Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Sun May 01, 2016 9:49 am

DM Arrakeen wrote:Over a tenday ago Ragefast had to change the front door to his tower. If asked, the bald resident known for his questionable interest in wyverns would claim he had to resort to such action because someone had vandalised his door marking it with an odd drawing of an eye.
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Unread post by HappyDays » Sun May 01, 2016 11:28 am

*While headed back to the Helm and Cloak to her room, Elly would comment to the bouncer standing outside the Helm and Cloak entrance. The bouncer probably would have a pretty good view of Ragefasts dwelling.*

I see Ragefast has a new door. Looks expensive. I wonder why he bothered? *to the bouncer*

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Unread post by DM Dialectic » Sun May 01, 2016 6:42 pm

Soubar

A tournament and fair was said to be held by the Ebon Blades based out of Soubar. It is said that both representatives of the Blacktalons Mercenary Company and the Flaming Fist Mercenary Company, peers in the wars against the undead of the past year, attended as well as many regional adventurers and Soubar locals. The event seems to have been a culmination of efforts by the Ebon Blades to try to put themselves and rustic Soubar on the map in the northern Western Heartlands.

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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

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HappyDays wrote:*While headed back to the Helm and Cloak to her room, Elly would comment to the bouncer standing outside the Helm and Cloak entrance. The bouncer probably would have a pretty good view of Ragefasts dwelling.*

I see Ragefast has a new door. Looks expensive. I wonder why he bothered? *to the bouncer*
DM Arrakeen wrote:Bouncer chews his tobacco slowly "Old geezer sayin' them gotten painted over or sumthin' so he gotten new. But I ain't sure 'bout that," he shrugs. "Whyn't wash 'em n' save good money?"
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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

Unread post by DM Dialectic » Tue May 03, 2016 12:27 pm

An announcement is made that a Duchal Court hosted by the Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate is to be held at the Duchal Palace in Baldur's Gate on the 15th of Mirtul six hours after mid-day.

-All organizations wishing to attend will only be able to bring two participants each, with one speaking and one only observing.
-Participating organizations must apply for their two spots before the court is held.
-It is also expected that all speakers need to send in their outlined speaking agenda to Grand Narhelm, Herald of the Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate, before the court is held.
-Only two topics may be raised by each speaker in the interests of an orderly court.
-A open question and answer session may be held during the court, but only if the Grand Dukes decide it is prudent to do so.


The Grand Dukes will also have a special Baldurian advisor attending to brief the court on some recent developments.


((Duchal Court event to be held on Sunday, May 15 at 18:00 GMT at the Duchal Palace in Baldur's Gate. If your organization would like to have two attend, one as a speaker and the other as observing, please post your IC application at the link here (http://bgtscc.net/viewtopic.php?f=132&p=657765#p657765) in letter form addressed to Grand Narhelm, Herald of the Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate, along with the applying speaker's outline of the two topics to be discussed.))

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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Thu May 05, 2016 6:15 am

Mac wrote:A local vigilante group seems to be growing in number. This group which is rumored to be the same one that is responsible for the beating of a dock work was seen leaving Lucky Aello's tailor shop in some haste. It is said that he has been complaining about a mirror the group vandalized and the attached bad luck that comes with it's breaking. A great miss fortune indeed for a man named Lucky. The group was later seen entering the temple of the Ilmateri in the eastern gate district. There seems to be little rumor of what transpired inside. It is however known that the group which had by now increased to a small mob were seen entering the Blushing Mermaid Tavern. Inside there was said to be a large bar fight and it is rumored that a local man may possibly have been abducted by the vigilantes.
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Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Sat May 07, 2016 7:52 am

DM Arrakeen wrote:Rumor has it that a group of vigilantes broke into a small pastry and jam shop in the harbor district the other day. Allegedly the business has been a cover for some illegal activities. Fist and City Watch have been notified and brought to the scene where they secured some valuables.

Food supplies found at the shop were later delivered at the Orphanage as a donation. City Watch made sure that flour, jams, eggs, milk and other goods were checked and safe to utilize.

Among stolen belongings a group of children was found in a hideout behind the pastry and jam shop. Seven, unconscious younglings were brought by the concerned vigilantes to the Temple of Ilmater.
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DM Arrakeen wrote:The same group of vigilantes could have been seen around the city visiting Zachary's Barber Shop then Ragefast's tower. At some point, the small party disappeared inside the Inn in the Palace District only to reemerge moments later. They walked back to the Harbor and had a talk with City Watch and Fist's officers.

The crime scene from the last tenday has been cleared out, secured and for the time being sealed. It is rumored that City Watch offers some small rewards for anyone willing to produce information about the alleged jam-and-pastry seller. Said person of interest is described as an elderly woman with white hair arranged in a tight bun and a few burn scars on her hands.

The next day a small notice appears in Zachary's Barber Shop window reading: Services will not be provided to customers that do not follow basics of personal hygiene. Thank you.
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Unread post by DM Theophanies » Mon May 16, 2016 8:08 pm

Duchal Court

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Rumors fly of the Duchal court that was held yesterday in Baldur's Gate. Many groups came together to bring topics before the Grand Dukes of Baldur's Gate. Many topics were discussed from opening the northern trade roads, gathering orcish hordes, continued undead threats, gnomish assassins, rebuilding of Baldur's Gate, Kheldrivver, matters of trade and ongoing political relations.

A special guest was introduced at the end, Velsaert the Sage, loremaster of dragons. His words were brief but many courtiers whisper the mention of Tiamat.

More than a few courtiers remarked that Grand Duke Belt was in rare form. A particularly wild rumor also spreads of a sorted love affair in days past between Grand Duke Belt and Mag, owner of the Winding Way Tavern in Soubar.

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Unread post by DM Galatea » Thu May 26, 2016 8:03 am

In a number of taverns across the Sword Coast, rough and ready individuals are seen trying to make bargains with other similarly unpleasant individuals. While normally this would not be a cause for concern, many of the men and women in question are often noted as having a particularly nasty looking tattoo on their neck line which a number of them take significant effort to hide.

Those in the know suggest that this is the sign of a cultish adherence. While cults of various dieties, darker entities and even sorcerers are hardly unknown in the Realms, what is notable is that a small number of these individuals have turned up dead within days of being spotted, often slain in a brutal fashion.

While no one knows exactly what the cultish adherents are searching for, it is suggested that they search for something with some urgency.
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Rumor spreads that Zhentarim trade caravans in the Western Heartlands region have seemed to purposely chosen to avoid Soubar on the direct orders of a high ranking Zhentarim agent of Darkhold. Many merchants in the small settlement of Soubar are visibly and audibly perturbed by the significant loss of coin, as is their de facto settlement leader, Mag.

Mag also seems to complain to some of her tavern's patrons that while she appreciates the Ebon Blades helping to ward off nearby Orcish threats by training the locals in their defense as well as sticking up for the independence of Soubar, whether it be against any foreign intruding power, the Zhentarim, Elturel, or otherwise, she does not want the Ebon Blades making the settlement major enemies either that cost them their freedom, stability, or coin. She laughs that at least Greil gave her enough gold to buy new furniture to replace the pieces destroyed in Greil's recent scuffle with a Zhentarim agent in her tavern. She says to many passer by that she told Greil to next time to "take it outside and not cost Soubar a good deal" or Greil's mercenary band will no longer be welcome inside her establishment.

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Unread post by DM Dialectic » Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:11 pm

Darkhold

Rumor spreads that a combined force of Zhentarim elite agent assassins, Outriders, Stormwatch, Grey Feathers, and Elites temporarily assigned to the command of Maximillian of the fortress of Darkhold by the Pereghost defeated a large tribe of goblins in the Sunset Mountains and was seen marching roughly one hundred of them back to Darkhold in bondage. It is also said that a human prisoner of the goblins was freed in the Zhentarim attack by the command of Maxillimian of the fortress of Darkhold himself. The prisoner is said to have been a paladin and knight of Helm's Shieldhall in Elturel.

The knight is said to have told his superior, High Watcher Berelduin Shondar, that the Zhentarim treated him honorably and humanely before he was released on a gifted horse to return to Elturel. Many in Elturel are shocked that any Zhentarim could show such honor and humane treatment to an enemy prisoner, as Elturel and the Zhentarim have been in a persistent de facto state of war for years. The paladin himself says he was shocked at being released and not executed, tortured, or conscripted into the Zhentilar. Whether this was a one time occurrence, a ruse, or a new sincere initiative to show a less severe side of the Zhentarim, folks about the Sword Coast and the Western Heartlands hearing the news do not seem to be sure.


((As this was the only current DM plot I was running where I was at a terminal stage and I am trying to transition to less DMing plots and more administrative work, this may be the last plot I DM for a while as I am handing the rest of my earlier stage plots off and this Zhentarim one is essentially at a close outside of a small RP event left to do. I am excited to see our new CCs and other DMs take over from here!))

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Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:37 am

DM Arrakeen wrote:It is rumored that a wealthy but not overly influential Baldur's Gate noble and silk trader Thomas Willard is looking for a peculiar gem.
According to some ballroom gossip, the man is to be engaged to a woman from Neverwinter and he is on the search for a proper rock to put into a ring.
The people he usually used to hire for such assignment came up with nothing so the desperate noble decided to reach out of his usual social and business circle.

Couriers can be seen placing some posters around the city.


House Willard offers 20 000 gp for the group able to locate and deliver a certain valuable gem that went missing two decades ago.
Adventurers interested in this offer are asked to get in contact with the family's representative, Bernard Shaw.
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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:45 am

DM Arrakeen wrote:Bernard Shaw, Willard's representative, could be seen leaving the Merchant League building the other day with a small scowl on his face. The man met his ratlike assistant outside, tossing him a thin folder before the two started walking towards the East Gate.

Rumor has it that House Willard has found two groups interested in taking part in the bounty search for the gem and so far Shaw has not been pleased with the outcome.

///Side note: 1st event for Group1 completed. Group2 next week.
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Re: Intrigues of the Sword Coast (Player/DM IC RP)

Unread post by DM Arrakeen » Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:27 pm

DM Arrakeen wrote:Rumors spread that one of the caravans designated for Soubar and filled with supplies for the Inn and some quality gems has been waylaid by bandits. Anyone passing through the northern tradeway in the last few hours could notice a frail trail of smoke over some rubble.
A bunch of adventurers sent by Mag to investigate the situation came back with only few gems and one sole survivor.

Later that day Mag can be seen issuing a bounty.


20 bags of gold and the best booze from my private stock for anyone that brings the two uncut, raw looking gemstones back to me.
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