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    Probably should throw a roll in for Grayshore's attempt to remember whether any of her sailor friends ever wore a ring in an odd place. Not expecting anything, but meh, can't hurt:

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    Does Jason's description match any of the non-regular customers that Sora heard about?
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    Ayup. Once certainly.

    Grayshore isn't so certain - sailors tend to be a colorful lot, and her experience with sailors on more than one particular ship beyond her own tribe is very limited.
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    "Do you think there may be some pattern to which taverns the thief has hit so far?" Jason asks Sorawyl.
    She didn't notice anything like that, did she? Would it be possible to workshop something around the table - write down everything our characters know about the robberies and try to draw some conclusions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja_Prawn View Post
    She didn't notice anything like that, did she? Would it be possible to workshop something around the table - write down everything our characters know about the robberies and try to draw some conclusions?
    Sure. Go ahead and read each others' spoilers. Except Grayshore - hers has nothing to do with the investigation.


    Mr. E - Again, the sailors you've met are an eclectic lot from many lands with many odd ways of dressing and decorating themselves. You also have a difficult time recalling their very non-descriptive names, or at least which names belonged to whom.
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    While Sora doesn’t debase herself with actual flirtation, she quickly finds the need for effusive courtesy. The people of South Shore don’t seem to care that you are outsiders, but they obviously don’t much like Solamnics and respond poorly to being addressed in their language. Of course, a pretty face doesn’t hurt either. That does not translate to getting information about local thieves and fences – you’re an unknown with no money, so nobody opens up about illegal activities. They are not comforted by your nomad “bodyguard,” who also obviously has no local affiliations.

    The staffs at these places are longtime employees, deeply entrenched in their work and neighborhoods. Taverning is good work, and the owners know how to reward loyalty. Turnover isn’t common. After some in-depth questions with staff at different locations, you learn they mostly serve regulars, but it’s not uncommon to see new faces in a city this size. You realize it’s a commonality not everyone would recognize, so you also inquire about new faces or those who began frequenting the taverns shortly before they were burgled. You get the descriptions of several men who may match this profile.

    You find no sign of the places having been physically broken into (to the best of your untrained eye). Within the offices where the strongboxes were kept she finds no evidence of the use of magic, which is odd, because she expected some sign of Transmutation; or at least the trace leavings of common components. On a hunch you try searching the common areas for the same, but these are cleaned daily. Oddly, the second place’s owner keeps his office locked and here you do just see a fresh scratch within the lock’s teeth

    Valorean finds no signs of damage or tampering on doors, windows, or locks, much to his annoyance, and finds that while people don’t generally mind that he’s a draconian, they keep mistaking him for a particular loudmouth who’s been slumming around the city for the past few months. He makes little headway in his investigation until he starts using more leading questions. In particular, there’s some resentment toward the Watch for letting this happen to “loyal, dues-paying guildmembers,” which sounds to you suspiciously like the guild bribes the Watch for extra attention. A Zone of Truth confirms this, and that for these payments the Watch often has members spend their off-duty hours at businesses in good standing. Few are aware this is an actual policy, but it certainly works as a crime deterrent. The Watch officer you speak with confirms (under magic) he’s seen one of the men Eren has been told of…

    Eren learns little from staff or patrons besides some vague descriptions of strangers (you think one somewhat inebriated fellow is actually describing you), and has no luck with the first owner, but the second sees something to the utility of magic, even if he doesn’t necessarily trust your motives, and describes a silver letter opener that once belonged to his father. Locate Object has no result; either the description isn’t good enough or it’s out of range.

    Together, you ask the Watchman who else has seen this man, and he points (grudgingly) to another current patron. This fat little rat of a man practically spits in annoyance and tries to rush out, but Jason grabs him and pins him to a table, spilling ale all over him. Rat-man, knife to his throat (the Watchman doesn’t seem to mind this; Rat-man isn’t a paying member is good standing!), says the man’s got greasy brown hair, a birthmark above his brow, and a brass ring on his left pinky. Birthmark had been in weeks ago, “making pointless chatter, forgettable stuff, and refusing to play dice. Or cards, or anything, and he was watching the bartender like a hawk.”
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    Just a thought. All of these taverns are paying off the Watch right? Are there taverns that aren't paying them, and have they also been robbed?
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    Soooooo, what's up y'all?

    I'm kinda just waiting for some IC talk and/or some decisions. Tell me what you want top do and I'll give you answers. I thought this encounter would be resolved by now.

    Are you waiting for an answer to q's question? I didn't know if he was asking me or just trying to drum up conversation. To move that along, after two days it's clear the vast majority of taverns in the city are guild members, and the few that aren't are kinda crapholes. But you don't know if they've been hit unless you go ask.


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    Aye, sorry, I've been meaning to contribute more, but time's been short this week. I'll definitely make some kind of post today/tomorrow though.

    I'll be on holiday next week, but I should still have access to the internet.
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    Sorry for the silence, just a short post from me. I'm not sure where to go next, besides trying to find the guy whose looks we know. Guess we could split up, if we want to investigate different sources?
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    ...I knew it was a risk, volunteering a Stealth roll there. Why did I do that?
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    Eren gives Help to Valorean for advantage, if possible. He also makes a point to ask if the finger's placement has any specific meaning.
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    Rerolling Investigation with Eren’s Help

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    I am not ignoring you. I am once again laid up because of my back. Been effectively bedridden for days. This has been a most unpleasant summer.
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    Well hope you get better soon!
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    No worries. All hope for a speedy recovery!
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    Oh no! Your summer sounds rubbish. Hope you get better soon

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    Okay, I'm back to sitting upright for more than a few minutes, so I'm working up an IC post.

    For future reference, I am not allowing Help actions after the initial roll. That's just cheating. Either live with your rolls or coordinate better. You have to pass a DC 10 check in the skill in question for the Help to work. If successful, the Helped PC gets advantage. BUT any Help action requires a description of exactly what you are doing to help. Even just a few words to justify the benefit.

    Example: 'I suggest X make a blah roll, as she is skilled in that, but I will assist with a Help action by doing x.'

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    Okay, I'm fine with the Help action being waived.
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    Yeah, I'm not sure Sora has any spells or abilities that will really do what Valorean wants... I like the idea of spreading some rumours that might encourage the thief to attack a particular place. And then we just lie in wait and ambush the punk.
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    So, I'm not quite certain if wizard can copy ritual spells from warlock who has Book of ancient secrets incantation. Eren's spells are both from wizard's spell list though.
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    I would assume I can't copy from a Book of Ancient Secrets. I probably can't even read it!
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    I have Zone of Truth and Hold person ready, but if he passes his saved he is going to run. Shall we attempt diplomacy first?
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    I have Tasha's hideous laughter on hand as well, which he'd also need to save against if he wanted to run. But diplomacy sounds a good start.
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    Eren assists with the diplomacy roll if applicable

    (d20+3)[22], add +2 if Persuasion, to give assist

    Edit: passed 10, so I think Sora can have advantage now if Ninja needs to roll.
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    I mean, Sora's line wasn't really a question. Either he comes with us or we hit him with hold person and take him with us. But I guess I can roll for it anyway...

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    Yeah, I started typing before you posted, just tried to be on time in case you rolled.

    Also I was reading Hex's description again, and I guess it doesn't actually affect saves. So in case he runs, Eren has hold person too
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    Thanks for the inspiration!

    I was thinking we could just drag him to some nearby alley? Maybe just behind the tavern?
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    I was actually thinking 'drag him into an alley' as well... anyone got a shiv?
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    I was actually thinking 'drag him into an alley' as well... anyone got a shiv?
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