling his pipe in the guardhouse.

“Uhm, uh, I’m here to answer the call?” You replied nervously.

“What call? Don’t remember any call.” The guard finally seems to have finished with his pipe and turned around to glare at you.

“There was this proclaimer from the royal castle, went around to all the villages and castles around saying there was a call for new squires at the royal castle.” You quickly explained.

“Oh, that pompous git. Yeah, yeah get in, need to close the gate for the night and you’re holding me up.” He waves you in.

“Don’t you need to see some papers to let me in?” You had went through a lot of trouble getting those from Duke Heimmrit, and the old fart had made it as excruciatingly painful to get it as he could.

“Even if I did, I couldn’t read them anyway, boy and recognizing the seals of whatever small minor castle you came from would take far longer than I want to stay out here for. Nope, the recruiter inside will go through your papers, I’m just here to make sure you’re not some stupid beggar boy here to shit up the streets. Now get in or you’re sleeping outside the walls tonight.”

You hurried in, slightly disappointed. You could read perfectly fine, Heimmrit had decided early on to make sure the young servant boy could help him read his letters to him to help his aging eyes. Writing was still difficult though, you could just about manage to keep up with Heimmrit as he prattled on dictating the letters to other various important nobles.

The large iron gates slammed shut with a loud racket just as you made your way inside with the guard. “Best find yourself an inn for the night, the recruiters at the castle are only going to be receiving people in the morning.” The guard waves you off as he walks down the street to the right.

In front of you, the main street stretched all the way straight and at the end, Castle Highroad. It seems to be the busiest street, filled to the brim with people, carts of both horsedrawn and handpulled variety and even a few men on horses you assume to be more guards or soldiers from the glint of their armor. Buildings stretch all the way to the end right at the doorsteps of the castle. These look about the best options to find an inn, busy streets make good business.

To the left and right, streets stretch to the end of the castle walls but these look a lot less crowded with mostly only people on them. The street on the leftside contains low rows of buildings, mostly appearing to be houses but inns might exist there. The right side street looks almost like a different world, lined with massive houses seemingly like small mansions and unlike the other two streets, looks completely empty save for a few armored soldiers on horseback.

1) Explore the main street in front.
2) Explore the side street to the left.
3) Explore the side street to the right. The guard at the front gate isn’t that far off
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Post by Huojin » 21:49:18 Saturday, 29 November, 2014

What the hell, I'll get the ball rolling.

We're not that rich (10 gold pieces, for anyone who hasn't checked), so the main street inns are probably super expensive, but worth checking out anyway. Besides, some innkeep might know somewhere cheaper we can bed down.

Explore the main street in front.

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Post by Gesar » 23:58:54 Saturday, 29 November, 2014

Huojin wrote:What the hell, I'll get the ball rolling.

We're not that rich (10 gold pieces, for anyone who hasn't checked), so the main street inns are probably super expensive, but worth checking out anyway. Besides, some innkeep might know somewhere cheaper we can bed down.

Explore the main street in front.
I'll second this.

Explore the main street in front.
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Post by Coin » 20:39:46 Sunday, 30 November, 2014

Explore the main street in front.

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Post by Serenissima » 20:41:46 Sunday, 30 November, 2014

I agree with Option 1, Explore the main street in front. Important to get some bearings and find out the local prices.
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Post by RinKou » 05:22:14 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Explore the main street in front.

Plus, we might find a shopkeep who'll offer a simple fetch quest for free starting gear and a permanent discount!
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Post by ykl » 05:28:09 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Explore the main street in front

You started off in the general direction of the busiest street, clearly the main lifeline of the city. The crowd seems even more impossibly thicker the further down the road you go, the setting sun and growing darkness not quite an issue as large lamps and torches adorn every building, servants scurrying around lighting up for the night business.

Buildings line every single available space down both sides of the street, occasionally a branch off to a side street off to the left or to the right appears. Shops, inns, taverns, a riot of buildings available for every taste and sound that a man could ever want. A fair number of the buildings show the shorthand for rooms available to rent, a small sign with a bed and table figure on them. As you struggle through the crowd down the street, you count no less than ten different buildings with the sign, all with large gaudy signs proclaiming various apparently royal or noble clientele as if that would justify their prices.

Several smaller streets lead off the main street further down, three streets to the left side and another two to the right. You quickly dismissed the two to the right. The streets are completely empty save for soldiers and once again filled with towering manors. The three streets to the left look a lot more disorganized, the first twisting left, the second moving straight down to what appears to be another gate in the distance and the third street twists towards the main castle building. The second, straight street appear to be more of the same as the main one that you're currently on, a riot of people and buildings haphazardly crammed along the straight road. The other two leftside streets, however, look like quieter housing areas.

The intersection between the two main streets linked to the gates feature a large open square where a large market filled with traders, all of them foreign from a glance, ply their trade. Very unlikely to find what you really want right now, a roof over your head, but there might be someone that could take you in for the night?

Two inns on the main street look the most promising, located well away from the main castle and near the gate where you had came in. One proclaimed that it is regularly visited by the ambassadors of every empire in Highroad while the other claimed that it has the loyalty of a lordling of some northern duchy but neither looked well-kept and you highly doubt that anyone, much less a noble, would regularly visit either one. A night's stay couldn't hurt though, or maybe there could be more options in the other streets?

As you search, another thought entered as you consider simply going up to the barracks and see if they still take in people at this time of the night. The guard did say the recruiters wouldn't be there but the guards at the barracks might let you in to sleep for the night, you are going to sign up anyway tomorrow, its not like it would be terribly unusual.

1) Enter the "Reckless Rigging" inn.
2) Enter the "Wyvern's Embrace" inn.
3) Explore another street (specify which, left nearest to the main gate, right nearest to the main gate, first left branch, second left branch, third left branch, first right branch and second right branch).
4) Enter the open market.
5) Walk to the castle and look for the barracks.
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Post by RinKou » 05:34:34 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Enter the open market.

You bet your sweet ass we're going to blow our 10g on consumables we'll never use.
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Post by BgKnight » 10:23:40 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Enter the "Wyvern's Embrace" inn

We need something to fuck, its a good place to find sum fuk
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Post by Huojin » 15:13:31 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Enter the "Reckless Rigging" inn.

You just know somewhere called the "Wyvern's Embrace" is gonna end up with us lying in a gutter, missing gold and blood. Reckless Rigging sounds more sea-farin'. And less likely to be full of jealous prozzy-hunters.

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Post by Coin » 15:22:14 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Huojin wrote:Enter the "Reckless Rigging" inn.
Because its not worth the stat-modifiers from the STDs in the other tavern.

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Post by Gesar » 18:22:39 Wednesday, 03 December, 2014

Enter the "Reckless Rigging" inn.

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Post by Serenissima » 03:17:28 Thursday, 04 December, 2014

Enter the open market.

It's probably worthwhile seeing if there's a way to spend the night comfortably without having to spend all of our gold.
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Post by ykl » 06:12:00 Sunday, 07 December, 2014

((Voting was close enough that I wanted to leave it for a bit more but no extra votes :3))
Enter the "Reckless Rigging" inn.

You decided on the first inn that you saw near the front gate where you had entered. On the left side of the road, squeezed between a cloth shop and a butcher. The front of the building looked like it had seen better days, stone walls chipped and cracked slightly here and there, the wooden supports look like they have been hastily repaired one too many times and slightly frayed. Interestingly enough, two large iron anchors decorate the sides of the door. As you enter the inn, the interior of the inn gives you little more comfort. The same story as the front of the building, with seemingly hastily repaired and worn out furniture. Patched up holes in the chairs, a table that has its fourth leg popped up by a mug. On the other hand, every surface is clean, meticulously scrubbed and polished where possible and not a spec of dust to be seen at all. The contrast with the slightly broken down furniture and building is quite stark, the owner is obviously a top class cleaner if not the best repairman. The ground floor features a fairly large area with a fair number of tables and chairs, but with only a few patrons drinking down mugs of ale. Another man sits behind a counter near the front door while a small staircase at the back of the room leads downstairs. To the right wall, another staircase leads upstairs.

The man behind the counter is a tall man, nearly a head taller than you and somewhere to be in his middle ages, perhaps 40 or 50. His face is well weathered and brownish and a small chunk of flesh is missing from his left ear. The various patrons look like locals but a few look like the man behind the counter, middle aged with heavily sunburnt faces and haunted looks.

As you entered, the man sitting behind the counter quipped "Greetings, how can we help you? The house specialty today is Hassihan ale, only the finest brought all way by ox caravan." You can't help but notice the slight trace of Hassihan accent in the man's voice. "How about a mug? It is on a special today, for two gold you get as many mugs as you can drink."

"No, no thanks." You quickly reply. "I am looking for a room for the night."

"Ah, very well, good sir. I may first point out that our inn is strictly weapons free. You will need to hand that sword you have to us and we will keep it safe downstairs. We will return it next morning as you leave us." The man explained "The rooms upstairs will cost you five gold a night. You will need to return the key to the room to us in the morning, we will only give out rooms for a single night."

1) Talk to the man (specify what do you want to ask).
2) Mumble an apology and leave the inn.
3) Accept the price for the room.
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