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1  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: October 03, 2015, 05:39:31 AM
Mathias approached the slumped figure. "Captain Dacidus?" Mathias said, giving the man a concerned look. "I had hoped to discuss some matters of import with you but in your current state I am not sure you are even capable of speech."

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"An.. an.. and what if I cccan't, you old fart. Wh.. what... what is it you?"

Killishandra surfaces precisely as planned, at the stern of the vessel between the two steering oars. She silently breaks the water moments before the stocky figure of Bannar, who looks barely out of breath. They nod to each other, before the shrill cries above alert them to the fact they may have been discovered.

"I'm sure I saw something, over there in the water!" Conetas. Mihas. Come up here whilst we keep watch."

2  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: October 03, 2015, 05:23:00 AM

I'm not having much luck in this endeavor. Do you count the +2 from body paint? (Technically it's only for blend, but I don't see why it shouldn't work for active hiding as well)
Hmmm, afraid not... you're a head bobbing in the water.

Hopefully the Aesonian gods favor us because the dice gods are hating us right now.
At least the GM isn't being overly mean yet!
3  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: September 28, 2015, 06:37:19 AM
I'm sorry this hasn't been as natural as I'd hoped it would be to GM and write for. My sincere apologies for the long delays - but I'm determined not to let this die on its arse! I'm back, and I'm ready and rocking so ask questions,  send suggestions, write for your life or just roll a few dice - I would just ask for your participation and I will make sure I pay it back.

Again thanks for you patience - let us return to normal service.
4  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: September 28, 2015, 06:33:19 AM
The group splits up as planned as the last light of the day casts its way across the harbour.

Mathais, Cathal and Juridius spend the next few hours plying the local watering holes, dropping a few coins here and there to loosen tongues along the way.  
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You find that the ship has few crew, and those that you manage to find are well in their cups after the voyage, and have little to say about the uneventful voyage itself. With some smooth words regarding future business for their Captain, you are, with slurred words, directed to the Karameros' favoured popina - Aesellia's. Upon arrival, their are a few bawdy patrons as well as some obvious female "nightworkers" helping the wine to flow as the host, presumably Aesellia herself, directs. A lone slumped figure at the bar seems the only person that fits your description of the Captain.

Killishandra and Bannar move quietly down the waterfront, until a few jetties down from the Olegean ship. Quietly and with little fuss they slip behind some dockside cargo and down the stony-sided wharf clinging onto the slimey salt-rimed rocks and into the water. 'Shandra dives straight beneath the waves and disappears out of sight, secure that she will not be seen upon her approach.
Bannar's muscular form gives powerful but quiet strokes through the gently lapping waves; as he rounds the stern of the boat in the neighbouring jetty to the target he judges the right time, and takes a deep breath to dive beneath the waves. As he does, a cry cuts through the air.
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5  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: September 12, 2015, 08:12:09 AM
Ok sorry for the delay...

Marius and Julius - how do you want to go about your search, are you going to throw some coin around the known drinking dens and see what comes up, or are you trying a different approach?

Killishandra and Bannar - it seems as though you have Shandra's ingress sorted, Bannar how are you going to approach? As you have been watching the ship has 7 guards; 3 on the jetty and the rest moving regularly on deck. You have only seen the one shift change (and the exchange of the small item). The afternoon has worn on, and the sun is starting to sink to the horizon.
6  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 22, 2015, 08:19:35 PM
To the new watch captain.
7  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 22, 2015, 05:45:50 PM

Olegean Merchant Vessel, captained by Dacidus Karameros
8  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 22, 2015, 08:07:55 AM
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The group moves towards the private dock, and it soon becomes clear that this the changing of the guard as they are hailed by those on board in with friendly gestures. The new arrivals head to the raised platform aft and obtain theirs arms from before moving to replace the old guard at their positions. Those who have been on watch stretch their tired limbs, rack their weapons away and gather on the docks calling out jokes and jeers to their replacements; just before the group turns to leave - the leader figure from each group exchange an arm clasp, and exchange something small between them.
9  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 22, 2015, 03:56:34 AM
Your group gathers back together about halfway along the dock, near to the Customs House and the office of the Harbourmaster housed within. At the suggestion of Killishandra, you have stepped out onto one of the small outer balconies that overlook the dock, the bay, and in the middle distance the ship that Doucas arrived on. In the brightness of the late afternoon sun, the figures on board are still clearly visible and much unchanged in their positions since Bannar saw them earlier in the day.

A small boy peddling some foodstuff from his shouldered basket works his way along the dockside, and reaches the dock at which the Olegean vessel sits. From this distance you can't hear the cries of the young salesman as he walks up the dock towards the ship, but the response from the guards is both immediate and co-ordinated. Two stride out towards the boy, weapons unsheathed and bristling with menace, whilst the remaining lone sentry grabs his shield from its resting place and begins to scan his surroundings for potential threats. The speed at which the two guards bear down on the boy has the desired response, and the young fruit seller scatters to the wind leaving a few of his wares behind on the wharf, one of which was picked up by the soldiery.

A half hour passes, and the commercial activity of the dockside show no sign of ceasing even at this later point of the day. It is then you notice another group of men, 6 to 7 in number and similarly attired to those on the ship moving through the throngs at a brisk pace towards the ship.
10  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 13, 2015, 07:38:49 PM
I'll drop an AD on my notice check:

"Probably just a rat..." Wink

You see nothing out of the ordinary on the busy dockside, the sun is shining and the pleasant sound of waves lapping against stone catches your ear.
11  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 13, 2015, 07:37:29 PM
Darius shuffles through a few record tablets before replying. "The captain is a Dacidus Karameros, we see him regularly enough in Imperia, though I know he does other trade routes throughout the Empire."
12  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 09, 2015, 07:34:00 PM
As you walk towards the docks, Cathas responds to your inquiry. "Agrates Aesopos, aye, I know of him. Like me he's been in service all his life. I served under him in the Imperial Legions for a few years as he made his way up the ranks. He's a hard man, stern and a tried and true warrior unwilling to accept any excuse, but he's loyal to those under him and he'll get the best out of them as well." Cathas paused for a moment. "Aesopos was moved to Legio Olegea after they suffered some pretty hefty losses against the Tribes, but its thought he didn't take kindly to it. He could have finished Praefectus of the Imperial Legion, but instead he got the same position in the Olegea instead; most wouldn't consider that a snub, but most aren't career soldiers like Aesopos.

Darius greets you at his desk that sits in one corner of the many warehouses that line the dock edge, his clasped arms hand-shake as strong as ever. "Yes, we moved the cargo from the Olegean ship - some amphorae of wine, general boxes of goods, and the Patrician's household effects - though some were handled by his slaves, his personal effects and the like."

He leans closer to you. "We didn't unload everything though, there are still several crates that we were told to leave on board and the ship has been under guard since she arrived. She's not had any crew on board either, not since we finished unloading, which is a bit odd. Just the guards on the dock."

"We can keep an eye on her for you though, there's no worry there."

The dock of Imperia bustle with the industry of trade and commerce filling every sense to the brim. The salt tang of the sea, the smells of the perfumes of a pleathora of trade goods mingle with sweat of those tasked to move them, whilst the shouts of commotion, commands and conversation assail you from every angle. The curved dock front stretches out before you with the docks themselves jutting out perpendicular to it. Ships of all shapes and sizes are docked here, with at least a hundred masts taking up the view before you. You walk further along the docks, away from the main commercial hub to the smaller docks reserved for those that wish to pay for them. There you see a ship that you presume is Doucas's, an House Olegean crest on its bow, and several obviously armed men standing either on the dock on the ship itself. The ship is a rounded merchant vessel, with a few additions for the comfort of her more important passengers. The docks either side of the berth that Doucas's ship is in are also occupied. The guards seems alert, but are at ease in their surrounds, weapons sheathed or down but at hand, and they seem content to let the bustle of the day move on around them.

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You await your colleagues to arrive as planned.
13  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 08, 2015, 03:24:19 AM
Ok, so the plan seems to be to head to Doucas' ship. Any want to do anything else in the meantime (tool up, investigate), or you want to head straight there?

14  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger: Last Days of an Empire - IC on: August 04, 2015, 05:50:35 PM
"Encode your message and head to the Tabularium. Ask to submit a record for Scribe Tertinius to work on, and it will get to me. If you are seeking further detailed instructions, I will set a spike calling you back to the records office, and ask if Tertinius has finished the work for you. Otherwise I will pass on what I can through the spikes themselves."

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15  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Cloak and Dagger - Last Days of an Empire - Recruitment/OOC on: August 04, 2015, 05:08:51 PM
@James: My understanding of the political situation from the AC was that Olegea had pulled a Palpantine and repeatedly found reason not to hand over the throne, and that at the moment it was rotating between them and Corlante because no-one else has the might to make them stop?

Perhaps I had interpreted it in a different way but my read on it was that Corlantae and Olegea had alternated holding the Throne for the last several decades (p.6 -  Houses Corlantae and Olegea have alternated periods of rulership for more than a century,) and there is only one period noted where Olegea holds the Throne for more that a decade (p.12 -  Olegea refused to abdicate the Golden Throne at the Collegium, citing the then-current Second Balataic War as a reason to retain the same leadership. Ten years later, House Olegea found another excuse with the Third Balataic War).
My take on it was that after Olegea's stranglehold on the Throne following the Balataic Wars, Corlantae was the put into power through the help of allied Houses (rather than the nominated rotatation), and thereafter each time the House on the Throne has changed, only Olegea and Corlantae have had the might and cunning (through bribes, martial force or information) to wrest control from each other. Corlantae maybe a "nicer" nation to deal with, however with the overall crumbling of morals, they are still acting despotically under the guise of democracy.
Despite that, the current sitting Emperor has died mid-term with several years to go until the Right of Procession; my reference in the post was that the other 6 Houses may force the issue and try to get another House onto the Throne now, rather than wait until the Olegean term of office is up.

That's my thoughts, but I'm quite an open GM and I like my players to be involved - so if you want to suggest another history, or way of looking at it to help world build I'm fine with that. Let me know what y'all think as at this point it doesn't really affect much.
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