Visionary Tales

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Title: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 21, 2020, 05:20:37 PM
This is the story of The Sliding Tavern, a magical victorian-style house that moves randomly (or maybe not so randomly) through space and time. But really, this is a story of the denizens who live within.

If you wish to lurk, please do so. If you wish to participate, please go to the Facebook Group, The Sliding Tavern (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1454341244727872 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1454341244727872)), and read the rules and whatnot there. All OOC (Out Of Character) comments and meta-questions about the game and story should be posted there. This thread is intended to be only the story (And yes, this post is the exception to the rule).

Noe: This story will most probably contain mature content.

Thank you,

--Red
Innkeeper
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 21, 2020, 10:27:54 PM
Red surveys the barroom from behind the old mahogany counter. By her reckoning she’s been the innkeeper for about a year or so. It’s hard to tell with everything shifting every day or two, sometimes several within a few hours. No sundial, calendar, or fancy gadget is going to be of much help. Daytimes, nighttime, a world with two suns, a world underground, they just run one into the other without regard to any circadian rhythm.

She feels like she’s seen it all, and yet keeps finding new surprises. As a fire demoness she’s managed to hold her own when the shits really hit the fan, but she shakes her head that she’s still alive. Idly, she wipes down the counter with a steaming rag. Five foot nine, Red has long wavy red hair, dark green eyes, and a skin tone that can vary from California tan to terra-cotta red, depending on her surface temperature. She wears a black Metallica tank top, no bra, frayed blue jeans, and her feet are bare. If you didn’t know you’d assume she was human.

There’s another slide coming up soon; she can feel it. After all this time she knows the subtle signs, the slight change in air pressure, the odd little breezes, and a slow build of static energy. Soon the fog will rise, obscuring the tavern, a thick grey can-hardly-see-your-hand sort of fog. Then, suddenly, with no lurching, no jolts, just soft as kitten paws, the tavern will be in a new place, a new time, along with its immediate grounds. It’s a sphere, really, that slides, a 117 feet radius sphere centered in the middle of the tavern. Ground, air, building, and everyone within, moves onward. And the tavern has always arrived perfectly in its new location, as if scouted ahead by some unseen surveyor.

“Last call before Slide,” she calls out. “If you’re not coming with, it’s time to bail.”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 21, 2020, 11:03:51 PM
Aisling sits in a quiet corner of the room with a barely touched tankard of ale on the table in front of her.  She stares blankly ahead of her, eyes half-closed, her dark hair obscuring most of her face.  Her black clothes and her lack of expression does not lead anyone to believe she wants company, so people have left her alone so far.  She's new to the Tavern and hasn't bothered to find her way around. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 21, 2020, 11:39:15 PM
Mars was tired and just wanted a drink, a real drink for once, before calling it a night. Being an angel was tough work, and it'll be even tougher now that he quit. I guess they don't call it quitting when you're an angel. They call it falling. Falling from Grace perhaps? But when it seems saner on the dirt than it does in the clouds, well then maybe it should be called something else. Something like plunging... tumbling... or sliding?

Sliding, that's what attracted Mars to the Sliding Tavern. Maybe he'll call himself a Sliding Angel. He has retained some of his powers. His wings are intact but invisible unless needed and typically hidden under his waistcoat. He no longer has his flaming sword but hasn't used it in so long that it wouldn't have helped him anyways. Angels are gender-less but he has always preferred masculine pronouns even though his style is a bit more androgynous in tailored menswear.

Much like his namesake, Mars was a warrior angel that did the Archangel Michael's bidding. That was all well and good 2,000 years ago when times weren't simpler and answers seemed to be black and white. However now all he could see was the grey, the spectrum between black and white that humans existed in. The only thing Heaven adopted in this brave, new world was the bureaucracy of a DMV. It was no longer about saving souls but getting your numbers up and filling out the right forms.

Either way, Mars was exhausted and wanted to see if alcohol would have an effect on him. What to order though... he's heard of martinis, lagers, and old fashioned before but has no idea what they, or anything else for that matter, tastes like. Maybe he'll ask the bartender for a recommendation. He enters the bar and hears something about Last Call, maybe that's a drink he can order...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 22, 2020, 12:05:24 PM
Spring Break was over.  Leonie was driving north through the Hudson River Valley along US Route 9, heading back to Brakebills for the last quarter of her Fifth Year.  (She could have taken a portal there, but she was very fond of her fully restored 1968 Ford Mustang.)  Two and a half months, and she'd be a graduate of America's only official school for magicians.  A very exclusive group -- there were only seventeen people left in her class.

It's common for soon-to-be-graduates to feel both impatient and terrified, but for graduates of Brakebills, the problem is especially pronounced.  Unless you want to teach magic, there is no designated career path.  What is a magician to do?  The staff at Brakebills are really unhelpful in answering this question.  They always come back with "Whatever you want to do."  What if you don't know what you want to do?  Leonie was feeling the existential terror of too many choices: what if she made the wrong one?  How could there even be a right one, among so many? 

She didn't have to do anything at all, really.  A good magician could live off the stock market.  But she'd seen classmates go down that path, and where were they now?  Decadent, drug-addicted, alcoholic wreckage, half of them spoiled rotten and the other half suicidal.

The scenery sped by her car, all green fields and farmhouses and pretty tourist towns, patches of snow lingering here and there.  All mundane, all boring.  Until...

She nearly passed it, but it was so weird that she hit the brakes and pulled over fifty feet beyond.  A beautiful old Victorian house -- that in itself was not that strange, but... Leonie had been driving US route 9 back and forth for years and she definitely would have noticed something so striking before...if it had been there before.  It was set on its own, fairly big lot.  The front garden was... well, that was what had really caught her eye.  It was the middle of March in Upstate New York, and the garden was full of flowers -- roses and peonies and things that would never bloom, outside of Brakebills or a hothouse, until June.  An old-fashioned hanging sign said "The Sliding Tavern."  So it was open to the public...

She put the Mustang in reverse and backed up along the shoulder to the garden gate.  There was a man walking up the path toward the front door.  He was tall, slim-hipped, wide-shouldered, his  suit well-tailored -- somehow she knew, even seeing him from the back, that he'd be insanely good-looking.

Leonie parked on the grass border and scrambled out.  Quickly, she ran through a couple of practiced hand gestures and a few words in Sanskrit.  Then she looked through a diamond-shaped lens made by her fingers at the house, and at the man.  Her mouth dropped open.  As he disappeared through the front door, she grabbed the backpack from the passenger seat, slammed the car door and scrambled after him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 22, 2020, 01:57:35 PM
The demoness appraised the stranger with a slow measured gaze as he entered the tavern. He was tall, beautiful, and confident, to the point of being downright angelic. Amazingly though, her sixth sense picked up no male horniness. She’d bet dollars to donuts that this person was no ordinary man, or man at all. Not that that was unusual for the Sliding Tavern; It had a tendency to draw the extraordinary like moths to the flame.

“Hello, stranger,” called out Red, “and welcome. First drink is on the house.”

The Sliding Tavern looked like a large victorian manor, and the barroom comprised of what was the entrance foyer and living area. Someone with a good eye of space would notice that there was more room to the room than there aught to be, but it was subtle, and unless you really looked, it wasn’t blatant. The whole place was like that, and actually become more noticeable the further one explored. The upper floors in particular had way too many rooms to possibly fit in what could be seen from the outside.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 22, 2020, 04:06:08 PM
The cat, a ginger tom slightly on the hefty (ahem big-boned) side, peeked around the trunk of the maple tree.  He didn't quite fit completely behind the trunk, but enough he thought others wouldn't notice him.  He rubbed his head and neck against the bark, the braided leather necklace with the unassuming charms attached tinkling faintly in his ears.  The two small silver trinkets, a cat's head and a cat's-eye encased in silver strands, briefly flashed in the light before he ducked back around the tree.  He was lost, and while the charms would let him speak to a human, he was wary of approaching any. 

He watched first a male go inside then a female human start up the walkway.  He was tired and hungry.  He wasn't even sure where he would ask directions to!  His mistress had died a few months ago and he had been thrown out by some people who had come and taken everything from the house.  He had tried to go back a couple times but been dumped out the door rather unceremoniously.  He had been walking since, well wandering really.  After the female human went up the steps he darted after her, slipping through the door as it closed behind her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 22, 2020, 04:42:15 PM
Mars looked confidently around the bar and heard the bartender welcome someone. He looked around and realized she was talking to him. Shit, he thought. He was used to not being seen unless he wanted to be seen. Is this what mortals feel like, exposed and vulnerable all the time? Unable to hide or disappear on a whim.

Like a burst balloon, he felt his confidence slipping away as he started questioning all his life choices. Mars knew there was be some differences when giving up his immorality but he didn't think that he was going to trade it for anxiety! Is this Free Will? Free will, free drink… first drink is free. Damn, mortals are also concerned with currency. He didn't have any money, never needed it before either when he had all of his powers.

Mars looked back at the door he just came through and questioned whether or not he should just leave when someone else came in right after him and essentially blocked his exit.

Now he really needs that drink. He decides to follow the lady behind him to the bar and order a beer. He needs some time to figure out which powers he still has and which ones are gone completely.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 22, 2020, 10:49:44 PM
Leonie didn't notice the cat until it ran in the door between her legs and made her start.  But it was a cat, so, whatever.  Presumably it belonged here. 

The man who'd gone in ahead was looking back at her, and yes, by damn, he was insanely good-looking.  Well, classically good-looking.  Perfect.  A Michelangelo.  But what was really interesting was his expression.  It was familiar, she'd seen it on the faces of her classmates and her own face in the mirror lately.  He looked lost.  Shell-shocked.  Like he had no more idea what to do with himself than she did.

The Tavern's front room was, as advertised, a tavern.  Really cool old-fashioned mahogany bar, thoroughly Victorian.  The woman behind the bar was...  Leonie found herself blushing, a small voice in her said saying wow. 

And there was, of course, that one person in every bar who has to have his back, or in this case her back, to a corner.  Mysterious and sullen and all in black, like a female Strider.

Leonie herself looked a punk dandelion.  She was skinny and pale and had a shock of white-blonde hair that she had cut medium-short and carefully disheveled so that she could pretend she came from the set of The Labyrinth.  She wore black too: leather jacket and torn jeans and Doc Martins.  It looked pretentious on her -- especially when anyone saw her expensive car -- but it had  heft and was authentically work-worn in places because Leonie maintained that car herself.  Unknown to her, she still had a little smudge of real engine grease on her cheek and a trace of it under her nails from when she'd checked the fluids that morning.

"Uh, hi," she said, closing the door behind her.  Cleared her throat nervously, moved to the bar, and addressed the bartender.  "So... this is, like... real TARDIS shit, right?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 23, 2020, 02:23:16 AM
The figure with an elven build and a silver beard felt the familiar psychic rumble of a coming shift in the space time continuum. He saw a young woman with that familiar air of magic heading toward the front door of a Victorian Tavern and hoped she knew what she was doing and headed quickly after her. This world of concrete and machines had not been kind to him and he had been looking for a way out for awhile. This looked like his best option.

Hurrying through the door, he quickly surveyed the scene, and announced, "Hello. You may call me Longboat. I am looking for a ride."

Longboat looked almost like he was wearing normal business clothes. But the shoes were too soft and pointy. The grey pants were too skinny and the grey overcoat was too big. He was wearing a scarf on his head, had smooth skin, ancient eyes, and was just rough enough around the edges, as though he couldn't decide if he was a fairy, a 19th century magician, or a pirate.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 23, 2020, 05:39:57 AM
Aisling knew from the bartender's call that a slide was happening soon.  That, and the commotion made by several beings suddenly entering the Tavern, distracted her from Dreamwalking.  This stop had been uneventful.  Despite the presence of magical creatures in the world, none of the dreams she quickly skimmed through were those of the Dark Queen's Hunters. 

Stumbling upon this strange Tavern had been a stroke of incredible fortune.  After so long in darkness, after nearly being caught many a time by the relentless servants of the Unseelie Court, it was about time for a sliver of luck in her favor.  Of course, it was possible for Hunters to track her, even to this unusual and far from stationary edifice, or they could just stumble upon it by mischance.  So, without moving, Aisling studied the newcomers through the hair hanging over her face. 

None had the air of Dark Fae, although one looked like he might be fae.  None were non-magical humans.  Perhaps the Tavern didn't attract those without some magic? 

Aisling allowed herself a small sigh of relief.  Her glamour, presenting herself as an anti-social, young, mostly-human (but with small points to her ears) goth/SCA escapee, was firmly in place.  It wouldn't work for any fae or magic user who was more powerful than she was, but she was unusually good at glamours and a few other things.  Hopefully the slide would happen before anyone else entered.  Being in one place too long was never going to be a good thing.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 23, 2020, 08:40:27 AM
Sir Tikk, aka Sir Tikk Tokk Tickles-A-Lot (his mistress had a...odd sense of humor) hoped he hadn't tripped the woman as he darted in.  His mistress thought he did it on purpose at times, but those times he was happy to be near her.  He twined himself among some empty chair legs along the wall and up to where he could do a couple jumps and get on the bar to look around.

Oh my, quite the...well...crowd? Seemed to be gathering.  This was much more interesting than his time with mistress.  His mistress had been older and ill towards the end.  He knew she was dead, but he didn't like admitting it.  She talked a lot about her younger days in a coven, he didn't know really what that was, but he did know it had gifted him the ability to talk with the necklace she gave him as a kitten.  She had died earlier than she was supposed to; she had specifically chosen him because their death dates (a blessing and curse she had said once) were near each other and while ill she had been nowhere near death's door.  No, something else had taken her from him, something that had thankfully not seemed to be interested in him.

Well, this was sure to be interesting!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 23, 2020, 11:37:28 AM
Red watches the influx of people with a raised eyebrow. Last call indeed. As the women scoots  past the momentarily dazed stranger and saddles up to the bar, the demoness smiles. This one, this one is definitely a women. Tomboy-ish, but that’s how Red likes them. Truth be told, the women could be the paragon of cupcakes and frilly dresses and Red would think that’s how she likes them, male or female. Anyone who’s willing to stand outside the norm, in whichever direction, is an attraction to the innkeeper.

“There was a lady here a few months ago who kept on and on about a Tardis, but then she jumped off on a world that had a bunch of huge metal discs flying high …”

She’s trails off as a rather odd fellow, or at least oddly dressed fellow, bursts in and introduces himself. Red idly pets the ginger cat that has jumped up on the bar, not quite registering that this is a new cat.

Last call indeed.

Outside, the air begins to cloud, first near the edges of the tavern, then slowly spreading out across the grounds.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 23, 2020, 12:55:46 PM
Longboat looked at the young goth female in the corner. She was hiding something. Much of this tavern was not as it appeared, but this made him feel more comfortable. Even if he had lost the ability to perform them, he still understood glamours and illusions better than the mass mechanization and empirical philosophy of the world he had been trapped in for too long.

He walked over toward the goth female and, staying at a respectful distance said, "you look like you need a cheer up. And we can all use some traveling music," he added as he gestured to the rest of the room, and began to recite 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,' (about the Green Man and sunrise on the Summer Solstice) in a lilting if stilted voice, confident that he would finally find an appreciative audience in this oddball group.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 23, 2020, 01:54:10 PM
Sir Tikk pushed his head up against the palm stroking him head.  This was nice, he hadn't been pet in...well a bit now.  As the last man in started telling a story he let out a soft and appreciative meow.  He had enjoyed story time with his mistress.  It had started as a bid to expand his vocabulary but continued well past that need and both had found comfort in the activity.  He generally dozed during them wrapped in a warm blanket, but he could still feel her talking.  Slowly he laid down sphinx style , tucking his paws un der his chest and his eyes slowly closing to slits.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 23, 2020, 03:36:06 PM
Leonie was getting excited and distracted.  There were too many new things and people to pay attention to, especially when the second man came in.  He was strange and beautiful, but there was beginning to be an excess of strange and beautiful in here.  Hard to pay all of it the attention it deserved. 

However, since he had gone to the trouble of introducing himself, she responded, "Um, hi.  I'm Leonie Farrow."  Because there was clearly magic here, it was safe to assume some of them had heard of Brakebills, so she added, "Physical Kid.  Fifth Year," and then  switched her attention back to the drop-dead gorgeous bartender.  "Oh, my God, really?  This place...goes to other worlds? Like  Middle-Earth?  Or Fillory?"

Since she no longer had her True Sight spell going, she was unable to see the next person who appeared in the Tavern.  In fact, only the angel Mars and the demon Red, plus anyone else with a magical ability to see into the Etheric Plane was able to see or hear him.

There was a column of sparkling light and the Angel Remiel, who is set over Those Who Rise, materialized in front of Mars.  Remiel was a proud, stern-looking, well-muscled angel with very dark skin, clad in glittering armor.  He had a sword at his side and another one -- Mars' own sword, to be exact -- in his hand.

Remiel was just about to address Mars when he suddenly noticed Red.  An expression of hostility and revulsion crossed his handsome face and he all but hissed at her, before looking back at Mars. 

"Brother," he said in a sad, yet commanding voice, "do not leave us.  It is not too late.  You can be forgiven.  You can come back to the Father, and to Michael's army.  Do not succumb to the world's blandishments.  Do not consort with the enemy," he said, with another hate-filled glare at Red.  "Return."  He offered Mars the sword, hilt-first.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 23, 2020, 05:17:32 PM
It sure is awkward running into old co-workers. Especially when you didn't just burn bridges but also your key card that lets you through St. Peter's Pearly Gates. Mars had just sat down at the bar when he noticed an ice cold Lager in front of him He didn't recall it being there before he sat down and he didn't notice it being placed in front of him either.

He was about to take his first sip of beer when "Always Right" Remiel showed up. Remiel was one of those angels that no one liked because he always did was he was told and never questioned the Almighty or Michael. Really, Remiel even thought that platypuses were a good idea. Sure they're cute and all but seriously what was God thinking?

Mars knew the bartender was a demon but she also didn't treat him any differently than any other patron at the bar. He felt this would be a safe place for the time being. Safer than Heaven when they figure out he also stole The List with him when he left. The List was only readable when in the presence of a flaming sword.

And now his flaming sword in front of him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 23, 2020, 05:30:28 PM
"Oh my," said Longboat as he turned back to the young goth lady. "In spite of what seems to be a rather touching motivation, my experience tells me that someone who would teleport into a shifting space is always more trouble than they are worth. And I hope," he added as he headed her direction, "that you will not take excessive offense if I cower behind  your strategically placed table while these distinguished gentlemen conclude their touching reunion."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 23, 2020, 05:43:32 PM
Sir Tikk stood suddenly at the interruption, took one look at the man with a sword in his hand and dived behind the bar and Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 23, 2020, 06:37:02 PM
Mars knew he might only have one shot at getting his sword back. For all his rule-abiding, Remiel was actually a pretty strong fighter. If Remiel knew, what Mars was up to, he would have not spoken any words before cutting Mars in half.

 Mars was able to flounder out, "Well old pal… nice to see you again too. Can you remind me again what is rule 3,142 in the Angel's handbook?"

Remiel, taken aback by the blunt question, handed Mars his flaming sword so he could reach into his back pocket to retrieve his Angel's Handbook, and turn to the appropriate page.

Remiel read out loud, "Angels shall not frighten cats because they could summon….."

And then he was gone.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 23, 2020, 08:06:18 PM
The moment the archangel arrived Red started heating up. Her skin grew dark and her eyes turned red.

“You are not welcome here,” she stated. She knew the tavern was about to slide, and as an astral being, he wasn’t really considered ‘here’ in a magical-anchoring sense. Once the slide occurred he’d be left behind. Still, she hated it when beings popped into her tavern. It just wasn’t proper.

And then sure enough, the slide happened, and he was gone. Red sighed with relief. She seriously doubted she could have gone toe-to-toe with such a powerful angel. Plus she could have inadvertently burned down the whole freaking tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 23, 2020, 08:40:46 PM
"Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong
And the birds were silent, as they listened for the heavenly music
And the river played the song..."

Leonie heard this snatch of a Van Morrison song that Longboat was, for some reason, reciting -- rather well, she had to admit -- and then suddenly he broke off, the cat jumped off the bar, the bartender turned beet red and hostile, and everyone seemed to be staring at... well, at the handsome man she had followed inside.  No, not at him, but at something right next to him.  Leonie backpedaled away from the bar and fumbled through her True Seeing spell as fast as she could.  She was just in time to spot the angel before he disappeared.

Remiel reappeared two seconds later, looking absolutely furious, and this time, his flaming sword was drawn and pointed at Mars.  "Very funny, you miscreant!" he started to say. 

And then the Tavern slid.  He vanished again, looking quite put out.

With her mouth hanging open, Leonie charged up a quick ward-and-shield, slightly too late. 

"What just happened?" she asked the room at large.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 23, 2020, 08:58:36 PM
"Is it safe?" Sir Tikk meowed from behind Red's ankles?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 23, 2020, 10:51:17 PM
Aisling just raised an eyebrow at the bard's request.  She wasn't about to stop him from singing nor cowering, if he pleased, but neither would she be encouraging more interaction. 

She watched as two angelic beings confronted each other.  She'd seen a bit of the wider world since escaping captivity, but hadn't seen beings like those two before; she had only heard rumors.  Having one pop through the door and another appear and then disappear was disconcerting.  Hopefully the Hunters had no such ability to come and go so easily from the Tavern or she'd truly have no rest. 

She doubted there would be any more newcomers once the slide began.  She wondered what would happen if she had to make a sudden exit at this point?  Would she disappear into nowhere?  Or would she not be allowed to leave at all?  She'd been through a number of slides, but not enough to see anyone test it. 

As the fog rose, she allowed herself to sit back a little and listen to the unfamiliar human song.  Although she was no judge, the voice was easy enough on the ears.  He also must be more perceptive than average, because she might not look like someone another could safely shelter behind, even though she might have a decent chance, even against angelic beings... or maybe not.  Or perhaps he was just a smooth-talker, like his singing voice?  Either way, he was doomed to be disappointed.  She was not in the habit of shielding strangers, nor falling under the spell of a golden tongue.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 23, 2020, 10:56:15 PM
Mars was surprised that Remiel didn't know rule 3,142 off the top of his head since Mars was the reason for it. Mars had found an orphaned kitten and although it was not against the rules to have a cat in heaven, it was an unspoken, bad idea. You know how cats want to go outside just to be let back in? That's what cats do between the good and evil forces, they tightrope between the two as they see fit. Typically most angels just pretend cats don't exist and cats don't care about angel's opinion anyways.

One day, Mars accidentally stepped the cat's tail and it transformed into a demon. Mars was in his bathrobe, unarmed, and reached for the nearest semblance of a weapon, his toothbrush. He recited a quick prayer to make the toothbrush an instrument of God, when the demon spoke.

"Wait, I just need to ask one question, where is Camael?"

"What do you mean, where is he? He's with you, he fell months ago. It was announced in the quarterly meeting."

"He's not with us."

"He has to be with you or elsewhere would he go?"

"That's what I'm trying to figure out."

Just then, an angelic force bust down the door and when Mars looked back, the demon was gone.

The angelic governance decided to make a rule, but it had to be worded in a way that it would not upset cats or else they would have made a fierce enemy. Of course, since that rule was created, they are now up to 5,362 rules so who can blame Remiel for not knowing all of them.

Mars turned to address the room, "Eh, sorry about that. Next round is on me."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 24, 2020, 12:12:27 AM
Meanwhile, as the Sliding Tavern slid into its new world, a pirate ship was nearing its destination…

Black Bart looked at down at the map, then up at the horizon, and back at the map. Yeah, that’s the island all right, right where it’s supposed to be. The tall, muscled equine rolled the map up and then called up to the crow’s nest.

“Scaren! What do ye see?”

The avian crow looked through a spyglass and called back. “Jungle, a small bay, and some fog!”

“Fog?” Retorted Bart.

“Yeah, fog, but it’s clearing.”

Bart frowned and turned to his first mate, Joetian. “Fog? Does he mean smoke?” The air about the brigantine and the tropical island was clear, a beautiful sunny day. How could there be fog?

“Haven’t the foggiest,” replied the canine, giving his usual wolfish grin.

The captain glowered at his first. “Well, head for the lagoon. The map says treasure be there. Fog or no fog.”

“Aye aye, Cap’tn,” saluted the anthropomorphic wolf.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 24, 2020, 09:39:32 AM
"Unless your brother decides to show back up, this looks like a reasonable destination," said Longboat stepping forward, and nodding toward Mars. "Lovely weather, and the smell of salt air; do you have much control over your destination?" he asked red, but turned to head over to a window like an excited toddler before she could answer.

"The sun was bright upon the hill,
the scent of sea my nostrils fill
Upon the bay my eye alights
and calls me to the sea's delights"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 24, 2020, 11:22:12 AM
As Red’s skin dropped below oven temperatures, she looked down at the cat. “You are no ordinary cat, are you?”

She then turned to the barroom full of new guests. “Due to the rather suddenness of arrivals, I haven’t yet properly introduced myself. I am Red, the proprietress of this establishment, The Sliding Tavern.” She indicates the surroundings with a flourish.

“This tavern moves from place to place, from one time to another. And no, I do not control her. Normally, I would warn people who are here to leave before the slide, but many of you arrived mire moments before it was to occur, leading me to believe you all are at least somewhat aware of what you were getting into by coming here. If not, I am sorry, you are no longer in upstate New York at the beginning of the 21st century. You are now here. Whatever and whenever here is.”

For those who look, the tavern now sits just above the high tide mark in a smallish lagoon on a tropical beach. The sea is a brilliant blue and very clean. There is no sign of consumer trash or other ‘unnatural’ waste or industry. The property upon which the tavern sits has come along as well, and Leonie’s mustang sits just inside the sand line, looking quite the anathema.

There is a two masted tall ship out on the water, still several hundred yards out, not bigger than a thumb’s nail of an outstretched hand.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 24, 2020, 02:55:16 PM
"Ermm...normal is as normal does..." Murmured Sir Tikk as Red finished talking.  He figured she probably heard him anyway.  He hadn't meant to ask the question out loud but his life had been relatively sedate (minus the whole getting booted out of the house bit) so he had been quite startled by the sword.  Intrigued now that the brouhaha had died down he jumped back up on the bar and began trying to look out various nearby windows or doors while sniffing the air.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 24, 2020, 03:17:32 PM
"Wait -- what?" Leonie whipped around as the sea breeze came through the window, along with a dramatic shift in the direction and quality of the sunlight.  "Oh, my God!"  She glared at Red.  "You --  you fucking kidnapped me?"

She remained quiet, though white-faced, through the rest of Red's explanation.  Then she said, "Oh, my God," again, and sat down heavily in a chair not far from Aisling.  "Oh, my God, I can't believe I was so stupid."   How many times had she yawned her way through one of Dean Fogg's lectures on the dangers of magic?  How many times had she seen older classmates come back from Fillory practically dismembered?

"Isn't there a way back?  Oh, God.  My parents.  My friends.  My school!  I'm going to miss last quarter!  I'm not going to graduate!"  She sounded not far from hysteria.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 24, 2020, 06:17:16 PM
“Sounds like you need a drink,” replied Red to the distraught woman. She grabs a dusty bottle, “topics call for rum,” she mutters as the demoness pours a double-shot for Leonie and another for herself. “Look on the bright side." She hands the glass over. "You couldn’t have asked for more interesting mates to be stuck with." She raises her glass. "Cheers!"

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 24, 2020, 07:10:08 PM
Mars heard the distraught female and sympathized. One man's paradise can be another one's hell. He knew that well enough. As for himself, he could feel it was different here. In the air, maybe. He felt freer than he had in a long time.  It was high time he finished his beer. He took the pint glass, still cold and wet with condensation, and guzzled the rest of the bitter liquid.

"I'll take some rum as well, when in Rome!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 24, 2020, 08:09:23 PM
Sir Tikk's ears did a round of pivoting with all the talking before settling into their normal position.  Sitting down he turned to face down the bar's length with all the drinks and people.  "So, now what?" He asked. 

A new place that was not Earth.  It sounded interesting...intriguing even.  A distraction from his grief.  "How long will we be here?" He mused as he turned to look at the front door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 24, 2020, 10:16:39 PM
Some distance away, aboard a ship, there were a few crew who took advantage of some empty out of the way space and had slung hammocks to catch some sleep.  Their dreams were odd; definitely not Dark Fae. 

Aisling sensed no immediate threat.

She relaxed a little more, which meant that she settled back a small fraction and took a sip from the tankard in front of her.   New people and places only slightly interested her, but she appreciated the entertainment value in different scenery around the Tavern and the little dramas of whomever stumbled in and out.  It was mildly entertaining, better yet, it was informative, and information was always useful. 

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 24, 2020, 10:19:22 PM
Longboat suddenly stopped reciting verse and said, "wait-what?" Turning around to look at Leonie he added, "You did NOT want to leave that toxic chemical dump? I must be loosing my perception. I saw you marching toward the door surrounded by a very competent aura of magic, and I thought 'If she is confident heading into the obviously coming time slip, I should take this opportunity to leave as well.' I guess either I am going blind, or you are a too young to realize your full power.

"oh, and cheers," he said looking at Red. Didn't someone offer to buy me a drink?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 24, 2020, 10:53:00 PM
“Tis a house!” Shouted Scaren.

“What?!” Bellowed Bart.

“A house, and barn and there be something else.”

“A what?!”

“A cannon maybe? Canna tell what it be.”

The captain grunts and takes out his own spyglass to train on the shore. Sure enough. A house. English mansion type of place, with a barn behind it. And something dark green and squarish in front of the house. Hard to tell at this distance what it is. Not quite a cannon, not quite a wagon. A ballistae of some sort? And no sign of movement, but it certainly doesn't look abandoned.

The lagoon is obviously too shallow for the Nightmare. They would have to use the longboats. “Draw close and drop anchor,” he instructs the helmsman. They’ll find out soon enough if there's anyone about and if that strange object is or is not a siege weapon.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 24, 2020, 11:10:08 PM
Leonie proved that she hadn't learned anything from her recent mistake by grabbing the rum Red offered and tossing it back without even activating an anti-Roofies charm.  Leonie wasn't just feckless, she had actually failed to show up the day they were handing out feck.

The double shot made her flush and gasp.  Then she glared at Longboat in an uncertain way.  She couldn't tell if she had been complimented or insulted.  "Toxic? -- it was my home! and what do you mean, obvious?"  With another glower at Red, she added, "This place is open to the public!  You ought to have a warning sign up!"

She was afraid she was about to start crying, or yelling.  Doing either of those would probably alienate the people she was now stuck with, so she handed back the empty glass, got up and stalked out the front door instead.  She headed toward her car, relieved to see it was still there, thinking it would be a good place to get over herself in private. 

But a clearer sight of the ship approaching gave her pause.  She grabbed her phone and used the camera's zoom feature to focus on the flag it was flying.

Then she was heading back inside the Tavern as fast as she could.  "Guys?  Um, guys?  There's a pirate ship headed this way!"

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 25, 2020, 08:16:25 AM
Sir Tikk perked up at the words pirate ship.  Stories with those in them were always fun!  But...this wasn't a story, was it?  Jumping down he darted through everyone's legs and out the front door only to stop in wonder.  So.Much. Water.  And...oh...saaaand!  Running to the edge of the property , just past the maple tree, he glanced at the horizon before stepping into the sand.  After a moment's hesitation he slowly fell to one side and rolled in the warm sand happily, eventually stopping with all feet in the air.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 25, 2020, 06:42:58 PM
"By obvious, I mean that I sometimes forget that I see things others don't. My apologies and I meant no offense, other than that you are young, which I understand to be a compliment where you are from. As for toxic. I understand your love of home, as I also miss my home with all of its flaws." Longboat got a far away look in his eyes, then snapped back. "We may want to consider how we want to welcome our pirate guests before they get here."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 25, 2020, 07:45:38 PM
Red watched the woman head towards the door as she poured a couple more doubles, plus refilling her own. “I think I caught her name,” she gestured, “as Leonie."

"And you my dear,” she walks over to the elven gentleman, “are Longboat, correct?” She handed him a drink. She then stepped over to the angel, handed him the drink, and raised her own. “But I don’t have yours.”

Upon which Leonie returns with the news of impending pirates.

“I probably should get out more rum."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 25, 2020, 09:31:15 PM
Mars realized he has been so concerned with himself that he never bothered to introduce himself. Maybe he's closer to being a human than an angel now!

"Ahem, pardon me everyone. I apologize about earlier but it looks like there's not much time for pleasantries," Mars spoke as he stood up, somewhat inebriated.

"My name is Mars and, and as you may have already guessed, I am no longer an angel, but I also don't know what I am. For what it's worth, I've lived through centuries on Earth and at one point we had pirates so I am confident that they won't give us much trouble. The pirates I knew were much more concerned with something called "boobies" or whatever. I think if we just hold tight, they'll go away on their own," Mars explained, as confidently as someone who has had too much to drink.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 25, 2020, 10:26:15 PM
Pirates.  She'd heard that term somewhere, but couldn't quite place it. 

Aisling wondered what sort of defenses the Tavern had, or would it just slide to another place if threatened? 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 25, 2020, 10:48:59 PM
"You may look a demoness, but you act the saint," said Longboat as he raised his glass to Red. "As for the pirates, I recommend we spend a moment pondering a plan B, on the off chance they prove more insistent than your previous experience," he added toward Mars.

"His sword was long, his lance was keen,
his shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven's field
were mirrored in his silver shield."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 25, 2020, 11:43:16 PM
No one seemed very worried about the pirates.  Only Longboat thought it might be necessary to fight them.  Even the cat just ambled out toward the sand.  Red and Mars were more interested in alcohol, and the Goth chick... never seemed to do or say anything.

"Technically, I think you can only be an angel or a fallen angel," Leonie said to Mars, recalling her Fourth Year liturgical magic class.  "But what do I know, I never met a real angel before.  And if the other guy was typical, I don't want to meet any more."

She chuckled at Longboat's verse.  "Did all that bling make him a better fighter, Gramps?"  She cracked her knuckles.  "I learned Magic Missile last quarter," she offered.  "Yes, we named it after the Dungeons and Dragons edition, don't laugh."

She peeked out at the ship, which was closer now, anchored, and lowering longboats (hah!) into the water.  "Maybe I better move my car..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 26, 2020, 09:49:33 AM
"It made him believe in himself, and he was invincible...   ...well, for that battle. Unfortunately I am well past believing in myself, and my bling is getting threadbare," added Longboat a bit sadly, as he hesitantly took off his coat. Then after a pause he said, "I don't think your car is useful here, and I would not let the pirates see you move it, or they may want it. And Magic Missiles sounds like perfect cover fire.

"I am going to go assess them before they land, and I don't think it would hurt to have some flamberge wielding back up, even if I am hopeful you are correct," he said to Mars.

"Would you do me the kind honor of stashing my coat behind the bar?" he asked Red, laying it slowly and gingerly on the end of the bar, and he turned to head out toward the beach.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 26, 2020, 07:47:24 PM
I guess when you're immortal, you don't worry about silly things like pirates, pandemics, or philosophy. Some important things are piety, priests, and penguins. Because penguins are cute.

Mars realized he was using his flaming sword as a cane for support and thought it was probably a good idea to put it away. He picked it up and swung it behind his back and it seemed to automatically enter an unseen sheath that hide it and made it look like a backpack he was now wearing

"Why is it that angels are considered "fallen" when they are no longer fighting an unwinnable war but demons can be and do whatever they want? Red doesn't seem to be a part of The War and you wouldn't call her a "Risen Demon" would you?" Mars asked to no one in particular.

"Who wants to go out and meet our new friends?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 26, 2020, 08:59:32 PM
Aisling was surprised that the angelic being and the singer looked like they were going to head out to confront the pirates.  She supposed it was a fair enough assumption that the pirates were up to no good.  They might be some kind of seafaring bandits, if she was remembering correctly.  And most creatures were usually fearful, violent, or even downright cruel, it seems.  But the pirates could have just started firing cannons, couldn't they, if they were set on thieving? 

Not my battle, she thought, unless they wish to destroy the Tavern sheltering her.  She wasn't useful for negotiation or a first line of defense, so she might as well sit back a bit more and wait.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 26, 2020, 10:14:20 PM
Longboat stopped, spun around and said to Red, "War is expensive, and I was wondering if your store of rum would permit you to contribute a bottle to our negotiations...   ...I unfortunately am not in a position to cover such an expense and I fully understand if you do not offer such an extravagant service."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 27, 2020, 12:00:30 AM
Red isn’t all too pleased at being called a saint, but she gives it a pass. To Mars she says, “Angels are Law, Demons are Chaos.”

She then watches as Longboat and Leonie get ready to go confront the pirates. She raises an eyebrow, grabs another bottle of rum, and then walks over to the Elf.

“Here you go. Try not to be too heroic,” she gives him a peck on the cheek. The demoness looks to to Leonie, “And you, please come back in one piece, one delicious piece.”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 27, 2020, 02:37:24 PM
"Red is a demon?" Leonie said, casting a glance at the comely bartender.  It explained her color shifting, anyway.  "Let's shelve the theological debate for later, huh?"

She blushed hard at Red's compliment and laughed nervously.  "I'm trying to focus here.  This is not the time to make me question my heterosexuality!"  But she had a shy, pleased smile for the demoness on her way out the door.

She trailed Longboat and Mars as they headed for the beach, but stopped at her Mustang.  "I'll use this for cover and start shooting if you get in trouble," she promised, and squared off into her spellcasting stance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 27, 2020, 03:32:14 PM
Sir Tikk lazily watched the group exit and headed to the beach and split up.  This looked to be interesting.  After a few moments consideration and soaking up of rays he rolled over, shook himself and trotted over to the woman behind the car.  The more prudent location he was sure.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 27, 2020, 03:41:32 PM
"The angels will always see you as 'Fallen' because they only see black and white," Longboat said to Mars as they headed toward the beach. "Now you are free to present yourself as any color you want, and us non-angels will judge you by where you are going rather than where you are coming from. Now let's go be as gentle and pleasant as we can to people who may not return the courtesy."

"welcome, welcome, don't be cross,
Into the bay, your anchor toss
From the longboats, happy and light,
All together, a beautiful sight"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 27, 2020, 09:09:40 PM
“Looks like there’s two heading out to meet us Captain,” commented a sharper-eyed mustalid crewman. “Plus one hanging out behind the green thing, and ain’t none of them look normal. Like they’ve been shaved or somet’n.”

The captain and four crew had the forward longboat, followed by six in the other. Some had muskets, some had pistols, and all had sabers.

The massive black equine stood at the prow, scowling. “Any weapons?” He didn’t like the look of any of this.

“None that I can see, Captain.”

“Wizards, mostly likely then.” The pirate hated wizards. Always doing weird stuff and never the right way. He looked back at his wizard, a small white male lapine. “What say you, Cornelleous? Think they be wizards?”

The mage shrugged and drooped his ears. “They are like nothing I’ve seen before Sir.”

As the longboat hit sand the seven foot captain stepped out of the boat and waded to shore. The other crew jumped out and pulled the craft up onto the sand. They were still a hundred paces from Longboat and Mars.

“Follow me,” he told the four. He then gestured at the other boat to keep back and be ready.

He struck an impressive figure, basically a minotaur, except with a horse’s head instead of a bull’s. Breeches, a very large cutlass, a flint pistol, and a vest. His black mane billowed in the wind.

“What ho!” He called to the approaching men.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 27, 2020, 09:58:03 PM
" Ahoy good fellows. We are delighted at the absence of a Naval ensign on you boat. Can we welcome you with a swig of rum," shouted Longboat, holding the bottle aloft, and smiling as welcoming a smile as he could muster.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 28, 2020, 09:18:24 AM
Sir Tikk squinted under the car then jumped onto the hood.  "What...is that...I mean....it's....that can't be right...."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 28, 2020, 10:04:59 AM
Mars was contemplating Longboat's advice when he realized the pirates in front of them were not ordinary pirates. They had fur, hoofs, claws, and in addition, weapons like guns and swords.

Mars looked back at the tavern, then looked over to Longboat who had a tense smile, and considered his options. Then he shouted out:

"Ahoy thar hearties. We wish ye no harm. We be wonderin' where 'n when we be. Ye see our ship has landed here 'n we be tryin' t' get back galleon in time fer our scallywag's magic school graduation ye understand. If ye could point us in th' direction o' New York, we would be much obliged."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 28, 2020, 11:57:00 AM
"I was going to suggest that you might be laying it on a bit thick there, but this is definitely NOT who I was expecting, so your guess is as good as mine," Longboat stage whispered to Mars as they continued forward.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 28, 2020, 02:35:04 PM
Since she had a minute, Leonie broke her stance to scritch Sir Tikk behind the ears.  "Are you a Fillorian kitty?" she asked, since the only talking animals she'd ever heard were real came from Fillory. 

She faceplamed when she overheard Mars greeting the new arrivals.  "There isn't a pirate on this or any other planet who talks like that!"

Mention of other planets made her gasp as a sudden realization hit her.  "Oh, my God, this is another place!  Another time!"  She squinted at the approaching Furries and added, "Another planet!  The Circumstances are completely different!  My spell is going to be jacked!"  She looked around, trying to calculate, but it was futile.  "Does the planet even rotate in the same direction?  Does it have a moon?  What latitude are we at?" 

She was talking to the cat, since the others were now too far away to hear her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 28, 2020, 07:00:06 PM
The equine waved towards the tavern mates and continued forward.

“Look, Cornelleous, I think these guys be already finding the treasure and it included some sort of Genie-in-a-Bottle.” He glanced back at the Lapine. “It’s the only explanation how this mansion and stuff be here.”

Cornelleous nodded thoughtfully. He never contradicted his captain, regardless of the wackiness of his ideas.

“So, just keep an eye out, a wizard magic eye out, for a lamp, or a bottle, or even the Genie.”

“And until we know what’s be what,” he looked at the other two crew members, “let’s be real friendly like. No matter how ugly these hairless cretins look.”

“Arrr, yes,” he calls out as he nears Longboat and Mars. “Be that rum I be seeing? Ye know how to welcome a stranger, stranger.” He steps and bows. “I be one Black Bart, captain of the Nightmare,” he nods towards the ship. “And who might you be?”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 28, 2020, 10:57:11 PM
Curiosity could get you killed, but knowledge could save you--or maybe still get you killed. 

Aisling didn't really need more rest.  She was doing that while sitting, staring into her ale.  So she moved, along with her drink, to the bar and took a seat.  She sat at one end, with her legs to the side so she could keep half an eye to the room.

"Barkeep, does this Tavern have defenses if these pirates attack?  Or is it up to those who just happen to be in it at the time?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 29, 2020, 08:37:50 AM
Sir Tikk rubbed his head against the finger scratches until they stop.  So short!  Didn't these people know how to give a real good scratching??!!  After the female's outburst he sat and calmly stated "Nope, just a...err...was...a familiar, I think that was the word my mistress used.  Until she was killed.  Oh and I have no idea on your other questions, sorry." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 29, 2020, 11:52:55 AM
The demoness, now standing at the stoop watching the welcoming party, glances back at Aisling. “We are the defenses of the tavern.”

Red steps out on the porch. She couldn’t hear the exchange, but it didn’t look like it was coming to blows. Good. Perhaps diplomacy, the proper application of alcohol, and good old fashioned seduction would be the tools of the day.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on March 29, 2020, 09:53:37 PM
He had been chasing an intruder, who had run into a house that had definitely not existed a few days ago. He had followed them inside, but had been evaded, and in the meantime he himself had gotten lost. The doors had magical barriers, he was certain, as he could not smash through the ones that had strange orbs instead of door handles that he hadn't been able to work. After several frustrating hours of getting nowhere, he had taken a nap in what seemed to be the basement, as he hadn't seen a window since he entered.

If he had been more perceptive, he might have believed that the strange house was leading him somewhere, as he ended up at a door with a lever handle that opened up to the bar. He was nearly four meters in height, so to fit through the door he had to turn on his side, one large clawed hand reaching in to grab at the floorboards and drag himself in, as this door wasn't willing to break for him either.

Rikerg looked much like a tall, endomorphic man with pale skin, though what was most striking about him was the black substance coating many parts of his body. His hands and feet looked like they had been dipped in black tar that had hardened into claws. There were dark veins of the substance on his face, his left eye blackened as well, he also had black tusks sticking out of his lower jaw and jagged horns on his head arranged to almost look like a crown that held back thin black hair.

Despite his bestial appearance, he was well dressed, wearing a black tunic over a white undershirt with puffed sleeves and black breeches. Rikerg's horns scraped against the doorframe as he pulled himself through it and into the mostly empty bar, growling with frustration as he did so. There was the scent of humans throughout the bar as well as other creatures, many of which he could not identify. He finally pulled himself in, and hunching over, he stared at Aisling, his nostrils flaring as he tried to figure out what she was.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on March 30, 2020, 08:03:06 AM
Mars looked over at Longboat somewhat smugly. He used to have the ability to communicate with any humans, no matter the language, dialect, or accent just by speaking. However the words that are coming out now were tuned to pirates in the 1600s, not wherever they were now.

Mars continued sounding pretty idiotic that the pirates started to think this hairless creature was rather crazy and no threat to them until he mentioned a dangerous enemy.

"I be Mars 'n I be a land siren. Here's some o' nelson's folly. Say, ye're nah out plunderin' are ye?"

Naturally, Mars' translator wasn't working correctly, he was trying to say angel or seraph and it came out as siren. The name of which spoken out loud, turned the pirate crew white, if you could see their skin under their fur, of course.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 30, 2020, 11:20:28 AM
Sir Tikk stood and sat a couple times.  "Is...do you think..everything is going ok?  Should I go check?  No, no those are might sharp ...weapons..and claws..and teeth...ok no, I'll wait."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 30, 2020, 12:21:52 PM
Red turned at the sound of claw scraping wood and looked back into the bar. She goggled at the sight, not because she hasn't seen frightening creatures before, on the contrary, there had been plenty back in hell, but to the sudden appearance of this one, in the bar and looking so, well, cursed.

Quickly assessing that the creature within is of greater importance and possible threat than the creatures without, the demoness strides purposely back into the bar.

"Hello and welcome," she calls out. "I am Red, the proprietress of this, The Sliding Tavern. And who might you be?" She stops at the center of the main bar area, bracing herself for the multitude of possible responses from this creature.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 30, 2020, 12:48:01 PM
Leonie was breathing fast, trying not to panic, and babbling what sounded like nonsense to the cat.  "Please take my drunk aunt home.  Altitude, Age, Position of the Pleiades, Phase of the Moon, and Nearest Body of Water.  Oh, God."

She ran through a series of finger exercises which seemed to calm her down.  "Okay.  It looks like high noon to me, that's easy.  And the temperature is obvious.  So the main thing missing is what direction we're facing.  Hey, cat, you don't happen to have an innate sense of direction, do you?  Which way is north?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on March 30, 2020, 03:45:02 PM
Sir Tikk blinked over his shoulder at the babbling human.  "Oh North?  Uhm..yeah..actually, it's that way," he waves a paw vaguely North.  "And well, I think they look...ok.  No one has yelled, for help or in pain.  That's good!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on March 30, 2020, 03:57:57 PM
When Red turned and stared at him, he crouched down on all fours, his muscles tightening as he looked ready to pounce. As she spoke, however, the snarl on his face fell away and he looked surprised.

He had been to taverns before, but he had never been greeted as such, and he certainly had never been welcome in any. Rikerg could smell many things, but fear was not one of the scents within the bar. So he sat back on his haunches, keeping his claws on the floor as he cleared his throat.

"I am Rikerg." he answered, his voice was low and guttural. "You do not look red." He huffed at the air again, trying to figure out if Red was human or something else.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 30, 2020, 06:04:56 PM
Black Bart does not see how Mars could possibly be a 'land siren', what with being furless and all. Nor does he have any idea what a 'Nelson's Folly' is, but he steps up anyway and takes the proffered bottle. The Equine pours a rather large quaff down his gullet. "Rrraaarrbbb," he neighs, "That be the fire I be seeking." He hands the bottle back to Mars. "And just what is place, me hearties?" He places his hands on his hips and appraises the tavern and surrounding property.

His three crew members watch the bottle that has conspicuously not been passed to them.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on March 31, 2020, 03:19:49 AM
For a moment, Aisling thought the large humanoid creature with tusks and claws was a defender of the Tavern.  He stared at her, giving her a bit of a shock.  Was he a tool of the Hunters?  Or someone who just didn't like the looks of her?  But when he introduced himself to the barkeep, she didn't know what to think.  Perhaps he came in through a back entrance?  He didn't look like someone who would be living on a desert island...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on March 31, 2020, 11:14:19 AM
"This be the 'Sliding Tavern'," said Longboat. "Please forgive us if we miss your social cues, as we are just passing through."

"How long have you been at sea, and do you need water or careening?" continued Longboat. "We have just arrived here ourselves, but it looks like a bountiful isle."

"Would your crew like a swig as well?" Longboat gestured toward the bottle in Mars' hand
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 31, 2020, 09:57:39 PM
“Nice to meet you, Rikerg.” Red relaxes a bit. “I use the name Red because it’s much easier to say than my actual name, and because I have red hair.” She flicks at a bang with her finger. “But mostly I like the color.”

She walks over to the crouched beast. “Can I get you a drink? I have straws.”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on March 31, 2020, 10:08:10 PM

He shakes his head, and his mane flicks charismatically from one side to the other of his massive shoulders. “Na, they be getting their ration at six bells. Best not give them any more ta that, least they take a yard!” He curls his lips, showing off his large horse teeth.

“We be seeking tre…” starts the mustilid, but a sharp eye from Black Bart silences him.

“You’ve be just arrived?” The captain looks quizzically at Longboat. “Where be your ship?” He glances back at the water, as if to emphasize the lack of a ship.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on March 31, 2020, 10:46:43 PM
By the time Leonie had figured out the local Circumstances to be able to cast (she hoped) Magic Missile, it looked like there wasn't going to be any need for it.  So far there was just talking and rum-quaffing going on down there. 

So she picked up the cat -- "Cripes almighty, you're heavy!" -- put him on the warm, sunny hood of her car, and gave him petting and scritches at length and with due attention and care.  "What'd you say your name was?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 01, 2020, 12:03:34 AM
Realizing he had no better explanation than the truth, Longboat said, "Yes, well we have been travelling in this Tavern, and it slips from place to place in a manner that is beyond my understanding. I suppose in a process you might call magic. I think it's fine, as long as you are not inside when it makes its next move," he added thinking it might not hurt to dissuade them from lingering inside.

"The tavern slid from time to time,
From empirical banality, to sailors lime
The tallest of tales are sometimes true,
Even if the times are few"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 01, 2020, 09:04:18 AM
"I'm big-...ooooooooohhhhhh...yes..now proper...this...I mean...Sir Tikk..."  a loud purr burst forth and all other words were lost in the rumble as he went completely lax and his eyes rolled back.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 01, 2020, 11:19:10 AM
"What is your actual name?" He asked, now curious if he would be able to pronounce it. Her behavior toward him had been unexpectedly welcoming, and when she approached him, he leaned back like she had given him a fright.

Her new closeness allowed him to see her better, and her beauty along with her kindness had him flustered. He was sure that he heard her wrong, as he didn't know why anyone would offer him pieces of hay with a drink, but he was thirsty from his wandering in the house.

"Water." He answered. Then, thinking he should take a seat at a table, he moved to do that. Even though every table and seat at the bar was unnoccupied, he sat on the ground right next to Aisling at her table. He stared at her again, leaning in to sniff at her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 01, 2020, 06:00:32 PM
A slim young man with long blond curls cascading beyond his shoulders came down the stairs and entered the tavern portion of the house with an air of natural grace. At his heels trotted a small brown and white terrier with sparkling eyes, a terrier trait when they are looking for amusement/trouble (which is most of the time.) "Hey, Red," Peter said as he came around the corner, "I take it we Slid. I can totally smell the ocean."

Peter Cornelius  was dressed in a fitted purple and silver vest over a long-sleeved white blouse, and a pair of dove-grey slacks that looked painted on, with black knee-high boots finishing the ensemble. On his hands were a pair of black fingerless gloves. The dog spotted the strange being sitting near Aisling by the bar before Peter did, and let out a series of short, sharp barks, every hair along his spine standing straight up, though he didn't move from Peter's side.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 02, 2020, 02:18:22 AM
Aisling wondered why the horned being settled so close to her.  Was he one of the Tavern's defenders after all, and did she somehow look like she needed defending? 

Then another being came from somewhere within the Tavern.  Another defender?

She glanced outside.  It looked as if there was no violence going on, only words.  Perhaps the Tavern wasn't threatened and some of it's denizens were just coming out to the main room? 

Although this wasn't her first slide, she hadn't left the safety of the barroom to explore the Tavern, not knowing if that would get her kicked out for crossing some rule. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 02, 2020, 12:58:00 PM
"Well," smiled Red as she poured a glass of water and then started rooting under the bar counter, "demons generally don't like to give out their real names... it's a magic thing. Ah-ha!" she exclaimed, pulling out a dusty box of plastic drinking straws. Fingering one out she adds it to the glass and sets it in front of Rikerg. "Cheers!"

When Peter arrives Red smiles and steps over to give him a hug. "Peter! Good morning! Somebody's a late sleeper." She turns and indicates the large clawed one sitting on the floor. "This is Rikerg. He just arrived. And speaking of arrivals, we've had a rather sudden influx just before the slide. She nods towards the rather silent woman. "Peter, meet Aisling, she arrived a couple of slides ago but I think you were already upstairs when she did. The other new ones are outside being a greeting party to some possible pirates."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 02, 2020, 04:56:39 PM
"Apologies." he said, not pushing further to know her real name. "Thank you." He didn't drink the water immediately, instead pushing the straw around in it with a claw, trying to figure out what the plastic thing was. He was distracted from his investigating as several sharp barks were aimed at him, and he looked up to see that someone else had joined them.

A low growl started in his throat as he stood, putting his palms flat on the table as it grew to a full-blown snarl. He paused when Red greeted Peter and introduced them, but started up again, glaring at the man.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 02, 2020, 06:00:27 PM
Peter returned Red's hug with genuine affection, smiling over her shoulder at Aisling, then said curiously, "Wait, did you say... pirates?"

At that point the being introduced as Rikerg stood with a low rumbling growl, and Peter's eyes became almost comically wide. "Oh, my sweet zombie Jesus!" he squeaked. Rikerg was not only amazingly large, but was probably the most movie-monsterous being that had ever entered the tavern. He shushed the dog, who had not moved an inch from Peter's side. "Reggie, let the Wookie win." He swallowed a bit nervously, but managed, "A pleasure to meet you, sir."

Reggie quieted and sat, but his bright eyes remained fixed on Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 02, 2020, 06:32:49 PM
"You be sounding like a knowledgeable and valuable member of this here 'sliding tavern'," observed Black Bart of Longboat. He turned and nodded at the rabbit-man.

At that Cornelleous suddenly pulled out a wand and started invoking. A glowing ring appeared in the sand, circumscribing the captain, his four crew members, and Longboat. Mars is just outside the circle.

"Aye been noticed you be looking at my ship," the Equine told the elf. "Let me give ye a tour." He reaches for Longboat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 02, 2020, 06:43:30 PM
Leonie had been distracted by petting the cat, but she felt the sizzle and smelled the sort of fried ozone scent that she associated with magic.  She looked up to see a ward had been cast around the pirates and Longboat. 

"Eep!  They're a press gang!" she yelped, and shifted into her casting stance.  "Majikku Misairu!"  She did a weird, rapid twisting motion with both hands.  A brilliant white bolt of power shot from her fingertips and headed for the Lapine spellcaster like a flaming bullet.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 02, 2020, 07:56:54 PM
"Press what?"  Sir Tikk mumbled, watching the group further down the shore upside down.  As the magical..bolt? Shot?  Light?  Flew past he scrambled a bit to right himself, almost sliding off the car hood in the process.  "What's happening?  What'd I miss?"  He asked, his tail poofed out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: sailmars on April 03, 2020, 07:40:12 PM
"That looks like a nicer ship than when I helped a friend go fishing some time ago... He kept telling me to keep reeling them in so I was working hard that day feeding a whole lot of people! But alas, I still get a bit sea-sick from the smell of fish. At least I wasn't the one baking that day!"

As interesting as his new friends seemed, he was not about to go with them to their ship or let them go to the tavern. He could easily pull out his flaming sword but that was only if he had to.

He gave Longboat a look that said, "We should wrap it this up and get back to the bar for more rum..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 03, 2020, 10:12:28 PM
Unlike with Red, he didn't change his demeanor when Peter offered a polite greeting, as the man clearly wasn't at ease. His dog was still vigilant as well even though he had been quieted, and he was sure that the animal was guarding his nervous owner.

Rikerg's growling grew quieter, but he didn't stop, staying tense as he glared at Peter. The initial spell outside had been far and separated enough that he hadn't noticed. However, the blast outside couldn't be ignored, even without seeing the bright light of it, the scent of a spell was unmistakable. He was wound up as it was and it only took that to set him off. He stood up completely and let out a roar loud enough to make the water in his cup shake.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 04, 2020, 01:21:32 AM
Aisling winced and clapped her hands over her ears.  What was happening with the tusked creature now?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 04, 2020, 11:37:51 AM
"WHAT THE FLUFF WAS THAT?!" Sir Tikk screeched, his head now ping ponging between the group on the beach and the tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 04, 2020, 01:30:59 PM
Red had been worried about Rikerg. He had exhibited the body language of one who was constantly on edge. Too many people and too many noises and sure enough, he was triggered. The demoness had to do something, and quickly, or this beast, creature, cursed man, whatever-thing, was going to destroy the tavern from the inside out.

Her strongest power, fire, wasn’t going to be helpful, nor her strength, for while she was much stronger than an ordinary human, there was no way she was going to be able to move Rikerg anywhere he didn’t want to go. There was, as always, her powers of seduction, but in his agitated state that wasn’t likely to work either.

Only one thing came to mind: Be the rabbit.

Red let out a roar of her own and then dove over the bar counter with a summersault. hit the floor sprinting like a running back at the Super Bowl. She looked back at Rikerg with a wolfish grin, bright eyes that glowed red. She beckoned him with a wave of her hand. Her temperature rose as she ran and by the time she cleared the front porch she spontaneously combusted.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 04, 2020, 01:45:36 PM
As Rikerg let out his T-Rex roar, Peter understandably flinched, hands over his ears. "Geez, was it something I said?"

Reggie was standing again. The little dog's growl was low, under his breath. *I can take him...* rumbled in Peter's head.

"No, no, you can't!" Peter said, alarmed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 04, 2020, 04:58:01 PM
Sir Tikk did a double take as Red burst out the front door on fire.  "LOOK!  Red's on FIRE!  I mean, like flames and everything!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 04, 2020, 05:18:36 PM
All those within the circle created by the lapine wizard suddenly disappear. The magic missiles shot by Leonia cruise through empty air and off to the water. Mars is left standing alone. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 04, 2020, 05:23:14 PM
Sir Tikk gets whiplash and splutters, "where'd they go?  What's Red doing?" before hunkering down on the hood of the car, wide-eyed with a bushy tail.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 05, 2020, 01:08:42 AM
When Peter raised his voice at the dog, Rikerg's attention was fully on him, he tensed up with his eyes on the man, looking ready to attack when Red suddenly roared. He took the bait and ran after her instead, although he wasn't going after her with the animosity he would have had for Peter, he didn't stop chasing until he was forced to. That is, until he got himself stuck in the door on the way out as he hadn't planned out how to fit through it. He only got one arm out and his head, but he didn't try to get out anymore, having to squint one eye and completely close his blackened eye from the mixture of the harsh sunlight and firelight in front of him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 05, 2020, 04:30:55 AM
Peter's relief as Rikerg went roaring after Red, who he knew from experience could handle herself, was short-lived when the huge being got stuck in the door with way too much of him still in the tavern. Reggie was dancing about, barking furiously with all the foolish bravery a terrier could muster, when Peter managed to scoop him up and head for the rear exit at a quick trot.

*Hey! Hey!* Reggie said in Peter's head. *I had him, man!*

Peter made a rude noise at the dog. Somehow he had the impression that Rikerg just might not be Tavern material...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 05, 2020, 02:23:22 PM
Leonie was already swearing from her failure to hit the Furry magician who had just kidnapped Longboat -- "Oh, shit, oh bloody Jesus balls, what are we going to do?" -- when a double roar made her turn and witness a fireball on legs emerging from the Tavern, followed by a... a... Thing.  Big Thing.  Big, monstery, ogre-like, clawed Thing. 

"Oh, this is too fucking much!"  She scooped Sir Tikk off the hood of her car and hauled him in the driver's side door with her.  She deposited the cat on the floorboards of the passenger side.  "Safer down there.  Stay!"

The '68 Mustang engine started with a roar.  She took off down the strand toward Mars and pulled up beside him.  The ground here was partly sand, but still with enough dirt and scrub mixed in it that her tires could get traction.  "Hey!" she barked through the passenger side window.  "Have you got a flaming sword, or are you just a flaming idiot? Do something!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 05, 2020, 03:53:30 PM
"Don't gotta tell me twice!"  Sir Tikk grumbled as he crouched on the floorboards, every furry bit fluffed out.  He would have preferred a lap but he didn't think he could keep his nails in, oh no, not with all THAT going on!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 05, 2020, 05:25:11 PM
 Longboat looked around sadly. He KNEW these pirates were trouble. It was a nice smart brig, though, so they must be at least a bit competent, and he would have to be careful as he looked for a safe route over the side of the boat. "Wow, what a boat, nicely maintained. Have you considered running the davit tackles down the aft face of the mast?" he asked the Captain, looking him directly in the eye to determine his next intent, after quickly scanning the crew for members most likely to be pushed past to get to the water. The diversity of shapes and colors, the general lack of familiarity, made this crew a little harder to read....
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 06, 2020, 01:50:56 AM
What was the tusked creature doing now?  Its bulk threatened to tear the door down. 

Aisling didn't wish any damage to her current sanctuary, but she wasn't sure what she could do about it.  She could fire a shadow bolt at the creature, but that would probably just enrage it further.  Subtler skills were not something she could manage.  Hopefully the barkeep would do something, because the other being of the Tavern picked up their small furry companion and looked to be heading the other direction. 

She glanced through the windows and it seemed the sailing crew had vanished, yet those left outside also seemed unready to deal with the tusk creature. 

It was a wonder the Tavern had lasted long with such a lack of defenses.  Maybe it didn't really need that front entryway? 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 06, 2020, 01:37:25 PM
Red is happy to see that Rikerg had followed her, but frowns when he gets stuck in front doorway. She drops her burning heat and heads back to give the massive creature a hand. Now nude, what with the combustion of the clothes she had been wearing, the demoness moves as one completely comfortable being in such a state in public. Besides a body straight out of an airbrushed Playboy Centerfold, she has a arrow-headed stub of a tail, maybe six to eight inches long, and two dark ridges on her shoulder blades.

She plants herself at the porch steps and reaches out for Rikerg's one freed clawed hand, intent on pulling the beast free. "Trust me," she smiles, "and let me help you get free."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 06, 2020, 03:33:05 PM
As brigs go this one was spacous. It tightly held the six humanoids that were transported by the lapine's abjuration spell in the same relative position that they had on the beach. Anyone with an eye for detail would note the faint circle drawn in the rough floor. The room was at the rear of the galley with no port holes and the open wood door sported a but small window at eye level.

Black Bart raised a bushy eyebrow and regarded his latest acquisition with curiosity. All of his previously pressed victims had been rather surprised and bewildered at the sudden abduction. This one took it with aplomb. "Aye, you got a good eye there matey," he replied. "But I really be needing ye for something else. Information on this here magical 'Sliding Tavern'." He stepped up to tower over Longboat. "Who controls it? Who's its captain?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 06, 2020, 04:40:30 PM
There was another roar, though it didn't sound like any roar he'd ever heard, and what he was sure was the screaming of a human. He got more agitated, clawing and snarling as he tried to pull himself through the door by force.

The flame stopped and he froze and stared as the naked demon started to walk toward him, his claws still stuck in the floorboards of the porch. His snarl fell away and his cheeks darkened before he relaxed his grip and reached out his hand to her, twisting his body to aid her getting him out from the door frame.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 06, 2020, 07:12:27 PM
Peter, with Reggie still in his arms, exited one of the rear doors and onto the back porch. Cautiously he edged his way around the building, staying close to the walls. The ocean breeze ruffled his hair as he took in the tall ship anchored a ways off shore. Coming to the front part of the house, he edged his head around to take in the sight of a naked Red as the quieted beast reached a clawed hand out to her.

Red's nudity didn't startle him at all. (Red's naked? Must be a day with a 'y' in it.)
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 07, 2020, 11:36:38 PM
Red places one foot two steps below the porch and the other braced against the top stoop. She is strong, heroically strong, but not superhuman. The demoness could rend flesh and snap bone easily enough, but power lifting wasn’t really her forte. It’ll have to do. She pulls mightily on Rikerg’s hand. “Come on, big guy, I know you can do it,” she encourages him. “Wiggle that butt!”  She rotates as she pulls, placing his arm over her shoulder and using both feet now on the edge of the top step.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 08, 2020, 12:08:55 AM
As Mars continued to stand there like a stunned puppy, Leonie risked a look back at the Tavern.  The fireball had turned back into Red, and the big ogre-like creature seemed to be stuck in the door.  Red was apparently trying to help him out of it. 

"Okay, so maybe that isn't an emergency.  Never mind.  Let's worry about Longboat instead.   Have you got wings?  Can you, or maybe we, fly over to the ship and get him back?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 08, 2020, 02:57:04 AM
Rikerg was surprised by her strength, which helped him as he shifted and slowly squeezed himself through the door. He was glad that he could get through without damaging the door or the bar since they clearly belong to the naked demon. He sat up when he made it through, taking his hand back from hers as he kept staring at her, taken by both her beauty and her kindness.

"Thank you." he said to her, "And my apologies for nearly damaging your tavern." This cordial apology seemed to be contradictory as he slid off the deck with a snarl before charging toward Leonie's mustang, aiming to ram into the machine. He thought the least he could do for Red was dispose of the human and her unearthly steed before they had a chance to attack.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 08, 2020, 04:22:33 AM
Peter saw Rikerg snarl and charge past him toward the beach, where he was startled to see a man and a young woman standing out there beside a lovely green car, their attention on the anchored ship. Heart pounding, Peter let Reggie go and began sprinting after Rikerg, shouting and waving at the couple.

"Hey!!" he yelled. "Look out!! Look out!! Monster Attack!!!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 08, 2020, 09:00:44 AM
Sir Tikk heard a bunch more yelling from outside as Leonie spoke.  As she finished speaking he heard...more yelling.  Scrambling onto the passenger seat he pulled himself to an upright position with his paws on the dash to look outside.  His eyes goggled as he screeched "INCOMING!!" then fell off the seat and scrambled around on the floorboards before pulling himself into the backseat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 08, 2020, 04:16:43 PM
Luckily, Leonie still had the engine running.  And Peter's perceptions were deceiving him, as she had never gotten out of the car.  Rikberg's snarl, Peter's shout, and Tikk's hissy fit made her look.  "What's -- there's -- shit!" she yelped, threw the car in gear and floored it, taking off in a spray of sand and dirt. 

She didn't want to get off the Tavern grounds because her car might get mired down in sand or some tropical jungle muck somewhere, so she fled counterclockwise around its perimeter, her tires tearing up the grass.  "Somebody stop that thing!  I can't drive and cast at the same time!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 08, 2020, 05:05:29 PM
"GO FASTER!!" Screeched Sir Tikk as he bounced around the backseat before pulling himself into the back window.  "Do I look like I can drive?  How about if we live through this you teach me, yeah?"  Sir Tikk quipped, his voice quavering.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 08, 2020, 07:41:25 PM
Aisling moved towards the windows to get a better view.  The show was fascinating.  So the barkeep could turn herself into a fiery being.  That ought to scare anyone living on a wooden ship, if they had half a brain.  Red was also strong enough to pull the tusked creature through the door with minor damage.  It was also likely that the Tavern wouldn't slide without it's keeper... but she couldn't be certain, and she still treasured the safety of the Tavern.  Each slide took her farther away from the Hunters and their world.

Besides, she wasn't sure if she could help with the chaos going on outside, even minus the animalistic sailors.  The fae-ish one had disappeared with the ship's crew that had landed (not taking their tender?).  The tusked-one seemed to switch between polite stillness and roaring rage and looked as if they had something against the metal vehicle.  In short, there was enough trouble caused by the Tavern's supposed defenders, nevermind the animalistic newcomers.  Now it only took more Tavern inhabitants to add to the mix.  And... there was the gold-haired one with the yapping little dog. 

Aisling took another small sip of her ale and sat back to enjoy the show.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 08, 2020, 11:14:05 PM
Red was elated and breathed a sigh of relief as Rikerg broke free of the tavern door. She turned to talk to the great beast when he suddenly went charging off towards Leonie’s car. “Well, shit,”  the demoness retorted. What is she going to have to do, leash this guy?

“RIKERG STOP!” She yelled, regretting that she left her whip behind the bar. Oh well, time to get airborne.

Having huge bat wings erupt out of your back hurts just about as bad as one would expect. Supernatural pain for supernatural growth. She cries out and falls on all fours. Her eyes glow red and she leaps, her wings beating the air and she rises, quickly gaining altitude.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 08, 2020, 11:24:14 PM
“Capt’n!” Shouted a crew member. “Ye may want to take a look at this.”

The equine was awaiting an answer from his captive and snorted at this interruption. He angrily turned and strode out of the brig, followed by his companions. The cell door slammed shut and the bolt brought hard to its stay.

“I’ll be back,” called the steed. “Best be ready to answer me.”

At the deck Black Bart followed the gaze of the crew towards shore. There, the green metal cart was moving quickly with an angry growl while a large beast chased it. And there, there was a winged creature - woman? - flying through the air as well. What strange wizardry was this?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 09, 2020, 09:20:46 AM
"Well...Red's got wings!" Tikk announced from the backseat.  "Wings would be cool...I think he's gaining?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 09, 2020, 12:45:54 PM
'Well I don't really have much information, but I'll just wait here 'till you get back," said Longboat softly as Bart left. "I'll just look around this room."

"A fine spacious brig,
with a lovely snow rig
Found a new crew,
who was someone who knew.
But respect is a must
to get someone you trust."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 09, 2020, 01:48:44 PM
Rikerg wasn't used to a sandy terrain himself, so he slid far on the first turn, almost into the water, but was able to pick up speed as they moved onto more solid ground.

He heard what Leonie said, and because of it he changed tactics. Instead of just ramming into what she was riding, he took the chance whenever the car had to slow to turn around the tavern to use a burst of speed to get closer to the driver's side and take a swing with his claws at Leonie.

He had heard Red as well, but didn't think she was telling him to stop trying to attack. Rather, he thought she was telling him to cease out of concern for him being harmed by the mage.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 09, 2020, 02:56:24 PM
"LEFT!  MORE LEFT!  RIGHT!"  Tikk yelled.  "What the hell did we ever do to him?  Why is he attacking us..you..me?? HEEEEEEEEEELP!!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 09, 2020, 03:21:54 PM
Peter was strong and very fit, despite his posh appearance, but he was no match for the rampaging monster and the speeding car. Coming to a stop, he took a deep breath as the chase took a wild turn at the far end of the property. Red soared over him, headed for the chaos. Well, she was better equipped to deal with Rikerg than he was.

Peter turned and trotted down to the sand, not wanting to get run over if they took another wild turn. Reggie was scampering after him. *Okay, that's that** he said. **I'm feisty, not stupid!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 09, 2020, 04:51:25 PM
Leonie flung herself sideways and down as Rikerg's huge talons swiped through the open driver's side window, missed her by centimeters, then scored down the dark green paint of the steel door with a horrible chalkboard-screeching noise. 

Unequipped with power steering, the wheel wrenched itself out of her grasp and the Mustang spun out at high speed.  She grabbed it and turned in the direction of the skid just in time to prevent the car, which fortunately had a low center of gravity, from going ass over teacup.

The car had spun completely around and was now facing the oncoming Rikerg.  In the grip of panic, Leonie floored it, hoping to hit the creature head-on with three thousand pounds of Detroit steel backed by a muscle car's engine.  "DIE, MOTHERFUCKER!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 09, 2020, 05:25:11 PM
Tikk squeaked each time he was thrown around and scrambled to get his claws into something.  After the car spun out he crawled onto the front seat divider just in time for Leonie to yell and hit the gas.  "I'm go-" he started whimpering but was thrown backwards as the pedal hit the metal.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 09, 2020, 05:38:49 PM
Red lands behind the mustang just as it finishes spinning out. The demoness squats to lift the rear of the car off the ground. With the engine in the fore and the drive wheels in the rear, she has a chance. "STOP," she gasps, straining to keep the vehicle from launching itself at Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 10, 2020, 03:16:56 AM
Rikerg paused his chase momentarily as the vehicle spun around, his head moving to try and follow its rapid movements, not certain if it was wise to pounce on it while it was so unpredictable. The car finally stopped and faced him, then it roared again followed by its master shouting for him to die. He lowered his head, intending to meet the machine head-on by charging into it with his horns. 

If Red hadn't been so, well, red, he wouldn't have seen her move behind the vehicle and wouldn't have stopped at her command again. The reason he didn't charge into the car was that he thought he might knock it into Red and hurt her. Instead, he held out his black, hardened palms out and tried to grab the car from the front, figuring he could tear the creature's suit of armor off and leave it exposed to his attacks. 

"Do you wish to die by my hands or be crushed within your own transport? Relent, human, and I may allow you to choose." he snarled above the car's engine.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 10, 2020, 03:19:55 AM
Aisling wished she could call on wings... although perhaps not like the barkeep's, if the painful cry was anything to judge by. 

The tusked creature looked fast and strong as it took on the great metal carriage. 

Perhaps the Tavern could be protected, after all, if even from its own.

Away in the distance, it seemed as if the pirates were taking notice of the doings in front of the Tavern.  They should check, being within flying distance of the fiery barkeep.  Why ever they would want to take the fae-ish singer, she couldn't even guess.  Nor did she know if Red was required to rescue Tavern-folk.  That would be something useful to know.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 10, 2020, 08:34:39 AM
"I need a litterbox..." whimpered Tikk from the floor of the front seat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 10, 2020, 12:30:51 PM
"IF ... YOU," Red groans, "TWO WANT TO ... FIGHT." The demoness pauses from the exertion of holding up the rear of the mustang. "TAKE IT SOMEWHERE ELSE!" And with that she drops the car, spent.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 10, 2020, 12:53:58 PM
The Mustang lost its momentum when Red lifted the rear-wheel drive end off the ground.  Leonie screamed and cowered behind her hands as the monster came at her, fear making it seem like he was moving faster than he was.  But instead of ripping her right through the windshield, as she expected, he lifted the front end of the car so that, for a moment, she was suspended between him and Red.

"Oh, thank God, you're monologuing!"  She had a second to recover her wits and cast a spell.  She was a Physical Kid, and a Fifth Year, so of course she had taken Advanced Accelerated Kinetics.  She spun her fingers through four basic positions and said a single word in Ancient Phrygian that activated the telekinetic spell, thrusting it at Rikerg to push him back, and hopefully lift him clean off the ground and hold him there where he couldn't get any traction.

Fortunately for Rikerg, she had taken her foot off the gas pedal before Red dropped the rear end of the Mustang.  "I don't want to fight your stupid boyfriend!  Why is he trying to kill me?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 10, 2020, 01:20:31 PM
An attack? A mutiny? Black Bart observed the melee with his spyglass. Well, with the enemy's attention elsewhere, it was time to gather more information about this magical Sliding Tavern.

The six crew members in the second boat had returned, with the left boat as well. He called two of them over.

"Mac and Tosh, front and center." The twin mustelids quickly scampered up and saluted the captain.

"Your Most Fearsome," said Mac, "Eminence," finished Tosh.

"Yes, go, ye swim to shore and scout that manor." The equine looked at each squarely. "I need to know if there be many or few in that place, and if there be valuables worthy of taking." He waved them off.

The two ermines saluted again and then quickly went over the side with a simultaneous sploosh.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 10, 2020, 02:39:11 PM
Peter backed up until he and Reggie were standing near the tall man, who seemed to be mesmerized by the pirate ship. There were a couple of long boats floating near the ship, but it was anchored too far out for Peter to make out any of the crew members clearly. He glanced at the man with a little smile, while Reggie was sniffing around them at the sand. A horse... a rabbit... some other scents that were muddled together, including something that was near human-like -- like the man standing near by.

**Something's way off here** he said through his snuffling. There was a groove in the sand at the water's edge, as well as several wave-distorted footprints. **I think those booty-grabbers were here not long ago**

"WHAT grabbers?" Peter said, an eyebrow raised.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 10, 2020, 05:03:59 PM
As soon as he saw her move her hands, he let go of the car and launched himself at her, but the spell had already been cast and he was pushed back. He should have known better than to try and reason with a human, of course she would take the first opportunity to use an underhanded spell like that. So he didn't make another attempt to talk with her, instead he swung his arms toward the ground, trying to reach it, but his claw tips only dislodged a bit of sand as he repeatedly attempted to break free from the spell.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 11, 2020, 02:35:28 PM
"He arrived the same time you did," retorted Red. With one pump of her wings she alights on top of the mustang. "Both of you stop! Leonie, put him down. Rikerg, back off."

"And, for the record," she tells Leonie, "I don't have boyfriends; I have lovers."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 11, 2020, 05:05:19 PM
"Have we been saved?"  Tikk queries from the floorboards.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 11, 2020, 09:11:37 PM
As Rikerg scrabbled at the ground, Leonie pushed him higher to make sure he couldn't get any purchase.  "I never saw this...um...guy before in my life!  What the fuck is his problem?"

When Red said to put him down, she balked.  "Are you crazy?  Look at him, he's gonna go for my throat right through the windshield!"  But Red's tone said she wasn't kidding.  Leonie sighed.  "All right, all right, give me a second.  No, kitty, we're not safe yet."

She added a few more words and gestures that stuck Rikerg in place without her having to focus on holding him.  Then she cast the Sumerian Shield Charm that Brakebills taught all of its First Years.  It wasn't very strong, Rikerg would probably be able to tear through it, but she cast it six times, figuring she'd have plenty of time to counterattack before he could get through all of them.

"Okay, putting the psychopathic ogre down... now." 

She set Rikerg gently down on his feet instead of just dropping him.  "And you better not mess up my car!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 11, 2020, 10:07:17 PM
Rikerg stopped moving just to ask Red: "Why?" As if attacking Leonie was the only logical thing to do in this situation. When she pushed him up higher, he reverted back to snarling and clawing at the air.

When he was let down, he continued glaring at the mage, and while he didn't lunge he still moved toward her and hit the shield because of it. He growled, placing his hands on the shield and pressing against it, digging his claws in as he tested its strength.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 12, 2020, 09:02:17 AM
As things came to a standstill Tikk cautiously climbed up from the floorboards and started easing himself onto Leonie's lap (you know the way they can sneak on without you realizing).
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 12, 2020, 12:46:16 PM
"Why?! Because she hasn't done anything to warrant an attack," replies the nude demoness on top of the mustang, eyes glowing red and her wings on full display. "Now back off or I'll have to torch you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 12, 2020, 02:17:53 PM
Peter was relieved to see that the heart-stopping mayhem had come to a -- hopefully permanent -- standstill, and started to walk back up the sand toward the Tavern's grounds. "No bloodshed," he said to himself. "Just the way I like it."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 12, 2020, 05:04:52 PM
One of her six shields gave way under the monster's claws.  It was barely visible, it looked like a heat shimmer, but it popped like a balloon.   Leonie's arms slid around the cat, seeking comfort from the warm heavy orange armful.  Her thumb rubbed under Sir Tikk's chin.  "Yeah.  I never did anything to you.  What's your beef?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 12, 2020, 05:09:10 PM
Tikk bumped his head on her chin taking comfort in being snuggled.  "He's an asshole...." he murmured , eyeing Rikerg as best he could from his angle.  "I'm too soft to die...."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 12, 2020, 11:49:59 PM
When she said that Leonie hadn't done anything to warrant an attack, he tilted his head, only staring as she threatened him and displayed her wings. He didn't see the barrier break, but he smelt the change in the air.

"I wasn't going to wait for her to hurt someone." he explained, but did remove his hands from the barrier. He had hear Sir Tikk's voice several times, but had assumed it was the metal creature she had been riding. He spotted the cat on her lap, not having known she had the animal with her, and heard the voice as he spoke.

"You can speak like us?" he asked, his eyes going wide. Now he actually backed away, looking a bit abashed, "I am sorry. I could have... I nearly hurt you." he apologized to the animal.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 12, 2020, 11:58:09 PM
Longboat was beginning to get impatient. Burning the boat down was his first inclination, but then they might try to join the Tavern crew, and Longboat was not particularly enamored of their behavior so far.

He poked a few holes in the walls and looked through to determine what part of the boat he was in, and which bulkhead offered the least resistance and most direct access to the water outside. Then he filled those holes and put a series of tiny holes in a pattern that was not obvious, but would break easily if needed in a bulkhead that would lead overboard. Then he sat and waited while singing a song.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 13, 2020, 08:46:26 AM
Tikk eyed Rikerg as he backed away, going up on his hind feet and against the steering wheel to watch.  "My mistress made me a necklace so we could communicate, before she was killed."  Sir Tikk continued to eye Rikerg as his tail swooshed back and forth in irritation; he tried to keep it low so as not to smack Leonie in the face but..."And I've collected some bruises no thanks to your....assholery!"  He proclaimed.  Turning to Leonie he asked quietly "is that a word?  Can I use it?  I normally don't swear outside of vet visits but..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 13, 2020, 11:42:02 AM
Black Bart watched the shore through his spyglass for a few more moments before deciding it was time to return to his captive. He handed the glass tube to his First Mate and went below deck. Finding the man calmly sitting in his cell singing the Captain pauses. He really does have a lovely voice for a bald creature.

"Are ye ready to give me some answers, Singer?" he asks as he swings open the door to the cell, his impressive frame filling the doorway.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 13, 2020, 11:46:29 AM
Mac and Tosh arrive on the shore, quietly, and on all fours. They slink behind a small dune of sand and then over behind a bush on the tavern property.

"Beautiful place," whispers Mac.

"Indubitably," replies Tosh. "After you."

"No, no, my good chap, after you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 13, 2020, 12:05:41 PM
"Attack first, and ask later just reduces the number of possible...," Red begins to say, then notices Rikerg's change of behavior. She doesn't finish her sentence as it appears the cat has some sort of powers of persuasion. The demoness gets down off the mustang.

"If any or all of you wish to be inn mates of the Sliding Tavern, you'll need to stop attacking one another." She directs her talk at Rikerg but does a silencing side glance at Leonie for good measure. "Otherwise, you can get off here, or hang out away from the others until the next slide and see what that brings us."

The naked demoness turns to head back to the tavern, but then looks back. "I sincerely hope all of you decide to stay, I could you use each of you." She smiles with a wicked twinkle to her now-green eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 13, 2020, 12:53:27 PM
At this point, Leonie fell in love with Sir Tikk.  Trauma bonding, you can't beat it.  She hugged the cat again, gently so as not to impact on the aforesaid bruises.  "It's totally a word.  You can say anything you want.  You are the most awesome cat in the world."  Now that the conflict seemed temporarily resolved, she was shaking and wanting to cry with leftover adrenaline, and Tikk's fur was the best place to do it.

But now the situation didn't seem to be resolved because Red was leaving and Rikerg was still there.  "Shit!  Red, wait!   Longboat was kidnapped by the pirates," she remembered to mention.  "Also, um, where should I park my car?"  She wasn't getting off here, that was certain.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 13, 2020, 01:11:52 PM
Peter stepped from the sand onto the Tavern grounds, keeping a wary eye on Rikerg. He raised his voice, and called, "You in the car, are you all right?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 13, 2020, 01:18:30 PM
"What is your name?" Rikerg felt worse after hearing he had indeed injured the animal in his carelessness. "I did not mean to. But I was not careful. My apologies." He should have been certain the human was unaccompanied before attacking her. Next time he attacked her, he would have to make certain that Red and Sir Tikk were clear.

He then got angry at Leonie again, leave it to a human to endanger another for their own selfishness. She even hugged the animal after he said he had bruises, Rikerg didn't care how gentle it was, for her own comfort.

"Heal him!" He roared at the mage. Rikerg was going to attack another shield for good measure, but then Red spoke again. He huffed, sitting down onto the ground instead and dug his claws into it. His mood lightened, however, at her next words, and he watched her, wondering exactly what she meant. He didn't care about what Leonie said, assuming that this Longboat fellow was another human.

His head whipped to the side as Peter called out, a low growl starting in his throat, though he didn't move to attack the man.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 13, 2020, 01:29:04 PM
Sir Tikk blinked, was Rikerg talking to him?  Then squeaked and ducked into Leonie's arms as he yelled then growled.  Tikk broke, "YOU'RE SCARING ME!  You are big, and strong and scary looking and I'm small and soft!  And she didn't do anything and you just..just..jumped all over us!  Are you going to try and kill him to??  What did we do??!!" he ended in a wail, hiding his head under Leonie's chin.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 13, 2020, 05:41:43 PM
Now knowing that Leonie can levitate Rikerg if necessary, and that the cat seems to have the beast tamed for the nonce, Red turns to the next crisis.  "Yes, I know," she replies to the witch. She then adds, "the barn might be a good place."

She folds her wings and heads for the tavern. Probably should get something on and grab her whip before dealing with the pirates. Nudity can be a great card to play, but best not to show it before the game is even known.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 13, 2020, 06:06:46 PM
Leonie registered another super-gorgeous guy, this one with a wealth of blond curls, calling to her.  Damn, she might have thought if she hadn't been so distracted by the recent threat to her life, where did all this sexy come from?  She waved at the guy to let him know she was okay.  Better he didn't come close to the monster, he really seemed to hate people.  Apparently he liked cats, but Leonie wasn't prepared to forgive him on that basis.

Especially after Rikerg started barking orders at her.  There were several things she could have said to his demand, but the only response she had the presence of mind to come up with was, "Fuck off!" 

She cuddled Sir Tikk protectively and smoothed his fur.  "It's okay.  It'll be okay."  Her heart was still going like a triphammer, but she was talking quietly, soothingly, and only to Tikk.  "I'm a Physical Kid.  Healing isn't my Discipline.  I could maybe come up with something to make you feel better, but it'll take some research."

She was not going to linger around Rikerg after Red was gone.  She put the car back in gear and drove it carefully to the barn, trying not to damage the lawn any further.  There were torn patches where she'd been doing inadvertent doughnuts.  "You really are a cool cat.  I'm sorry you lost your person.  Can I be your new one?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 13, 2020, 07:55:53 PM
Rikerg was starting to understand why this was the closest he had ever been to a cat, if they were sensitive to sound. "You didn't do anything." He considered his other question about Peter, "Not now." Since Red told him not to, but if the man tried anything he wasn't going to go easy on him.

He snarled at Leonie when she told him to fuck off, thinking she chose not to help the cat rather than use her energy to heal him. Rikerg didn't follow the car as it moved away, instead deciding to take a look at the large body of water. The scent of it was strong and distinctive, having been entirely absent from the tavern and its grounds as none of the passengers had gone into the water.

Rikerg did scent that, somehow, the smell of the water had come onto the property. He went to investigate, following his nose as he scented the two sea-soaked pirates.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 13, 2020, 08:32:19 PM
Sir Tikk purred in small hiccups, keeping his face hidden, although he did hear Rikerg say he didn't do anything.  He had some bruises from being tossed about in the car, but it was his nerves that seemed more rattled.  "I would like that, my mistress...prior mistress named me Sir Tikk...Tokk Tickles-A-Lot.  She said my whiskers tickled her...a lot when I was a kitten.  She chose me because we have...had...the same death date.  Something killed her early though." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 13, 2020, 11:40:19 PM
"Oh sure," said Longboat as he leaned gingerly against where he had weakened the wall. "As I said BEFORE you kidnapped me, The Sliding Tavern moves freely between all space time continuums, but I really don't know how, why, where, or when.

"The Proprietress calls herself Red, and while she knows more than anyone about the Tavern, I suspect it is mostly a mystery to her as well. Though I have only spent a few minutes inside, I am guessing you would find many treasures that were wondrous and rare, but not in a way that would transfer readily to gold. I also suspect that given where the Tavern travels, it has met adversaries far more aggressive, ruthless, and cunning than you, though a fearsome visage you do impose," said Longboat, bowing with the compliment.

He concludes with, "I strongly recommend just accepting the Tavern's hospitality. Explore the island. Look for lost treasure, or at least restock fresh food and water, and maybe we could get you a clean bottom. Though I can't speak for everyone, we're a pretty non judgmental bunch, and can get along pretty well, but can generate considerable trouble compared to your cute little teleport spell. We will have to smooth over this whole kidnapping business, which will not go over well, but we can head back, I can introduce you to Red, and there should not be any trouble when she sees me healthy and happy."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 14, 2020, 01:33:41 PM
"I insist, you may take the lead," quietly comments Mac as the two furries hide in the bush.

"Oh, but that... wait," Tosh breaks the back and forth. "I do believe that a rather large giant is heading our way."

"Oh dear, oh dear." Mac worries. "Why does the captain always have to give us the most difficult of jobs?"

"Perhaps the sudden and rapid application of ball iron would slow the beast?"

"Methinks it would but enrage the giant while simultaneously revealing our current position."

"A distraction, then." Tosh nods in the direction of Peter and pulls out a bamboo straw and feathered dart.

"Yes, yes, a thousand times yes." Mac pantomimes clapping his hands.

"This won't inflict much, but it should startle the little animal and make a fuss." Tosh puts the blow gun to his lips and shoots the needle dart at the small dog next to Peter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 14, 2020, 01:50:23 PM
Peter was awash with relief when he saw the driver wave at him through the side window, then back up the car and head carefully toward the barn. He sensed that the creature still -- for some reason -- held hostility toward him, and Peter determined that if Rikerg stayed, Peter himself would be giving him a wide berth. As Rikerg stalked off, Peter started to head for the Tavern when Reggie began to sniff the air suspiciously.

"What is it?" Peter asked.

**Something... weird** Reggie responded, his nose twitching furiously. **Godzilla smells it, too**

A second later Reggie yelped with startled pain, and jumped away from the direction of the sharp attack. Peter stopped, staring at the terrier in concern. "Reggie?"

**Ow, Ow, Ow!!** the dog whined. **Something bit me!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 14, 2020, 03:24:38 PM
"I'll call you Sir Tikk if you like, but I'm leaving out the rest of it," Leonie said.  "And I'm Leonie."  She pronounced it LEE-uh-nee.  Tikk's explanation raised her curiosity.  She assumed his previous person must have been a magician, probably a Brakebills alum but possibly a hedge witch.  "That's weird.  What was her name?  How did she die?"

She got out of car to open the barn doors, leaving the windows down so she could still hear the cat, then drove inside.  The barn was well-stocked with farmyard tools and equipment and had a very full hayloft, and it seemed there was a grain silo attached, but Leonie didn't see or scent any animals living in it.  She parked the car and unloaded her backpack, suitcase, and brand-new cat.  Then she put her hand on the driver's side lock and cast a Czechoslovakian Locking Charm.  "I wish I knew McNaughton's Unstealable," she muttered.

 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 14, 2020, 03:34:23 PM
Red entered the backdoor of the tavern and headed upstairs to her room. Hers is one of the circular tower rooms, decorated in a color scheme of blues and greens. There's a small sofa, a large bed with arched wood intertwined head and footboard, a dresser and vanity, a free-standing mirror, a walk-in closet, and lots of pillows and candles everywhere. Two tall windows flank a door to a small deck.

The demoness decides to go with beachwear, putting on a blue bikini and tying a small red flowered sarong about her waist. She quickly runs a brush through her wavy red hair before heading down to the bar. There, she grabs her fifteen foot whip and loosely ties it to the ends of the sarong.

She smiles over at Aisling as she heads out the front door. "Enjoying the lovely view?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 14, 2020, 03:58:19 PM
Rikerg was focused on following the scent, and he didn't hear the two whispering or see the dart fly and hit the dog. He did hear the yelp, though, and his head whipped around to see the dog was indeed whining about some injury. He stopped his pursuit of the scent to hurry over to Reggie to see what had hurt the small dog.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 14, 2020, 04:17:51 PM
"Cornelleous!" shouted the Captain towards the deck. He then looked back at Longboat.

"Well, you have be saying a lot, a lot indeed. Valuables and gold and someone named Red, as well as veiled threats of harm, all very impressive..." He looks over at the wizard hare as he arrives. "I'll be telling you what then, Good Sir, tell Red that I'll be running out my 16 pounders. She can either surrender or we'll be picking up the valuables in the tinder that was your precious Tavern." With that he nods at the wizard, who flourishes his wand in an attempt to send Longboat back to the beach.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 14, 2020, 05:12:09 PM
“Sir Tikk works, or Tikk.  I called her mistress, and her friends called her Cupertina, or Coop.  She crafted these charms that let me speak.  She used to belong to a coven when she was younger, but she withdrew, at least socially, as her health declined.  She was in no danger of dying, but her ability to get around was compromised.  She could still craft charms, and boy did she!  Really beautiful ones too.”  Tikk hopped out of the car and snaked around Leonie’s ankles.  “Then a few days ago something..dark..shadowy..stole her life while we napped.  She had 12 more years at least, but people came and took all her stuff and locked me out.  So I left.  Is that..a DOG??”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 14, 2020, 05:16:01 PM
Peter went down on one knee, long fingers running through Reggie's wiry hair to see how badly he was hurt, and didn't notice Rikerg's rapid approach. Nimble fingers quickly discovered the thin sharp dart and pulled it out. A little bit of blood welled up in the puncture, and a small welt was already forming.

"What the hell?" he said, holding the dart up to look at it.

**Oh, man!** Reggie whimpered. **Tell me there was no poison on it --** He opened his eyes to see Rikerg's shadow looming over them. **Uh, Pete... Don't -- don't move...**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 14, 2020, 05:53:12 PM
"Oh, a hit, and a very good hit, indeed. Splendid!" Mac claps Tosh's back.

"Whilst the enemy is otherwise preoccupied let us quickly ambulate most stealthily over to yonder cellar doors," offers Tosh.

"Yes, yes, of course, post haste! After you."

"No, no, after you, my dear clap. Don't want to presume."

"Let us go together then, in a most quick and low romp."

"Yes, indubitably. Let's!"

The two mustelids make a low beeline for the cellar doors, stopping only to quickly raise a door enough for them to squeeze in.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 14, 2020, 06:59:16 PM
"That's weird, suspicious, and really scary," Leonie observed.  "It'd be worth investigating if we were still in the real world.  Or at least reporting..."

She also heard Reggie's yap of pain.  "Sounds like it."  She put her backpack on and offered Tikk an arm up.  "Do you want to ride on my shoulders?  It's a leather jacket, you can dig your claws in without scratching me."  Tikk would be out of small-dog reach and the backpack would offer some additional support. 

Once he was settled -- or even if he declined -- Leonie left the barn, dragging her suitcase behind her.  She was heading for the front door, but there was a sudden flash of movement that caught her attention -- as of two low, slinky shapes disappearing and a cracked-open cellar door closing.  "Did you see that?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 14, 2020, 07:30:26 PM
"Ohhh shoulders it is!"  Tikk hummed.  "What, no?  I was looking at Rikerg and that...dog."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 14, 2020, 09:14:46 PM
Longboat looked around the beach. It was empty. The barn door was open. A small dog let out a piercing YELP. He walked quickly toward the front door of the Tavern in search of Red, while admonishing himself for being teleported by surprise for the second time by the same second rate dabbler.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 14, 2020, 09:33:52 PM
He didn't think that Peter had been the one to harm Reggie, otherwise the little dog wouldn't still be by him. Rikerg got on all fours so he could reach the small dog better, sniffing at him, he could smell that the dart had the same ocean-water smell from what he had been following. Initially, he thought it had been an animal from the smell of the two furries, but animals didn't shoot darts. He then used a claw to try and gently scratch the frightened animal on the head.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 14, 2020, 09:35:56 PM
Red stepped out on the porch of the tavern just in time to see Longboat approaching. "Ah, good," she called out. "You're back."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 14, 2020, 11:27:04 PM
Leonie was immediately distracted by the astonishing sight of the murderous ogre leaning down to gently scratch the small terrier.  "Whoa.  How can something that loves animals so much hate humans so much?"  After a few seconds of reflection, she added, "Y'know what, don't answer that."

She dragged her suitcase toward the front of the Tavern, giving Rikerg a wide berth.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 15, 2020, 01:04:27 AM
"Yes, I have been released!" called Longboat. "I earnestly pressed them to accept your hospitality, but they seem to feel a need to bare their chests and demand your surrender or they shall pound the Tavern with their cannon. I assume you are able to deal with smooth bore 17th century artillery, but if not I can swim out and sink their ship. I would prefer not to sink them as I am a bit sympathetic to their position, and depending on where we are, sinking their ship could be a death sentence. But we certainly do not want them shelling us."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 15, 2020, 03:09:26 AM
Aisling barely had time to nod at Red as she went out the door.  The view was interesting.  So much better than being kept prisoner for centuries when not on missions to spy or kill.  The freedom to just sit and watch was welcome, as was her Dreamwalking when done at her own desire.

Although not that much was happening directly out front.  The fae-ish singer had suddenly reappeared.  The tusked-one seemed to be wanting to go in several directions at once while being attracted to the dog.  The metal carriage had gone around the back.  The pirate ship seemed anchored for a longer stay.

Aisling took another sip and relaxed a bit more.  There was nothing she could do until someone made a move she could and should counter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 15, 2020, 05:23:16 AM
Peter stayed as still as he could, heart pounding, as Rikerg's large tusked head nudged its way under his arm to sniff at Reggie, who wrinkled his lips in a silent snarl. Like Peter, the dog fought to keep from moving, body stiff and hair on end.

**Peter...** The voice in Peter's head was cracked and strained.

As the huge being touched Reggie's head with a heart-stoppingly large talon, Peter said in a soft voice, "Rikerg, please don't hurt my friend. I beg you..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 15, 2020, 09:13:20 AM
Tikk had opened his mouth to say something then left it open a tad too long as the roaring beast that had been intent on killing them..petted the DOG!  "Does that thing not realize he is petting...a DOG.  I mean, of all things a DOG??!!"  Tikk sniffed and settled back onto Leonie's shoulder with his nose in the air.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 15, 2020, 12:48:03 PM
Rikerg removed his claw from the dog to try and put it under Peter's chin so he could tilt the man's head up to look at him as he spoke in a low growl.

"Accuse me of commiting such mindless savagery again and I will see if your thin body, when flung, skips across the water like a flattened stone." He said like his previous actions and this threat were not savage.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 15, 2020, 01:30:36 PM
"Thank you for your attempt to sway them," replied Red. "And no, the tavern has no defense against cannon balls." She rubbed her chin. "I suppose we should surrender, at least until we come up with a plan. I'd rather you didn't scuttle their ship, nor do I wish to burn it down. Let me see if can find a white tablecloth and a pole." The demoness turns to head back into the tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 15, 2020, 02:09:14 PM
Peter didn't fight it as Rikerg's claw lifted his chin, and he was able to meet the large being's eyes. Though he was well aware of the difference between Rikerg's power and his own, he felt his cheeks flush with anger, burning away the fear. "Mindless savagery? I'm not the one who's been chasing everyone around and trying to kill them! Tell me, what have I done to you to deserve such treatment?"

Reggie shook himself, skipping back from under Rikerg's jaw so the big guy could see him, and kicked back at the ground with his hind feet. A short sharp bark was uttered to get Rikerg's attention. **Hey, Kong!!** he thought at the top of his bark. **I don't know if you can understand me, but that's my person. He belongs to me. I will fight to the death to protect him! Savvy?**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 15, 2020, 03:11:12 PM
As she got closer, Leonie became aware of the tension Peter and Reggie were under.  "Poor little guy, he's scared to death!" she said, a little reproachfully, to Sir Tikk. 

When Rikerg started to menace Peter, she let go of her suitcase and flexed her spell-casting fingers, cracking the knuckles meaningfully.  "Hey Quasimodo, I've got enough juice left to skip you all the way across the Atlantic!  You leave them alone!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 15, 2020, 03:28:04 PM
Tikk dug his claws in just in case, debating whether to jump and run or hang on.  "Why are you so mean??  What has your panties in a bunch?? Wait, is he wearing panties?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 15, 2020, 04:01:52 PM
"You are human." He said, like that was explanation enough. Rikerg couldn't understand the dog's barks, but he did understand what the animal was trying to communicate. He removed his claw from under the man's chin, and was going to return to following the scent when Leonie got involved. He growled at the threat, though he didn't get the literary reference.

"I doubt you have the strength to slay me. Your threats had best be empty if you do not, because if you attack and fail to I will remove your head." To Tikk he said: "I did not intend to be mean to you, it was an accident."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 15, 2020, 04:26:47 PM
"Well if you have a problem with humans, I don't think Red is going to tolerate it for very long.  And you may like us little fuzzies, but if you keep treating the humans like they are enemies you aren't going to be on our good side anytime soon."   Tikk settled himself, shaking his head.  "I mean, why am I trying to reason with you?  You don't seem to listen well, you don't seem open to others' attempts to correct really REALLY bad behavior.  And you are not very civilized in your actions."  Tikk shook his slowly and sadly.  "It would have been nice to have you on our side without having to watch our backs to make sure we don't get stabbed by you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 15, 2020, 05:10:47 PM
Peter gave a small sigh of relief as Rikerg removed his talon from so near his throat. He knew his bravado might well have been his last act in life, but Peter had always been hard to intimidate. "Because I'm human?" he muttered, as he gathered Reggie in his arms, cuddling the little terrier to his chest. "Well, that's not gonna change anytime soon."

He heard a girl's voice raised in defense of he and Reggie, but couldn't afford to take his focus off the retreating form of Rikerg yet, as the creature rumbled a threat in answer to the girl's brave outcry.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 15, 2020, 06:09:44 PM
Leonie's face was flushed red and her teeth were gritted.  Anger made her reckless and she wanted to jeer at Rikerg -- come on if you think you're hard enough! but she remembered the vulnerable kitty on her shoulders and kept her mouth shut, since Rikerg wasn't continuing to harass the cute guy and his dog.

Making sure to keep Rikerg in sight and her hands ready for casting, she edged around over to Peter and Reggie.  "Stay chill, the dog's too freaked out to bother you," she muttered to Tikk.  "Are you guys okay?" she asked the pair.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 15, 2020, 06:14:23 PM
After the bright beach sunlight the mustelids blinked in the sudden dark down in the basement where the twins found themselves.

"A tinderbox would be most advantageous at this particular moment," whispered Mac.

"Yes, indeed," nodded Tosh. "It would, unless this is the powder room."

"This is manor, not some castle fort or ship, you silly..." Mac stopped as the sound of splashing water, like someone washing in a large basin, suddenly came to their ears.

"What?"

"Shhhhhh."

"... was that?" finished Tosh, much quieter.

"Shsss," shushed Mac.

As their eyes grew accustomed to what little light there was spilling down the stairs, the twins saw a stone floor that suddenly had some spilled water slide across the tiny patches of sunlight. Then came a burbling moan, as if a large bellows was slowly releasing air underwater. The twins grabbed each other tightly.

"Mother Mary McCree," cursed Mac. "What could that be?"

"I do believe we have gone from the proverbial pan to the fire, my good brother." Tosh started backing up the stairs, pulling Mac with.

Suddenly, a purple tentacle whips out across the wet stone floor and wraps about Mac's ankle.

"AAAAaa!" screams Mac, no longer trying to be quiet.

"AAAAaa," agrees Tosh, pulling hard on Mac.

Mac fervently kicks at the tentacle with his other foot, which suddenly released the furry. The twins quickly rush up the stairs.

Bursting forth from the basement doors the two mustelids run for the beach, screaming.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 15, 2020, 07:16:22 PM
Peter smiled at Leonie, as he put Reggie down and stood, brushing off his pants. He liked the way the girl included Reggie as "you guys". "So far, so good," he said. "And you...?"

For the first time Peter was able to take in the girl's appearance -- young, probably around the same age as Peter, slim with a dandelion tuft of hair -- and a very large marmalade tabby perched on her shoulders. "Peter Cornelius," he said, hand out to shake the girl's. In his other hand he held the sharp little dart.

Reggie was clearly noticing the cat, and his short tail was wagging in an upright vibrating fashion. **Cat!** he announced joyfully. **Hi, cat!! Cat, cat, cat!**

"This is Reggie," Peter said, then added quickly, "Don't you bother the cat!"

**No worries, Pete** Reggie said, tongue lolling out. **If he doesn't run, I won't chase him. It's a dog thing." As if to prove his point, two wiry weasels burst out of the cellar, screaming in fear, heading for the beach. **Excuse me** Reggie said, and took off after the weasels, barking fiercely.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 15, 2020, 08:39:30 PM
Tikk, as best he can, looks down his nose at the dog and sniffs.  Loudly.  Then sneezes.  As the dog races off he relaxes some and watches the exchange.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 16, 2020, 02:36:24 AM
Aisling moved to another window to see what was making the strange screeching noises.  Several animalistic creatures, no doubt from the ship, were running away.  She didn't have a great view, but it seemed as if something snaked out of the cellar and slammed the doors shut. 

So... there were other defenses that the Tavern hid!  It was good that she hadn't risked scoping out areas beyond the barroom and the adjacent fancy privy.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 16, 2020, 09:24:50 AM
"The only reason I have not killed them is that Red asked me not to. She did not require me to be nice to them." He wasn't going to let his guard down to appease the animals either, though he still found it detestable that the woman had threatened him while having the cat with her. He was sure that she was risking the animal's life in an attempt to dissaude him from harming her.

"Being civilized with humans is the surest way to get your back stabbed." He snorted when Peter said he couldn't change being human, thinking he could by being a dead one instead.

As he moved away, his eyes watched Leonie, looking to her hands and then her face, sneering as he recognized the threat. He doubted that if he did agree to get along with them, her hands would relax.

Just as with Reggie, when the two came running out of the cellar, Rikerg was running after them. He recognized the smell of ocean and animal he had been tracking before.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 16, 2020, 09:51:19 AM
"Uhm not sure is he's chasing those things or the dog...."  Tikk said.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 16, 2020, 12:03:09 PM
The two mustelids can be quite fast when they want to, and they truly want to. But that doesn't stop their conversation.

"Faster, my brother, faster!" Shouts Mac.

"I am doing my very best, brother. It looks like that dog you struck is now looking to exact payment."

"Indeed. The giant is too seeking justice, or perhaps he is merely chasing the dog."

"The sea shall be our salvation; it's warm embrace our escape."

"Post haste!"

They reach the water's edge and both shallow dive into the lagoon.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 16, 2020, 01:11:36 PM
"And the only reason we haven't killed you is, we don't kill people who aren't trying to kill us."  Leonie really wanted to add "asshole" to the end of that sentence, but she had used up her allotment of swearwords for the day.

"Oh, he's a cutie," she said of Reggie.  She waited until Rikerg started running before she reached to shake Peter's hand, a smile erasing her previous angry tension.  "I'm Leonie Farrow.  This is Sir Tikk.  Have you been here long?  I'm so freaked out.  I just stopped to look at the place and it skipped dimensions!  And two angels almost had a fight.  And then a pirate ship kidnapped Longboat.  And then a great big hairy jerk tried to kill me!  On the plus side, I found this really cool cat.  How's your day going?"

To Sir Tikk, she said, "I think he's sincere about not hurting animals."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 16, 2020, 01:26:06 PM
Sir Tikk turned back to the new guy and waved a paw.  Humans liked that, made him look adorable and cute too as a bonus.  "Good day!  Well, he's still an asshole...Rikerg, not you!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 16, 2020, 01:39:38 PM
Reggie could hear Rikerg gallumphing after him, but after the prior incident he doubted that he was the target. When the sleek animal people reached the water and dove in, Reggie sprang after them, but he knew they were out of reach. He paddled back 'til his paws hit solid sand, and stood belly deep in the surf, barking toward the ship, thoroughly enjoying himself.

Peter missed Sir Tikk's low comment due to the ensuing racket, but he greeted the cat politely, holding out fingers for the cat to sniff. "I've been here six months," he answered Leonie, "give or take. Did you say 'angels'?"

Then Tikk waved a paw at him and SPOKE. Peter's eyes widened, but being a person who could carry on a conversation with his dog, he recovered quicker than most. "Good day to you as well, sir."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 16, 2020, 02:55:09 PM
Rikerg stayed behind the dog until he had to paddle back, he went a bit further to where they had dove in, but lost track of them as he couldn't scent them anymore, and he was having trouble seeing them through the water. So he just made noise along with Reggie, roaring at the ship, the sound loud enough to carry to the crew on it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 16, 2020, 02:58:22 PM
Tikk politely sniffed the fingers then marked them for good measure (assuming Peter holds them steady).  Settling himself back on his perch he nearly jumped out of his skin as Rikerg began..bellowing?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 16, 2020, 03:57:27 PM
"Yeah, angels," Leonie said.  "That guy..."  She looked around for Mars, but he wasn't in sight anymore.  "The tall, good-looking guy in the bespoke tailoring.  He's an angel.  Flaming sword and everything.  Apparently he doesn't want to be one anymore.  Another angel showed up right before the Slide and tried to make him go back.

"Hey, since you've been here awhile, maybe you can help us out?  Is there, like, a guest room we can use?  And I bet Sir Tikk is hungry."  She tickled the cat under his chin, then jumped herself at Rikerg's bellow.  "Huh.  I wonder what he'll make of that pirate crew.  He likes animals and hates humans, and those guys are like.... both.  Like a Furry convention, but on a pirate ship."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 16, 2020, 04:08:44 PM
Red had gone in and grabbed a white tablecloth and a broom. Then, after tying a couple of corners to the broom's pole she returned to the front porch just as Rikerg bellowed at the pirates. She raised an eyebrow and descended the stairs as she started waving the surrender flag.

Just then a large boom erupted from the ship, followed by a plume of smoke. There was a whoosh as a dark shape zooms past the tavern and slams a hole straight through the upper reaches of the barn.

The demoness instinctively ducks though the projectile was high overhead.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 16, 2020, 04:15:28 PM
Tikk had to resist sticking his neck way out and waving his back leg as his chin was scratched.  Dang that felt good after so long not having HUMAN attention, it made for an awkward jerk when the bellow went off.  Tikk opened his mouth to second the food option after glancing at Rikerg but then there was a boom, smoke and the barn exploded.  Well at least that's what TIkk thought it looked like.  Digging his claws into the pack and jacket he reared back to gape at the hole.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 16, 2020, 04:52:17 PM
Peter was about to answer Leonie, but his mouth stood open without any words coming out as, with a sound like a tearing sheet highly amplified, a cannonball rocketed overhead to crash through the barn's roof, splintered wood flying in all directions with the acrid smell of gunpowder. "Oh, Leonie!" Peter gasped sympathetically. "Your poor car!"

Reggie reared up on his hind legs as the weapon screamed over and hit the barn. **INCOMING!!** he yelped, splashing through the water to the beach. **All hands on deck!!** He scrambled past Rikerg, heading for Peter. **Brigands!! Assassins!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 17, 2020, 07:04:21 AM
He recognized the sound of a cannon as well as the smell of it as it flew overhead, having been struck by them more than once. Rikerg took this as an invitation to attack, and would have swam toward the ship if he hadn't looked back to see the damage.

Red was waving a white flag, and he knew that him going on the offensive while she had that waving would likely mark her as dishonest. So instead, he moved back to the shore, shaking some of the water off of himself.

"You are surrendering?" He asked Red, though he wasn't looking at her, watching the ship to see if more projectiles were incoming.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 17, 2020, 12:25:07 PM
For a change, Leonie didn't panic.  She looked at the ship, noting the calm bay and the angle of its cannons, then at the jagged hole smashed into the wall of the hayloft, doing the rough calculations every Physical Kid especially a telekinetic had to know in her head.  "It was too high.  And there's a lot of hay it just hit.  And the barn didn't fall down.  I think the car's fine.  At least for now," she added.  "Come on!"  She grabbed her suitcase and ran awkwardly for the front door, impeded by it jouncing over grass and gravel, as well as the big kitty draped over her shoulders which she was trying not to jostle too much.

She too, blinked at the sight of Red waving a white tablecloth on a broom handle.  "Are we really surrendering?  Or do you want me to return fire?  I can shoot Rikerg right over there," she added, half-facetiously.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 17, 2020, 12:38:55 PM
Tikk grunted slightly from the jouncing and conceded maybe a slight weight drop might be in his future.  "Oh please do!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 17, 2020, 12:48:22 PM
Peter turned to follow Leonie as soon as Reggie reached him, but skidded to a stop when he got next to Red. He gave Leonie an astonished look, then turned back to Red. "Pirates, Red," he said clearly. "Historically they don't take prisoners."

Reggie stopped a bit away from the others and gave himself a mighty shake, sending a corona of sea water in all directions.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 17, 2020, 01:23:11 PM
"There be the winged one waving a white flag, Capt'n". The First Mate handed the spyglass to Black Bart.

"I guess we got their attention." He looked through the glass. "That must be the one they be calling Red."

Handing the spyglass back he turns to a crew member, "Go find Rex." He then to his First Mate, "keep the guns ready. If anything be going south, fire the line."

"Aye aye, Capt'n," saluted the canine.

"Cornelleous, armor me up."

"Right away, Captain." The wizard lapine pulls his wand out and prepares the spell. "Remember, the invulnerability only lasts a minute."

"Aye, I'm well aware of your inadequacies."

The thudding on the deck precedes the arrival of Rex; An eight-foot tall white ursine. "Da, Cap-atan?" Cornelleous, the four-foot five - with ears - lapine is dwarfed by the two behemoths.

"Bring your spike, Rex. We're going ashore."

"The twins are returning Capt'n," reports the First Mate.

"Probably with their tails between their legs," snorts Bart. "But best to wait to hear..."

*Shiirrzzzrat* finishes the wizard. I slight shimmer runs over the equine's body.

"Shit," exclaims the Captain. He raises his arm to backhand the lapine, but stops. "Fine. Take us to the beach. Now!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 17, 2020, 01:40:36 PM
"We're not surrendering," announces Red, "simply buying time." The demoness continues to slowly wave the makeshift flag over her head.

"Look, we know they can teleport, so they'll probably be here any moment." She looks at those gathered on the front walk. "Who knows how many will show up, but I'm sure some will be left on the ship to keep the guns trained on the tavern. If we attack right away then a dozen or more cannons will fire on the tavern, and I'm sure they won't fire high and wide as that first shot 'across the bow'."

"If you are looking for direction, I'm just winging it," she smiles, shrugging her wings. "But if anyone can spell up a shield, a large wave, turn a ship, or whatever else comes to mind that might be helpful, now's the time to speak up."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 17, 2020, 10:31:00 PM
The creature sneered as the humans came to join them, his muscles twitching a bit with the desire to attack them returning."Do not think to involve me in your plans." Rikerg said to Leonie, "Or yours if you expect me to attend to her." He added to Sir Tikk when he concurred with the woman's words.

"I can catch them, but not that many at once. From this distance I cannot figure where they would be aiming, either." He thought for a moment, "What if we hold them hostage? Not kill them but show that we will if they fire again."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 18, 2020, 02:42:22 AM
Aisling flickered in and out of view as she stepped into and out of shadow.  True invisibility wouldn't work in so much daylight, but she could still work a minor glamour spell that could deflect views, if she needed.

"If you wish anyone dead, just tell me.  Or maybe something stolen," she said into Red's ear.

Then she disappeared back into the shadows at the front of the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 18, 2020, 09:56:40 AM
"A pity" murmurs Tikk in Leonie's ear in response to Rikerg's comment.  "Do you need me to get down?" he adds.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 18, 2020, 06:21:42 PM
"I can't do a shield big enough," Leonie said.   " Well, I could but it would take hours.  The ship is too far away for me to affect directly.  I can't really think of anything except chucking things at it.  Unless I go over there, then I could probably set it on fire or something.  But they'd shoot me, so I'd rather not." 

She looked at Peter in the hope that he could suggest something, and  rubbed Sir Tikk's head.  "If you want, but you don't have to, not yet."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 18, 2020, 06:26:17 PM
"just say when and I'll jump and run.  That's something I can do, at least."  Tikk rubbed his head against her chin and gave a small murp.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 18, 2020, 06:54:33 PM
Peter was standing on the side of Red where Rikerg was NOT, and looked at his gloved hands quietly. "I'm afraid I'm not a wizard or other magic user," he said regretfully, but with a determined expression. "But I'll do what I can."

Reggie sat at Peter's heel, alert, staring at the pirate ship.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 19, 2020, 01:38:37 PM
One moment there was open beach and the next the pirates were standing at the end of the walk. At first it looked like there was only two, two very big anthropomorphs, the tall equine, Black Bart, and a huge white male ursine next to him. But then as the pair walked towards the tavern, they revealed a short white male lapine who reluctantly followed.

“If you can reach the ship,” Red whispers to Asling, “then go do what you can.”

The captain stops ten paces from the gathering. “Do you surrender?”

“Yes, yes, of course,” Red drops the broom and sashays towards Bart. “I’m all yours, my Captain.”

“And this Tavern?”

“What’s mine is yours, darling.” The demoness steps up and lightly traces her fingertips up his chest, “Take what you want.”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 19, 2020, 02:51:45 PM
"I don't think I'm old enough for this, I only turned 4 recently you know," Sir Tikk mumbles as he stares.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 19, 2020, 04:13:09 PM
This was Peter's first look at the Furry Pirates (TM), and he swallowed a gasp. Animals that walked upright like humans... dressed like human pirates... He had seen various Disney movies, like "Robin Hood", so it wasn't a completely foreign concept. Still, seeing it in the hairy flesh was entirely different.

Reggie was vibrating with the effort not to move from Peter's side, growling quietly under his breath. **Rabbit! I love rabbits! They always run!!**

"Steady," Peter breathed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 19, 2020, 06:28:12 PM
Leonie's concept of Furries was nerdy fetishists with hygiene problems wearing costumes they'd made out of pajamas.  Like Peter, the real thing gave her conceptual whiplash.  They were so big and hairy and salty and they smelled like.... well, frankly, they smelled better than human pirates would, especially the vegetarian Equine, but still.

Red's obvious come-on was even more disorienting.  "Oh, God, I need brain bleach."  People screwing animals, even anthropomorphic ones, was way outside the mainstream in human culture.  What was the norm in Furry culture?  Probably equally icky.  But then again these were pirates, they might not be offended at all.

"Better hang onto him," she muttered to Peter.  "That rabbit's big enough to kick his furry little butt.  Even if he wasn't a magician."  She wondered if the surrender would give her a chance to talk shop with the Lapine. He was obviously good with portal magic.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 19, 2020, 11:51:51 PM
Longboat sighed again and said, "I guess I misread that," and slowly became less interesting. He became boring, actually. A dullard. The sort of person who does not need any attention. People might be wondering why they had ever paid any attention at all to him as he slowly walked away, dejectedly. No Singing.

He made his way to a spot on the water's edge that was out of sight of the Pirate Ship.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 20, 2020, 03:23:18 AM
"I'd need help getting to the ship," Aisling told Red.  Then she saw the fae-ish singer working a sort of glamour and she ran over to him.  She wasn't entirely invisible due to the lack of shadows, but her own deflection glamour should be good enough for anyone who wasn't watching for it.

"Can you get me to the ship?" she said quietly to him as he made his way towards the shore. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 20, 2020, 04:59:40 AM
Rikerg didn't assault the pirates as they appeared, or so much as growl at them. He stared, sniffing the air loudly as he commited their strange scents to memory. He hadn't seen creatures like them, and was curious.

Red gave such a convincing performance that Rikerg fell for it. He thought she had a change of heart and actually decided to relinquish her possessions to the pirates. Since they were hers to give up, or at least he thought they were, he didn't try and convince her not to.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 20, 2020, 11:49:57 AM
"Oh, don't you be worrying, lass," replied Bart, "I'll be having you, and when I'm done, the crew will as well."

He grabbed her wrist. "But some business first. I'll need some insurance you truly are surrendering, and then I'll be seeing just what your tavern be having besides your shaved body as booty."

"Cornelleous, those two," he nodded at Peter and Lionie. The lapine nodded and cast his spell. A circle light appeared on the ground around them and their animals.

Red winked at the teleportees before they disappeared.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 20, 2020, 01:55:36 PM
Leonie had already failed to notice that Longboat was back among them, so his fading off into the background was superfluous as far as she was concerned.  "Fucking rapists!" she exclaimed at Bart's comment, and was busy reviewing all the personal protection and attack spells she could think of when the Lapine sorcerer took her, Tikk, Peter and Reggie by surprise. The prickling sensation of a portal spell rushed over her and the Tavern grounds vanished.

"Son of a bitch!"  She was standing in a small wooden room that was rocking underfoot and smelled strongly of bilgewater.  There was another faint circle drawn in the floor and a tiny priesthole of window in the presumably locked door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 20, 2020, 02:13:20 PM
Peter had opened his mouth to respond to Leonie, when Red distracted him by winking at them. "Oh, dear, I've got a bad --" he started, ending up in a small, dark outhouse of a room. He was startled, but managed to keep his feet.

**Th' fuck...?** Reggie said.

"Shit-shit-shit," Peter gasped to Leonie. "We're on that ship, aren't we?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 20, 2020, 04:00:16 PM
Sir Tikk was uncharacteristically quiet for several moments before quietly asking "We're on water aren't we?  Oh my...oh my...do not let me down, pleeease??  I'll even consent to sitting in this sack on your back!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 20, 2020, 11:15:26 PM
"I can probably get you a tow, but it will be hard to avoid detection unless you can stay underwater for awhile," Longboat whispered to Aisling. "I don't have teleports, or water walking or anything, I'm just good with boats and friends with the sea. It looks like my ride is here, and there seems to be one for you too if you want it." Longboat gestured to a pair of dolphins that had come in almost to shore. "If this does not coordinate with your skills, having someone at the tavern that the pirates have not yet made can offer strategic advantages as well. I don't really have a plan, but I will sink the ship as a last resort. Their guns will be less problematic at the bottom of the bay, but I would like to find a more gentle way to neutralize the threat."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 21, 2020, 05:36:15 AM
"I'll accept the tow, thank you," Aisling said to Longboat.  "Although how long I can stay under water might be a challenge."  It was possible she could draw on some shadow-magic to help her breathe.  This would all be so much easier at night, when she usually performed her tasks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 21, 2020, 12:59:18 PM
"That rabbit is really good with portal magic," Leonie said, very impressed.  She was used to portals being upright doorways in thin air that you had to step through.  Even a Traveler couldn't just send someone away without going himself. 

Before she could answer Peter or reassure Tikk, the priesthole in the door opened and a supercilious black Feline face looked through.  "Aye, it's more of these hairless freaks for hostages," the Panther said to whoever was behind him, and then grinned at Peter and Leonie in a way that showed sharp white teeth set in a bonecrushing jaw.  In the close quarters, the rank breath of a predator washed right over them.  "Mmmm, they smell like pork.  Do us a favor, eh?  Try to escape."  He licked his muzzle and slammed the little door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 21, 2020, 01:41:10 PM
Peter took a step back out of reflex, bumping lightly into Leonie in the tight space, when the panther (or was it just a very large house cat?) filled the priesthole. "Whoa!" he yelped, then, "Sorry," to Leonie when the feline was gone.

Reggie gave a couple of startled barks, then stood tensely at Peter's feet, growling under his breath.

Peter looked at Leonie. "Well, the gauntlet has been tossed," he said. "I was planning on trying to escape if we're still here tonight. Do you object?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 21, 2020, 02:46:07 PM
"Tonight!" Leonie said.  She lowered her voice because it was clear from the general muffled row the pirates were making how easily sound carried through the bulkheads of the crowded ship.  "Definitely not waiting that long.  Who knows what they'll do to Red and the others in the meantime?  I think we should do something to take out these guns while we're on board.

"You said you're not a magician, yeah?  What do you do, if you don't mind me asking?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 21, 2020, 03:06:21 PM
"I thought darkness would be a plus," Peter said, "but you definitely have a point." He gave the door a once over, noting any weak points, as he answered Leonie. "I... It's less combative than informative." He raised a hand, showing her his black fingerless gloves. "These are more than just a bad fashion statement. When I touch a person or object with my whole hand, I get information: intent, origin, emotion -- I never know what or how much I'll learn. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, hence the gloves. Psychometry. It only works when I use the whole hand."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 21, 2020, 03:56:37 PM
"This is bad...this is very bad!"  Sir Tikk grumbled from his post on Leonie's shoulder.  "I..do cat.  Very well.  And talk.  A lot.  Especially when I'm nervous.  Oh and shed!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 21, 2020, 07:55:47 PM
"Less than two minutes will give us plenty of time to get to the ship from the point where they could see us," Longboat replied. "I can take an extra breath and resupply you once if you are having trouble, but it is a bit intimate. They might have wards, or perhaps even traps, but my experience is that ships with much underwater awareness look quite different. But , before you commit to our adventure you should know that these...  beings, have surprised me twice already."

As he was talking, Longboat removed his pants and shirt, folded them carefully and put them on the shore. Then he waded out to the first dolphin and demonstrated the technique of holding the fin. "May I introduce Kik and Kwik."

"Oh, and there are likely to be crew members that are not loyal, or have been pressed, kidnapped, or otherwise innocent, and we should see if we can ID them and either cause conflict among the crew or gather allies. I also think that I located their alcohol stash if you find an opportunity to encourage the crew to consume it. But you seemed eager to head out there..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 22, 2020, 04:31:09 AM
"It will take time to get to the ship and to secure the canons.  Who knows what may happen in the interim?"  Aisling said.  "I think I will manage the way underwater, but if these sleek swimmers might surface a time or two, that would be more comfortable.  I think my glamour will help me remain unnoticed."

"Greetings to you, Kik and Kwik."

She continued quickly,  "I think we should split up once we reach the ship.  You're likely better at managing the crew.  I'm best at hiding and killing, so I'll head to those manning the cannons.  I might try and just render them unconscious if you think there are crew that might be better left alive, but I can make you no promises."

She didn't bother removing any clothing.  She was used to going into all situations, even swimming in seawater (and better that than sewars!).  It was spelled to shed dirt and water, and such give-aways as scents.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 22, 2020, 10:56:19 AM
"Squeeze the fin like this if you need to surface, again to go back down," Longboat demonstrated, while simultaneously making a series of whistles and clicks with his mouth. "The one thing I am sure they are watching vigilantly, is for anything approaching their ship on the surface. They may also be watching below the surface better than I am anticipating. As for disabling the cannon crew, I am hoping we don't get to the bloodbath stage, but they might be trigger happy. Given my success at reading them, it may be for the best if that turns out to be your call."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 22, 2020, 11:36:03 AM
Once Peter and Leonie and the two animals have disappeared, Black Bart turns to Rikerg. "Now you, my big fellow, might be just what we could be using on our crew." He looks the giant up and down. "I imagine you to be a scrap in fight. I tell you what, if you can beat Rex here, I'll be taking you onto my crew. You'd get a chance to sail to adventure, a share in the booty, and other benefits," he nods towards Red.

The large white ursine growls at Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 22, 2020, 12:48:28 PM
"That's cool!" Leonie said.  Peter clearly hadn't made the cut for Brakebills, but he would make a good hedge-witch.  "Not quite escape-oriented though.  I'm sure we could break out of here easy, the problem is all the nasty armed pirate animals.  Hmm... maybe we don't need to escape as such, quite yet."

She took Sir Tikk off her shoulders and soothed him with some petting and chin-stroking, before putting him in Peter's arms.  "Here, just... hold him a sec, please."  She took the backpack off and dumped its contents.  Along with personal belongings and junk food wrappers, her Fifth Year textbooks spilled onto the floor.  They looked more like grimoires, being leatherbound and apparently hand-written with beautiful calligraphy rather than printed.  Leonie's own scrawled notes in the margins looked like outright vandalism in comparison. 

Crouching, she grabbed one and scanned its index before leafing to a page near the back.  "I thought so!  I took Elemental Transformations last quarter, and there's a spell here for rendering gunpowder inert."  She looked up at Peter.  "Do you think touching the floor or ceiling or the walls would tell you if we're anywhere close to the gun deck?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 22, 2020, 02:58:04 PM
Sir Tikk cuddled up under Peter's chin (assuming he holds him) and started a quiet and soothing purr.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 22, 2020, 03:43:37 PM
Peter took Sir Tikk without hesitation, earning him a dirty look from Reggie. **Oh, please. Really.**

Peter was watching Leonie's unpacking of her back pack with interest. The leather-bound tombs caught his attention. "Those look heavy," he said, scratching Sir Tikk's ears.
"I can probably learn that, yes. The wood connects like a road map. It should show me the most direct route to the powder room."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 23, 2020, 12:44:28 AM
At Leonie's comment, he considered her to be overreacting, as Red was now agreeing to this exchange. He perked up when the humans disappeared, although he had wished the animals had stayed. He didn't admit to it, but what Leonie said did stick with him, as he had no issue with Red fornicating with the lot of the crew, but he wanted to be sure that she really was okay with it.

"Do you truly want to fuck all of them?" he asked Red. Rikerg turned his head around to check if there was anyone else that the furry was speaking to, as he wasn't used to being invited to anything. "Usually scraps are what's left of who I fight." He didn't ask what would happen if he lost to the bear, as he was sure he wouldn't. He didn't know if he actually wanted to join a pirate crew, but he thought it would be rude to reject the offer outright.

"I've fought bears before, but never a white one." he said, straightening up before throwing a punch at Rex. Unlike with the others, he wasn't attacking with ferocity or the intent to maul or maim. Though his blackened fist was as hard as his claws, he kept them curled to prevent from accidentally stabbing the anthro.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 23, 2020, 11:38:50 AM
Longboat seemed quite chatty, and was beginning to realize how much he had missed the high seas in an age of wooden ships and wind power. "I suppose we WOULD be better off arriving separately since we have different stealth abilities. Plus, my enthusiasm may impact my caution. Good Luck, Aisling," he waved as they headed off on the powerfully fast sea mammals. "And use the skate to cover your approach," he finished as he went under, and a large skate took position over him and Kik as they flew along the sea floor.

When he reached the ship, he stayed on the sea floor below the skate, and asked Kik to let him know when Aisling had been dropped off by Kwik

The water he was in was so clear. He was glad he remembered the skates, because the bottom might be visible from the ship. He was worried about coming out from under the skate since the water was so clear, and he looked carefully for any signs of triggers, alarms, wards, or magical eyes on the ship hull above him. He also located the room where the circle was inscribed on the floor, and figured out which side of the chamber he had weakened. He clearly could no longer do circle magic, but he thought he might be able to remember how to disable it.

But the water was warm. Clearer and fresher than he had been in in a long time. It was very nice, lying here on the bottom of the bay, waiting to give Aisling a chance to be sneaky before blundering onto the ship. He had not been particularly effective today, even by his declining standards, but he was excited, relaxed, and in a better mood than he had been in for decades. Finally, there was some desperately needed adrenaline (or some Elven equivalent) coursing through those ancient ossified veins.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 23, 2020, 12:26:34 PM
"I'm hoping we won't have to go anywhere at all," Leonie said, sitting crosslegged with the text in her lap, "if we're sharing one of these walls -- I mean bulkheads -- with the gun section.  Or the floor or even the ceiling.  Let me know what you find out."

She read through the spell and made more notes in the margin.  "The material component is some inert material.  Helium... or neon. Hm," she said dubiously.  "Wait, a noble metal would work too.  Have you got anything made of gold?  Or platinum?"  She did not have any visible jewelry -- multiple ear piercings, but nothing in them.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 23, 2020, 01:07:46 PM
Peter cocked his head at the large cat in his arms. "I have to put you down to do this, Sir Tikk. Will you be okay on the floor?" He glanced sharply at Reggie, who was watching the two of them with interest. "WILL he, Reggie?"

Reggie rolled his eyes -- a strange sight when done by a dog -- and said, **Yeah, yeah. Total truce, man.**

"Reggie says he'll behave," said Peter. To Leonie he said, "I have a gold earring. Will it do? It isn't very big."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 23, 2020, 01:29:24 PM
Distract, divide and conquer. Distract to mislead and split up, and divide so we can conquer. Individual talents require individual solutions.

Red hung limply from Bart's grip on her wrist. This brute wasn't going to be a problem for the demoness, but she was waiting for the right moment. If the crew on the ship thought anything was amiss, she imagined they'd be quick to fire, destroying the tavern for the sheer thrill of it.

Although she had only seen Rikerg in action once, she doubted he'd have much trouble with the polar bear. And with Peter, Leonie, and Tikk on the ship, and hopefully Longboat and Aisling as well, soon the crew will have to deal with them, giving Red her opening.

The only unknown was the bunny wizard. He was the true loose cannon. Just what would he do if the table was suddenly turned? Would he protect his captain? Or turn tail and retreat? She figured she could grab the wand before turning her attention on the equine, but what if he could do magic without it? What if he needs it to retreat? Would the demoness just be forcing his hand into doing something drastic? Obviously the bunny was an unwilling participate, a captive servant who fears Black Bart yet can do nothing about it because he sees no way out. And while the Sliding Tavern could certainly be his way to freedom, he knows nothing of that. There was no time educate or convince him of his possible freedom. This, however, made it hard for Red to include killing him in her scheming. The pirate captain on the other hand...

As a succubus, Red was curious just what sort of ride this equine could provide. Perhaps, she mused, she could use him before taking his life. But first things first: turn the table on these Furry Pirates. She waited patiently for some sign that the ship was no longer capable of attacking the tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 23, 2020, 02:09:12 PM
Sir Tikk eyed the dog then heaved a sigh.  "If I must..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 23, 2020, 02:13:10 PM
"It should do if it's pure enough and if you don't mind you won't get it back," Leonie said, and continued muttering to herself and making notes and flipping to other parts of the book. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 23, 2020, 02:39:58 PM
Peter sat Sir Tikk on the floor next to Leonie, and took off the small hoop earring that had been hidden by his hair and handed it to her. "It's 24 carat," he said.

Then he began removing his gloves as Reggie let his jaws open and lolled his tongue out, grinning at Tikk. A gold band glinted on Peter's ring finger as he began running his hands over the rough wood.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 23, 2020, 03:11:05 PM
Tikk eyed Reggie and heaved a heavily put upon sigh.  He turned his attention to Leonie and carefully watched what she was doing.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 23, 2020, 03:20:27 PM
Rex has no issue playing it for keeps. He rushes at Rikerg with his spiked battle hammer swinging overhead. The eight-foot tall ursine spins the six-foot, 25-pound weapon with ease and brings it down with the intent of cleaving the giant's head wide open.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 23, 2020, 04:10:20 PM
Instead of dodging the weapon, he met it with the spiked crown of horns on his head. Which, despite the force of the blow, were not even scuffed. He felt the impact, still, his teeth rattling a bit.

Rikerg aimed another punch at the bear, though under his jaw to try and knock him unconscious, or at least off balance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 23, 2020, 05:12:33 PM
Rikerg's uppercut sent Rex onto his back, but the ursine quickly rolled and regained his feet. Spatting out some blood, he rushes at Rikerg head down to knock the horned giant off his feet.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 23, 2020, 05:56:39 PM
The skate was getting fidgety, as this was not its usual nap time. Longboat was fidgety too as he realized that if the ship was drifting, the guns would be harder to train. He crawled across the seafloor, while the skate lazily drifted above him until they reached the anchor.  Millennia of marlinespike training should allow him to detach the anchor from the rode in no time. The ship would not move quickly in these light conditions, but the cannon would now drift continually off their targets.

Then he called Kik to make his escape, since monitoring the anchor is not uncommon on a well run ship.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 23, 2020, 06:00:04 PM
Rikerg took the moment that the other was down to shake his head, trying to recover from the hard hit. So he wasn't prepared to be struck full force and was knocked back onto the sand.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 23, 2020, 08:57:20 PM
After the bum rush, Rex rises to his full height, and roars to the sky. Then, swinging the spiked hammer in a huge arc, he brings it down, aiming for the center of the giant's chest.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 24, 2020, 01:29:08 AM
The sea creatures worked perfectly together and Aisling sped quickly towards the ship.  The shadow of the skate enabled her to slip in and out, so she was less of a drag on the dolphin and she didn't need a breath.  She went to the far side of the ship and released her ride before pulling herself up in the shade of the hull.  The tiniest hand-holds allowed her to climb up.  Being mostly incorporeal also helped.  Water slid off her due to her shadow-stalking, and her spelled clothing.  By the time she climbed over the side and onto the deck, she was dry.

Keeping to the shadows, she quickly headed towards the smell of smoke and gunpowder.  The canons weren't hard to find.  They could only be firing the ones facing towards the Tavern.  The ship also seemed to be shifting slightly in the water, so the crew was busy trying to better sight and aim, while they waited for a signal to fire.

So many convenient shadows around!  She traveled silently and easily.  Even in the tight spaces of the ship, there was no difficulty.  She had her daggers in both hands--they were invisible and untangible until she needed them.  Whenever she came across someone she used the pommels to knock the creatures unconscious (usually only one well-aimed hit would do, but she had two daggers to make sure, as some creatures had harder heads than others.  She also had a garrote, but couldn't be sure the beasts would survive at all.  She could easily kill with a blow, but tried not to let herself get carried away. 

She tried to catch the falling bodies, but some thumped against the wood floors and wall anyway.  She was in a hurry to disable as many as she could, so she didn't really care to be as silent as she could be.  Plus the ship was hardly quiet, what with the gun crew shouting to each other and moving the heavy gun on it's wooden, wheeled base.   Other crew moving around the decks also made noise, as did the ship itself, which was full of creaks and groans amidst the softer slaps of the water.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 24, 2020, 01:02:14 PM
Leonie took the earring and made it float between her hands while she did what looked like a cat's-cradle of silver tracing lines that disappeared almost as soon as they appeared through it and around it, muttering in Ancient Persian.  About halfway through, she broke off, the spell going awry and the earring clattering to the floor.  "The Circumstances changed.  What the hell?"  She shifted position, picked up the earring  and tried again.  This time, she got all the way through, getting the gold prepped for use.

"That was weird," she told Peter, clutching the now rather warm earring in her left hand.  "Suddenly I was facing in a different direction.  The ship must be moving.  Have you figured out where the guns are?"

There was also more signs of disturbance on the ship.  More shouting and boots on the deck.  "I wonder what's going on."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 24, 2020, 02:24:58 PM
Peter was distracted for a moment by Leonie's startlement, but quickly went back to work. The ship was a hot bed of bad events and horrors infused into the seasoned wood, scenes flashing uncomfortably behind Peter's closed eyes. Steeling himself against the onslaught, he straightened his back and placed his palms flat against the ceiling. "Found it," he said immediately. "The gunpowder and weapons are above us. Not exactly a reassuring position..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 24, 2020, 04:29:10 PM
The ship was drifting and the First Mate called for the spare anchor to be attached to the line now bereft of one. Down in the gallery, the gun crews were dropping like flies. Those remaining were quick to pull weapons and turn about in fear. A silent and invisible stalker was moving through them like a plague. Some even began slicing the air, hoping to ward off whatever was attacking.

On shore, Red could see that the ship was slowly twisting and drifting in the water. The starboard side no longer presented itself face on to the tavern. Disruptions were happening on the ship, but thankfully the captain and his bunny wizard were busy watching the two massive brutes fight.

Red pondered. Was now the time to strike? She still hadn't formulated a plan for the wizard, and decided she'd just have to deal with him on the fly. As for the captain, she figured there was little chance that she could subdue him without injuring him, probably severely or even fatally, and she would just have to do without her fantasy of using the equine as a sex toy. She sighed. Oh well, there's plenty of other delightful dishes on the table.

Looking out at the ship the demoness gave it a few more moments to twist further, and hopefully more time for whatever chaos the inn mates were doing to escalate further.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 24, 2020, 05:19:39 PM
Leonie was engaged in reviewing another spell in a different book.  "Up there?  Shoot," Leonie said.  "That's going to make it trickier.  Hold this." She handed him the earring, which was still warmer than it should be.  "And give me a boost."

Assuming Peter cooperated, she climbed up onto his shoulders for easier access to the rough plank underside of the gun deck.  Using a ballpoint pen, she drew a circle about two inches in diameter on the wood, then scribbled several weird symbols and math equations around it.  "Hold steady..."  She recited a spell and touched her fingers to the circle.

A hole suddenly developed in the wood as if an invisible drill was going through it.  Chips flew and sawdust drifted down, causing Leonie to swear and guard her eyes.

"Okay, pass me the earring.  You doing okay?"

When she had the gold in her hand, she began the main spell, and when it was done, she blew something through the hole as hard as she could. 

"Okay, let me down.  I hope that worked..."

On the gun deck, everyone was too distracted and terrified by the mysterious agency rendering the gunners unconscious to notice when a small hole appeared in the floor.  But at least some of them were bound to notice when a swirling, glittering dust cloud rose up from the hole and began to dissipate throughout the cramped space.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 24, 2020, 06:05:38 PM
Peter steadied himself and pulled his hair out of the way as Leonie climbed onto his shoulders, then he stood upright again. He was averagely tall -- a six footer -- and he adjusted to her weight for the short haul. Handing her the earring, he said, "Something unusual is going on up there. There's excitement and fear. Confusion."

He let her back down, shaking the sawdust out of his hair, and began to pull on his gloves. "How will we know that it worked?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 24, 2020, 06:07:28 PM
There a LOT of crew at the cannons.  It wasn't always easy to get in the right position to deliver an effective blow, but having so many shadows belowdeck helped tremendously.  She just bided her time and shifted from shadow to shadow and struck as fast and well as she could. 

The confusion of the crew helped so much.  They got in each other's way, tripping each other, screaming out at nothing, and even nearly eviscerating each other in the panic.

Some of them retreated as surreptitiously as they could.  Those might be merely afraid and wise, or they might be some of those that were more unwilling.  Aisling couldn't be sure, but if they weren't going to be an immediate threat they were ignored in favor of those shouting orders and the more blood-thirsty ones swinging weapons.

She was always careful of her surroundings, so she did notice some spell-casting taking place.  She didn't notice it among any of the immediate crew, however.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 24, 2020, 09:54:56 PM
After already losing half of the gun crew from some sort of shadow creature pandemonium struck the gun crew as a weird golden dust drifted through the gun deck. Those still standing quickly rushed for the deck, abandoning their station.

The First Mate was surveying the clear water over the side of the ship and getting his crew to attach the spare anchor when crew members come up from below, wide-eyed and panicked.

"WHAT YE DOING ABANDONING YER POST?" He shouts as he strides over.

"A curse is upon us, a shadow and dust that is killing the crew," explains one of the more coherent furries.

"Then now is the time to fire! FIRE!" he shouts, though none are at their station.

Stuck between the frying pan and the fire, the remaining gun crew turn back for the galley, betting the unknown to be better than the known punishment for disobeying orders.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 24, 2020, 10:18:24 PM
Longboat circled slowly around to the aft gun ports below the great cabin and peaked in after carefully watching and listening. He told Kik and Kwik to hang out and be ready to pull him and Aisling back out of here if they dove in from the ship. He slipped into the ship and found nearly the whole sweep of the deck open but with very low headroom (which would explain two banks of guns on two masted ship). He guessed the open run of the deck was because the the capstan was behind the aft mast, yet needed to access the anchor rode in the bow.

This section, with the capstan, was mostly empty except for bodies. Well, he had told Aisling it was her call. They clearly presented a deadly threat. But...  wow.

At any rate, it would explain why the crews' response to the anchor was a bit more indifferent than he had anticipated. As the activity above turned to a genuine commotion, he heard someone shout "fire!" from the other end of the ship. Then he found a dark corner behind a post and made a small hole in the deck above, assuming the crew would be unable to hit a target past point blank range now that the ship was moving.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 24, 2020, 10:38:35 PM
Leonie was five-foot-six and slender, so Peter had been able to take the strain pretty well.

She was on her knees rapidly shoving her books and things back into her backpack.  "We'll know when they try to ignite the powder and it doesn't burn.  I only got the stuff on the gun deck right now, though.  They probably have a powder room with more."

She stood up, all packed.  "We should think about escaping.  They sound panicked and I bet they're gonna want to kill the hairless weirdoes pretty soon.  It'd be easy to get out of the cell, but... I don't know how we avoid being shot.  I can't do a mobile shield that would stop a bullet.  Of course," she added, brightening, "I must have gotten at least a few of their flintlocks, too."

There was a distant shout of"FIRE!"  Leonie cocked her head, listening.  "Well, that sounds promising," she said when there was no immediate discharge of cannon, not realizing that the gun crews had to scramble back below deck first.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 25, 2020, 02:25:06 AM
Despite the bear's ferocity, Rikerg hadn't been taking the fight seriously at all, so he was only able to scrape the side of the weapon with a claw as it came down and struck him in the chest. It made a similar sound like when it had hit his horns, but now there was a slight tearing of flesh as blood dark enough to almost be called black slowly seeped out of the wound. But it wasn't that which had upset the creature, but rather:

"My clothes!" He lamented, the spiked hammer having torn his shirt open to reveal the black, hardened substance covering his heart and veining out. With a growl, he tried to yank away the hammer as he swung his claws at the others chest to return the insult.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 25, 2020, 08:18:30 AM
"We won't have to swim will we??  GET WET??!!"  Sir Tikk started out as a whine and ended in panic.  "I don't know if I can swim...I'm a dam house cat, not some...some..wild untamed furball!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 25, 2020, 11:38:46 AM
Longboat poked his head into the great cabin, and saw a Golden Retriever and an Ostrich very focused on shoving a large timber across the door to block it shut, while someone outside yelled, "there's something coming, I don't know where it is!"

Longboat quietly replaced  the floor section he had removed, and said, "Good idea, keep that thing on the other side of the door and stick with me and you will be safe." As he said this, a wave of relief and calmness swept out of Longboat and washed across the cabin. But the Ostrich was too high strung and turned and fired his flintlock at Longboat before he could stop himself. The round ball just nicked his left thigh as Longboat dove out the stern windows in a shower of glass.

"Over here, I have one," shouted a large Grey Wolf firing a pistol into the water after Longboat from the poop deck above the great cabin, drawing some crew attention toward the stern and away from the bow.

True to form, Kik was there to whisk him to the bottom of the bay, and they continued in a large circle around the ship.

Longboat had misjudged yet another one of these creatures, and now he was trapped between a pirate ship of death, or bleeding while in tropical waters. But he felt more alive than he had in.....
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 25, 2020, 12:44:36 PM
Peter bent to slide his fingers to a hidden sheath inside his boot, removing a good-sized switch blade and snapping it open. In his reading of the little room, he had located the position of the latch holding the door closed, and began digging at the wood from his side of the door frame with the superior modern blade. To Sir Tikk he said, "Every cat I've ever heard of can swim if they have to. Some cats even enjoy it, if you can believe it."

**Yeah** thought Reggie, still unsure whether the cat understood him or not. **Don't be a pussy**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 25, 2020, 02:50:30 PM
Rex had fully expected that his spiked hammer arc to the chest maneuver would end the fight. All of his previous opponents had never withstood a direct, full swing blow. As such, he had left himself open when Rikerg clawed at the ursine's chest. The large spikes dug three deep furrows in the fur, tearing skin and muscle to the bone. The polar bear cries out and stumbles back.

"Enough!" calls out Black Bart. "You've proved your worth."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 25, 2020, 02:57:54 PM
Sir Tikk's eyes narrowed as Peter spoke.  With a small sniff he mumbled, "not sophisticated indoor cats!" just loud enough for Peter and Leonie to hear.  Standing, he stretched then eyed Reggie.  In a quiet voice he added, "I know  you are laughing at me!  At least you have your human..." Tikk looked up at Leonie, "I have my new one and I'm not going to let her go!  If I have to...swim" here he made a face, scrunching up his whiskers "then so be it."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 25, 2020, 03:03:01 PM
Some of the furries who had been knocked out by Asling awake at the sounds of yelling and general commotion. They return to the cannons as others who had abandoned their post return. They move to the aft guns since the ship has drifted. These guns happen to be furthest from the brig. They aim them at the tavern, even as the ship continues to drift. They light the fuses. Of the four aft cannons, the two lower ones do nothing, while the two upper fire.

BOOM! BOOM! Two cannonballs fly at the tavern. One hits a gable, tearing a large hole through an upper attic. The other goes left, missing the tavern by feet and hits the hothouse in  an explosion of glass.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 25, 2020, 03:53:47 PM
"AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!"  Sir Tikk screeches, ducking his head and cowering with his ears back.  "What the fluff was that?? My ears...."  With the humans occupied, he sidles up to Reggie and buries his head against the dog's side.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 25, 2020, 06:39:53 PM
Rikerg got up, licking the blood off of his claws, his own wound had already stopped bleeding, the little bit of blood that had oozed out already hardening. "It's too bad you didn't challenge me, I'm more partial to horse than bear." On top of fighting the bear, chasing after the human had expended a lot of energy, and he hadn't eaten in a while.

As far as he knew, a ceasefire had been called, as they had given up the humans in trade, and Red had done nothing to suggest that they were otherwise fighting again. He didn't know what a pirate was either, so he had no idea about the stereotypes that came along with them. So he was surprised when not one, but two cannonballs fired at the Tavern.

"You expect me to join a dishonest crew that attacks a foe that has surrendered?" He growled before lunging at Black Bart to try and attack him as well.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 25, 2020, 07:40:44 PM
"Oh, shoot!" Leonie said when two guns went off.  Seeing Tikk freak out, she picked him up and petted him and made soothing noises in between sentences.  "Although those didn't sound really close.  Maybe they were out of the spell's range.  Maybe I still got most of them."

Seeing Peter work the latch, she said, "So, you have a plan for not getting shot, then?  And for getting off back to shore?"  She nuzzled Sir Tikk.  "I don't want to swim either.  These books are too heavy and if they get soaked, they'll be useless." 

She pondered worriedly.  "I could levitate you guys over to shore.  That is, if I get a good look at it and still have time to work out the variables, and the Conditions don't change mid-flight.  You could carry the fuzzies and my backpack.  Then I could swim.  If nobody is shooting."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 25, 2020, 07:50:06 PM
Tikk clung to Leonie.  He was a HOUSE CAT dammit!  A PAMPERED HOUSE CAT NO LESS!  The most exciting thing to happen in his life prior to this had been his mistress burning food on the stove!  "I'm scared" he whimpered in Leonie's ear.  He would have to buck up eventually but right now he was not ready.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 25, 2020, 08:29:27 PM
Reggie crouched reflexively at the two loud booms, and was surprised when Sir Tikk burrowed into his side with fear. Tentatively the small terrier licked Tikk's ear before Leonie picked him up.

Peter had put his hands over his ears, a painful expression on his face, being glad that the firing canons were on the other side of the gun deck from them. "My plan for not getting shot is getting us out of this fish barrel of a room before they decide to shoot the hostages. Then we'll have to be real sneaky."

He listened to Leonie's plan, with all its qualifiers, and smiled gamely. "Okay," he said. "I have confidence in you."

**Yeah** Reggie muttered. **Sure. Me, too**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 25, 2020, 09:55:19 PM
Black Bart is about to reply to Rikerg when the horned giant rushes towards the captain. "Cornelleous!" he shouts as he pulls his flintlock.

The lapine wizard points his wand at Rikerg, muttering something, and a blue beam shoots out to envelop the giant in a levitation spell.

Red tightly grabs the wrist of the hand holding her and takes this opportunity to reveal to Bart just how strong she really is. She yanks the arm down while bringing up her free hand to push the equine in the chest, sending him sprawling on the grass lawn.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on April 25, 2020, 11:02:59 PM
Up by the bow, Longboat saw two weasels, and a third mustilid, perhaps an otter, in the water pulling up the empty anchor rode by hand and he decided the capstan was still not manned. They would not be able to lower a new anchor until the capstan was manned, even after the new anchor was attached.

As he was musing, something dove into the water ahead of him, several hundred feet out from the ship, and in a flash, He was face to beak with a Puffin. It stared for a moment, seemingly caught in time, then cocked its head and swam off in a flash toward the mustilids.  The power dynamics of the crew were clearly being strained, but Longboat was making too many misjudgments to guess what these characters were up to.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 26, 2020, 01:11:12 AM
The spell struck him, but he was prepared for another levitation spell, so he dug his claws into the ground, fighting the spell. He made no progress at all toward the equine as he was struggling just to keep from being pulled upward. He snarled, as using a mage instead of fighting himself was another cowardly move which made him dislike the captain more. Then Red flipped him over, and Rikerg ceased his growling and snarling, though he kept trying to pull himself down.

"Release me!" he told the rabbit.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 26, 2020, 03:55:36 AM
Aisling sighed as the gun crews returned.  She continued to knock them out.  So many hits to the head couldn't be good for them--but it's not like she had any choice.  It would be tempting to just blow up the powder room and get it all over with (she was sure she could find a slow enough fuse what with all these guns and cannon that needed firing). 

She'd been told not to just kill everyone, but those who were getting back up showed how stupid that was.  Slipping her daggers in and out was much easier than knocking these creatures out...  Not that she was getting tired.  She'd dealt with more than this a time or two.  Now and then she used the sharp end of her daggers on the more efficient crewmen.

She was annoyed that they'd fired any balls at the Tavern at all.  Who loaded all their guns beforehand like that?  But these creatures were obviously fools. 

If they had wanted to sack the Tavern, they should have just done it.  If they were looking for something else, they should have just avoided the Tavern.  Maybe stopped in for a drink and then went on.  But no. 

She decided they didn't deserve head-wounds any more than stab wounds.  Blood might give them a better idea about bothering to fire cannons when there was a threat right amongst them.  Maybe she'd take out her sword and remove some heads and limbs to give them more of a hint?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 27, 2020, 01:41:01 PM
"I am too," Leonie admitted to Sir Tikk.  "But with a little luck, we'll be okay."  She was not really convinced of that, but she wanted the cat to be comforted.  She hugged him and put him down.  "You'll be safer on your own paws.  You're small and sneaky and nonthreatening, nobody would shoot at you on purpose, but if I'm carrying you, you might get hit accidentally."

She followed when Peter got the door open, trying to be quiet in her Doc Martins.  The brig, it turned out, was a tiny shed-like structure that had been built in the lowest hold at the bow of the ship, right above the bilge and between the anchor chains.  The rest of the hold was full of cargo, barrels of water and crates of food.  Like the brig had been, once the pirates had gone away with their lantern, it was pretty dim.  Leonie relaxed a tiny bit.

But the only way out was a hatch with a ladder going up to the gun deck, whence came the sound of panic and pandemonium.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 27, 2020, 02:01:10 PM
The pandemonium on the pirate ship continues. Cannons won't fire, although the powder seems dry. Furries below deck are dropping as a shadow moves through them like wheat. The First Mate is trying to maintain order above deck as the crew rushes around looking for foes that can't be seen. He ordered some below deck to the capstan but there's been no word and the anchor line is still in the water. The crow from the crow's nest has reported that there is a fight on shore.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 27, 2020, 02:16:37 PM
"Give me a minute," Peter said, returning the knife to his boot. "I'll take a quick look."

Sucking in a deep breath to calm himself, Peter quickly and quietly made his way to the ladder. Reggie followed him, waiting at the bottom of the ladder as Peter carefully made his way up, keeping his body as low and crouched against the ladder as he could. Slowly he raised his head up, exposing nothing but his eyes and the top of his blond head.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 27, 2020, 05:11:49 PM
Rex took this opportunity to attack the demoness. He rushed at her, spiked hammer held high. "AArrrrhhggg!" he raged.

Red noticed the rapidly approaching ursine and decided enough was enough. She quickly gathered a fireball in her palm and pitched it at Rex.

Meanwhile, Black Bart was trying to get air back into his lungs while pulling his large saber.

The lapine wizard slowly retreated towards the beach, wand still held high as he continued the levitation spell. His eyes were locked on Rikerg and filled with fear as his other hand fumbled with the contents of his satchel.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 27, 2020, 05:18:41 PM
Sir Tikk murred in response as he was put down, trying to extricate his claws carefully from Leonie.  Once down he huddled down a bit back and watched, ready to bolt. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 28, 2020, 03:40:32 AM
Aisling wasn't really any more blood-thirsty than anyone else...  But she was Dark Fae, after all.   Some of the crew never got up again.  And some were leaking a lot of blood.  The majority were getting the blunt end of her weapons since she was trying to view this as a bit of an exercise in just knocking people out 

In her relatively brief experience of the world, this recalled some sort of fair entertainment she'd seen, where people scored by hitting sprung stocking puppets popping up from holes in a board.  Something to do with moles in holes?

She disappeared entirely where there was ANY bit of shadow.  She might only look like a shadow if bright light made her cast a shadow--although she was pretty sure if the crew wasn't panicking they could track where she was by those who were falling.  Not that it would make a huge difference.  When she could find even small bits of shadow, she could totally disappear into it.  A sword could be thrust into the space and wouldn't hit her.  It was a way of stepping partially out of this reality, and it made her one of the Queen's best spy and assassin, her Shadows, who were nigh infallible and who kept the Queen safe in her endless millenia of absolute power.

Aisling could be hit, of course, if she wasn't lost in shadow, for instance, when she was moving to strike.  But she was extremely swift, had incredible reflexes, and had centuries of experience.  And her clothes had a conveniet spell for deflecting hits, even if she hadn't needed it since she was a very young child.  And her glamour kept eyes off of her unless a fae extremely strong in glamour skills was looking carefully for her--and then they might sense her more than actually see her. 

Shadow Dancing was an unusual skill, and she had been taken by the Queen to be trained as soon as she showed a hint of ability.  Sadly, it had run in her family, so the Queen had her family secured and under her eye.  Aisling's other ability, Dream Walking, had made her doubly useful to the Queen.  And therefore, worth finding and getting dragged back into slavery no matter how long it took.  The Queen wasn't the type to give up someone who had crossed her, even if they weren't worth having back.

Aisling lept from spot to spot to keep the crew guessing, even though this was too easy, like spearing fish in a barrel.

She did notice someone trying to poke their head up from the deck below and made sure she kept eyes looking in other directions-- as well as she could manage, at any rate.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 29, 2020, 11:44:23 AM
Unlike with the human that had used the same spell on him, Rikerg was less brutal with his attempts to get out, and didn't seem to be trying to attack the rabbit.

"Release me and cast no more spells upon me, and I shall not harm you." He promised.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on April 29, 2020, 05:52:49 PM
Rex is engulfed in flame as the ball of fire washes over him. He screams and runs for the water. Red turns her attention back on Bart just as the captain hacks at a wing. The demoness is surprised as the sword cuts through the wing-bone. She is invulnerable to mundane weapons, but apparently his saber is not one. Red cries out in pain and anger. She staggers and her skin starts turning a dark, hot red.

The lapine finally finds what he was fishing for in his satchel and pulls forth a small vial. Pulling the cork with his teeth, the wizard drinks from the potion, which breaks his concentration. The levitation spell drops and Rikerg is freed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 29, 2020, 05:58:09 PM
Leonie was twitching with nerves at the bottom of the ladder, waiting for Peter to move or to say something.  She rubbed her fingers and blew on them in case she needed to spellcast really quickly.  There really was a lot of screaming going on up there... and in fact, blood was dripping through a knothole in the ceiling from the deck above, barely missing Reggie.  Were the pirates fighting each other, or was somebody like Mars up there laying waste with a flaming sword?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 29, 2020, 06:35:17 PM
The dimly lit gun deck was full of terrified mayhem. There were several obviously dead pirates lying here and there, others swinging frantically with naked swords at an unseen assailant stalking them. Peter hoped the assassin was on their side...

He looked around, quickly spotting an unoccupied corner behind the last cannon in the row. Carefully he eased himself back down as Reggie sniffed at a puddle of blood.

To Leonie, Peter said, "I've spotted a dark corner for you to do your mojo in. It's beside one of the cannons. When you're ready, I'll cut it loose and we can leave out of the gun port." He added, "I'm pretty sure it looks out toward the Tavern. If this sounds good, then I'll lead us up. We'll have to be VERY careful."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on April 29, 2020, 10:03:07 PM
Aisling continued to play with the gun crews.  It was a bit more of a challenge as she tried to attract their attention away from those trying to sneak up out of the lower deck.  She assumed the magic-users below-deck must be from the Tavern, as they looked too human to be part of this strange animalistic crew, at least judging by the blond head that had briefly poked itself up. 

She rolled some cannon shot across the aisle like playing at nine-pins, just for a change, then threw some ram-rods like spears.  She slid under, over, and around the big guns and crew, and started knocking heads and slicing bodies again. 

She focused on the crews trying to reload and fire, of course, but had to keep moving around to stay away from the crew that were blindly swinging swords about, so that wasn't always possible.  Still, there were far fewer crew at this point, and the gun deck was slippery with blood even though she used her blades far less than she could have.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 30, 2020, 01:54:25 PM
"Okay," Leonie said in a pale and jittery way, and gestured Peter to proceed.  When he had slipped through the hatch again, she boosted first Reggie, then Tikk up the ladder, and followed herself. 

The deck awash with blood and the survivors battled an elusive something that flickered and danced through the shadows and made pirates very dead wherever it went.  She gasped, "What's that?" while, hoping it wouldn't come near them, she scurried after Peter to a dark corner behind one of the aft cannons. 

She pressed against the inside of the hull and looked out the gunport toward land and the Tavern, which was sporting two more holes.  That gave her distance and direction and she just hoped the other Circumstances hadn't changed in the meantime.  "OK, I think I've got the calculations worked out, but be ready for a rough landing."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on April 30, 2020, 05:05:57 PM
Sir Tikk hurried into the dark corner where he crouched with his ears back, trying not to smell anything...or see anything.  "I'm more than ready!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on April 30, 2020, 05:58:24 PM
Reggie stood silent guard as Leonie worked out her calculations, ready to rend any pirate that came near, but all the action seemed to be centered at the other end of the deck.

Peter took a deep breath to calm himself. "Okay, let's do this." He pulled his blade and set to work sawing through the ropes holding the cannon in place, the sharp blade cutting quickly through the braided fiber. As soon as the cannon was loose, he began to push it away from the open gun port. Though the weapon was on wheels, it was solid and heavy. "I think I need a bit of help here, Leonie," he panted as it inched back under his steady pushing.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on April 30, 2020, 10:07:35 PM
When he landed on the ground, he kept his word, not attacking the rabbit or even giving him another glance. Instead, he focused on the equine who had just wounded Red. He charged at the captain, aiming to ram him back toward the ocean and his ship while moving between him and the demon to try and shield her from further attacks.

"Your ship is infested with humans." he growled out, "The wind brings the scent of fresh blood from it. Of your crew. You can die here or fight with them. It does not matter to me." He flexed his claws, keeping an eye on the singed ursine as well in case he tried to attack again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on April 30, 2020, 10:39:23 PM
Leonie dug her boots into the hardwood floor and put everything she had into shoving the gun.  She wasn't as strong as Peter, but a gust of wind happened to rock the ship just enough to give them a boost and the cannon rolled away a few feet. 

"Here!"  Leonie pushed her backpack into Peter's hands.  Once he had put it on his back, she handed him the animals, one for each arm.  "There's some fighting on the beach.  I'll aim away from them."

This set of gestures was more complicated than the spell to lift Rikerg, because she had to work out a lengthy and safe trajectory in advance.  But when it was done, Peter was lifted as by a giant hand, only it was grabbing him by an intangible point at his center of gravity.  "Straighten out!" Leonie said, because otherwise Peter was going to hit his head when she shot him through the gunport.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 01, 2020, 02:23:21 AM
"I'd like to be, under the Sea
In an Octopus's garden, in the shade..."

Lazily circling around the ship across  the sandy bottom through patches of weed, Longboat kept a keen eye on the mustilids. He could not really sneak back onto the ship while they could see him. He had kind of blown it by being too eager to reach the logbooks in the captain's quarters, and to make matters worse, he would need to surface for some air eventually, though probably not before Kik. As he circled around from the anchor to directly off the bow, he rose a little toward the surface, but stayed far enough down to slow the occasional bullet. The fore most cannon looked like it had been drawn in, but the port had not been closed, and Longboat wondered if they had some sort of magic they were going to fire at the Tavern.

Longboat and Kik dove back down to the bottom, and made a plan to leap out of the water from directly underneath the ship and slam the port shut before that tricky Rabbit could fire off his arcane nonsense.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 01, 2020, 10:31:18 AM
Tikk did his best not to squirm or use his claws then decided it would be better if he closed his eyes as to not panic and do those anyways.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 01, 2020, 12:46:39 PM
The sensation of being grabbed by an invisible hand gave Peter a moment of panic, and he clutched the two animals a little tighter. Nevertheless, he managed to stretch out on his back, pointed headfirst at the open gunport. "Fire when ready," he managed. "And get out yourself as soon as you can."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 01, 2020, 01:29:13 PM
"Wait, Leoni's not coming with?"  Tikk panicked a bit, almost struggling.  "YOU BETTER NOT LEAVE ME!!  I just got you!"  Tikk squirmed a bit to look at Leonie with pleading eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 01, 2020, 01:39:19 PM
High above the beach fray the crow circles, measuring the air currents and watching the fight below. In his claw he carries a gunpowder bomb with a flintlock fuse.

Prismatic sparkles erupt on the lapine's body and he suddenly shrinks, transforming into a rather ordinary-looking english hare. It blinks twice and then rapidly hops away towards the beach.

With one wing hanging limp Red begins to glow and the demoness palms another fireball. Then Rikerg interjects himself and bulldozes the equine. Flung ass over teacup the captain nonetheless manages to end up crouched facing his enemies. The notes that his best warrior has run for the surf and his wizard is hopping away. Still holding his saber he straightens and pulls his flintlock out with his other hand.

The crow ignites the fuse and drops the bomb, aiming for a spot between the giant beast and Black Bart.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 01, 2020, 05:42:21 PM
"I'll be right behind you!  It'll be okay!" Leonie babbled, trying to calm the kitty down.  "Tuck and roll!"  she told Peter, and then shot him out.

Unfortunately, an elf and a dolphin broke the surface at the high speed that such creatures are capable of, just as the young man, in superhero pose, cleared the gunport. 

Leonie had no time to alter Peter's trajectory; she just gasped and hoped that there wouldn't be a collision.


((Cirdan--I think it's actually the aftmost cannon.))
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 02, 2020, 12:56:40 PM
Longboat leapt off of the dolphin and grabbed onto the hull beside the port just as a young human was shot out of it. Now he reconsidered his plan of closing the port.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 02, 2020, 01:49:23 PM
As Peter was ejected from the pirate ship, he was startled to see a slim man, pantsless and dripping sea water, clinging to the side of the hull right next to the gun port. The man stared at them as Peter and the animals went by. Reggie barked as Peter gasped, "Leonie!"

Oh, please let him be on our side! he thought.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 02, 2020, 02:09:05 PM
Tikk hissed at the blur of another person as they shot by, then shut his eyes and tried his best to keep his claws to himself.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 02, 2020, 04:23:37 PM
"Oh!" Leonie breathed relief as Longboat neatly avoided colliding with Peter. 

As she had previously arranged, Peter and his armload flew low and fast over the waves, hopefully low and fast enough that no pirate up on deck noticed him in time to take a potshot at him.  He hit the beach in the deep sand above the high tide mark, a good thirty yards away from where the pirate captain was confronting Red and Rikerg and where, unknown to her, a crow had just dropped a bomb.

Then she stuck her head out to look at Longboat... er, quite a lot of Longboat, actually.  He had left his pants somewhere.  She blushed.  "Uh, hi."  She nervously looked back where the weird whirling dancing shadowy thing was running out of pirates to kill.  "I really want to get off this ship," she told the elf.  "Without getting stabbed.  Or shot."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 02, 2020, 04:31:17 PM
Sir Tikk bounced up from their landing and ran back to the shoreline to watch anxiously for Leonie, his head bobbing to try and get a better look over the sun and water.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 02, 2020, 04:33:21 PM
"Can you hold your breath for thirty seconds? Good, then take my hand," Longboat said and prepared to dive back into the water.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 02, 2020, 05:40:07 PM
He didn't know what the other weapon the captain had was, but figured it was some sort of wand. He snarled again, backing away a bit to get closer to Red.

"Find cover." He told her, not knowing what effects the spells might have. Rikerg tensed and started to charge at the other, but stopped when the bomb was dropped right in front of him, scuttling back in surprise.

He didn't know what a bomb was, but recognized the scent of gunpowder and look of a fuse. He didn't have time to try and knock it away, so he attempted to fling sand at it to muffle the flame.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 02, 2020, 07:34:22 PM
A full crew was needed to fire cannons efficiently.  Slowing down powder and shot monkeys, men who needed to swab down and load and tamp and set fuses, then roll out the cannon and sight, then set and light the fuse... all that took time and manpower. 

Of course, the only cannon that needed to be manned were those facing towards the Tavern.  It required fewer men, if they consolidated.  It also made Aisling's targets easier--although there were those who tried to guard themselves by stepping away and blindly swinging their knives and cutlasses.  She could still disappear into shadows, which made things so much easier for her.  She only had to hit the crew working on the cannons that were ready to be reloaded.  She didn't even need to hit them all--tripping those trying to bring shot to the muzzles was easy enough.  Plus, when one crew member was felled, either by pommel or blade, he had to be pulled clear by others less they trip over him.  And being afraid of being the next victim didn't make such clearing a quick and easy thing. 

Aisling noted the magic at the gun port.  It seemed someone had been sent off somehow, but there was still something going on there.

In the meantime, she made sure to focus on those men holding the slow-matches, so the fuses couldn't be lit.  Rolling sources of flame among the ship also seemed to alarm the crew.  She also would slit the bags of power with her knife, when she could.  Now that she had seen the process of firing these guns, she hit with more strategy and precision.  She could also move away to try and wreak havoc elsewhere-- like doing more cannon shot bowling, or trying to cut ropes or set them on fire.  She waited for the opportunity to set one of the powder bags off with a slow match while it was outside the cannon (although she hoped to be able to do it at a good distance, or from behind something, or perhaps before jumping out a cannon port.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 03, 2020, 12:44:30 PM
Leonie wasn't going to question how safe or comfortable Longboat's methods were when there was a whirling dervish of slaughter going on behind her.  She grabbed his hand and launched after him with an "Oh, shiiiii--" cut off by the splash.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 03, 2020, 12:57:56 PM
Longboat and Leonie dove in and grabbed on to Kik and dove down toward the bottom. Within seconds, they were joined by a second dolphin and Longboat wrapped Leonie's hand around the fin, and grabbed her other hand and helped her get it on the fin as well.  They swam for about 30 seconds, then surfaced for air.

"You head on in and see how things are on shore. I will try to make sure the guns are fully disabled, and that Aisling gets back safely." Longboat gave her the basic dolphin driving instructions and they dove and moved a few hundred feet to demonstrate and avoid any sharpshooters on the ship while a third dolphin showed up. Longboat grabbed the fin of the new dolphin and had Leonie take his dolphin.

Kwik immediately zoomed off to the ship to be ready in case Aisling dove back into the water.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 03, 2020, 01:07:58 PM
Flying on his back, Peter couldn't see where they were headed, but he noticed when they left the water -- so close he could have trailed his fingers in it -- and zoomed over the beach. Curling his body quickly over the animals, Peter hit the dune with an explosion of sand and a grunt of pain as the air was punched out of his gut. With a groan, Peter lay half-propped on the backpack of books, slightly stunned and trying to gasp air back into his lungs.

Reggie rolled several times, ass-over-teakettle, away from Peter when they hit the beach, but as soon as he could scramble to his feet he was bouncing back. **Pete! Pete! You okay? Are ya? Say something!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 03, 2020, 03:13:32 PM
The bomb went off just yards from Rikerg. It blew lawn and dirt and rocks everywhere, and left a ten foot crater on the Sliding Tavern front lawn. Red had seen bombs before, and turn ed away when it landed. But the blast still knocked her down and partially covered in dirt.

Bart was covered in dirt, but used the smoke screen to run towards the beach. He knew that the tide had turned and it was time to retreat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 03, 2020, 03:18:35 PM
The gun decks were bereft of movement, save Aisling. The remaining crew had retreated to the top deck, or down into the hold. All that were left were the dead, the dying, or the unconscious.

The First Mate had gathered some of his warriors together at the top of the stairs, guns out, watching to see if whatever horror was running below deck came up. The explosion on the beach has some looking to see what was happening, but most continued to watch the stairs with nervous apprehension.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 03, 2020, 05:10:20 PM
Rikerg shielded himself with his arms, though he was pushed back by the explosion, sliding through the sand and nearly stumbling backwards. His front was completely covered in dirt, sand, and gunpowder, and he sneezed loudly, rubbing at his eyes and shaking his head as he tried to get the debris out of them, his ears hurt as well from the loudness of the explosion. Still, he growled, showing his teeth in expectation of the captain trying to attack, not knowing he had fled.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 03, 2020, 09:29:25 PM
Aisling stretched a little, hidden in the shadows.  It had been quite satisfying to have free reign in stopping the cannon crews.  She hadn't enjoyed all the bloodshed in her past, not one bit; but there was something about not being forced to do something that made it much more pleasurable.  There were probably many more enjoyable things to do in life than sneaking and killing, but she hadn't had much experience in anything else, so it was difficult to judge.

It seemed as if the magic-user who had been at the Tavern and held in the lower-decks of the ship had also left from the gun port, along with the blond one. 

It also seemed as if some of the crew top-side were gathering and debating coming down.

She debated finishing them off, but she also worried that the Tavern might decide to slide while she was away, now that the others were returning.

She moved towards the gun-port that was open, after gathering some fuses and powder-sacks together at the side of the ship.  She lit all the fuses with one of the slow-matches.  And slid out of the gun-port, into the water.

Swimming was no problem.  Her dive had sent her nicely under the lapping waves without too much noise to attract attention, and sped her a nice distance from the ship.  She could hold her breath for quite a long while--a bit longer than humans, anyway.  Hopefully the crew would be distracted by a nice explosion and not having eyes everywhere, when she did have to surface. 

Something large sped up behind her--faster than she could swim.  Fortunately, it was the dolphin that had helped speed her out to the ship, or at least, one like that.  She wasn't that proficient at distinguishing dolphins or sea-life in general, as the Dark Court primarily held sway over in-land woods, mountains, and towns, with rivers, but only the occasional, distant bay and sea-side.

These beasts were wonderfully useful.  She grasped the very convenient dorsal fin that practically pushed itself into her hand.  She stroked the beast with her other hand, in thanks, and kicked with her feet to help swim along.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 04, 2020, 12:25:31 PM
Leonie had her eyes squeezed shut when the hit the water, but she opened them in surprise when she found herself grabbing a dolphin fin.  Her clothes and boots created enough drag to slow the dolphin down compared to Longboat's, but she still had to close her eyes again, against the stinging rush of salt water as it flew toward shore.

Her eyes and ears full of water, she sputtered incoherently in response to Longboat's directions, but managed to grasp them well enough to follow them.  A few seconds later, she was crawling ashore, soaked to the bone.  "Uh... thanks, Flipper."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 04, 2020, 12:51:50 PM
Sir Tikk rushed over to Leonie crawling onto the shore and shoved his head under her chin, purring as loud as he could.  "You didn't die and leave me! Oh and something over there went boom...with dirt, I mean sand flying around."  Tikk figure-eighted himself around as many parts of Leonie as he could in happiness.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 04, 2020, 12:56:52 PM
As those who had been on the pirate ship gathered on one side of the lagoon, Black Bart ran along the other side. Res, the ursine, had reached the water and was slowly swimming out towards the ship. There was no sign of the hare polymorphed lapine wizard.

Since Leonie had magically changed the chemical properties of gunpowder in the vicinity of the ship's brig, there was no explosion or fire below deck following Aisling's departure. The fuses she had lit simply burned out on the now-inert saltpeter.

Red stood up and dusted herself off. She sensed a change in the air, and looking about, saw the familiar tendrils of fog beginning to appear on the tavern grounds.

"The Sliding has begun," she stated.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 04, 2020, 01:16:35 PM
Longboat circled around the ship again, and thought about how to approach the crew. They clearly saw him as a Naked Mole Rat among them, and he had a great disadvantage trying to persuade them to follow a new leader and strategy. But he did not see how to put a final stop to the assault on the Tavern without sinking the ship or fomenting a rebellion.

The crew had neither reattached the rode to the anchor on the floor of the Bay, nor fully retracted the rode to attach a new anchor. In another 20 minutes, the ship might have drifted fully out of the bay, and Longboat took that as a good sign that it was still in chaos below decks.

Then Longboat felt a rumble and poked his head above the water, looking at the Tavern. "Well, that was quick," he thought to himself,  took a deep breath, and headed back toward the Tavern
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 04, 2020, 01:48:10 PM
Peter was struggling to sit upright, his breathing beginning to come back to normal. His hand came forward to give Reggie a reassuring pat, when the dog jerked his head aside, body stiff. **A Slide is starting** he said urgently.

Peter worked himself to his knees, adrenaline and strength returning in a rush. He could see Leonie crawling out of the surf, Sir Tikk having run to meet her. The horse man was running away toward the water.

Climbing to his feet, Peter waved at Leonie with a broad motion. "Leonie! Tikk! Come on -- Hurry! Time to go!" Heeding his own words, Peter moved over the sand to get back on the Tavern grounds.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 04, 2020, 03:06:16 PM
"Hurry Leonie, hurry!"  Tikk changed over to nipping at Leonie's clothes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 04, 2020, 04:41:58 PM
When there wasn't any further attacks, Rikerg calmed down a bit. Although, he still couldn't see or smell clearly, and his hearing was foggy. He was still attempting to rub the grime out of his eyes and snort out any he had breathed in when the Slide began.

"What?" He heard Red speak, but didn't pick up exactly what she said. Even if he had, he wouldn't know what she meant as he knew little about the tavern's properties.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 04, 2020, 05:01:13 PM
Leonie snorted out all the seawater that had rushed up her nose, taking care to miss Sir Tikk with it.  "Oh, God.  I did not train at SeaWorld!"  She petted the cat reassuringly, very flattered he was so worried about her that he didn't care she was dripping all over him.

"Wait, what?"she called to Peter.  All she was getting was that moving was urgently requested.  "Why?"  But Tikk was trying to bite through her clothes, and there was the tingly sensation and sort of tin-like taste to the air that meant magic was happening.  "Oh, fuck, okay."  She staggered to her feet and slogged through the deep sand toward the Tavern grounds.  "Yuck, I want out of these clothes!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 04, 2020, 05:08:24 PM
Tikk hurried after Leonie, suppressing his urge to twine around her ankles.  "Oh thank goodness, you said you wouldn't leave me and you didn't!  It was close, though, too close!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 04, 2020, 06:01:02 PM
As Peter set foot on the debris-littered grass of the Tavern grounds, he spotted Red a distance away from him, and started toward her. As he got closer, he realized one of her wings was dangling, nearly severed. Dropping Leonie's backpack near the house as he passed it, he called, "Oh my God, Red, you're hurt!!" as he ran toward her.

**Yikes!** Reggie added, close at Peter's heels.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 04, 2020, 06:47:24 PM
"Yeah, I said it'd be okay and it was," Leonie said.  Soothing Tikk was apparently a full-time job, but she was up for it.  "Let's hope it's time for kippers and herbal tea with lemon and honey." 

She squelched as she walked, but the tropical heat dried her hair quickly and it sprang back to its dandelion foofiness by the time she reached her fallen backpack.  "Oh my God!  What happened to Red?"  Grabbing the pack, she trotted after Peter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 04, 2020, 08:27:03 PM
Red turns and smiles at Peter. Her bikini is singed and she's covered in dirt, and her green eyes and white teeth shine. "I'm okay, Peter honey, I can burn off my wings. They'll grow back if I need them. Lizard tale sort of thing."

She turns to Rikerg. "Are you okay? Thank you for the assist. I didn't expect the magic sword, or the bomb."

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 04, 2020, 08:30:23 PM
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry.  I worry now it seems.  I am...er was..a housecat.  Nothing like this has happened to me.  Or around me.  And now I'm babbling..sorry."  Tikk burbled as he followed Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 04, 2020, 10:43:48 PM
Keeping a wary eye on Rikerg, Peter smiled at Red with relief. In the six months (give or take) that Peter had been a resident of the Tavern, he had come to be very fond of the demoness and he didn't like to think of her as hurt like that. "Good," he sighed, shaking the sand out of his hair and brushing off his clothes. "Oh, love, the wound looks so ghastly."

The crater in the lawn caught his attention. He had missed the sound of the bomb going off, as he was dealing with his hard landing fifty yards away. "What happened here?" he pointed, then looked back at the Tavern, getting his first glimpse at the wreckage. His room, the Diamond room, was on the second floor, and he wondered if it had sustained damage too. "I hate pirates," he muttered.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 05, 2020, 12:45:06 AM
His head had cleared enough that she heard the next thing that she said, "Not entirely. My clothing is ruined." Even beyond the tears made by the hit to the chest, it was now filthy with dirt. Not to mention the strange scent of the water he had chased the pirate pair into, which compared to the freshwater he was used to, was somewhat unpleasant. As for any injury he might have gotten, he did not mention it.

"You do not need to thank me for that." he said, snorting a bit more. "What is that smell?" He was starting to pick up the scent from the mists that were covering the Tavern grounds.

 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 05, 2020, 05:56:38 AM
The great sea animal's tow was so nice and quick.  Faster than swimming on her own. 

Aisling gave the animal another pat as she let go and stood up when the water got too shallow to swim in farther.  She wondered if she could get a spell cast on her so she could speed through water like that?  It was quite magical.

Then she spotted the mist rising and called to the retreating fish, "Tell your fae friend to get back here NOW, unless he wishes to have an extended island stay or a pirate cruise!"

She ran to the Tavern.  It should be OK... Red was still out in front and she suspected the Tavern wouldn't leave without her or the others.  But she wasn't SURE.  And the appeal of the island and the pirates did nothing for her.  Her clothes shed the sea water like it shed everything else.  Practically dry already, she moved fleetly towards the Tavern.  A drink would be welcome.  Koshing and killing was oft thirsty work. 

Light on her feet, barely making marks in the sand, she easily passed those scattered around in front of the Tavern and went back in to finish her ale.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 05, 2020, 10:33:25 AM
Longboat pulled ashore by his shirt, pants, and shoes and gingerly picked them up, so as to get them as little wet as possible. Then he walked through the rising mists to the Tavern grounds.

He looked naked at first glance, but closer observation revealed a flesh colored thong with a two inch waist that anyone who has taken dance would recognize as a male ballet dancer's dance belt. He held his neatly folded clothes out in front of his wet body that also had a glancing bullet hole on his left side between his pelvis and the bottom of his rib cage, which was still bleeding from not having had a chance to dry out. The scarf had come off of his head and his elven ears were now clearly visible. He was lean and in good shape, but had just a hint of old man saggieness here and there, and the smallest trace of wrinkles were just visible in the bright tropical sun. He moved with the caution of age rather than the bounce of youth, but then again, he had just been shot.

"I see you are injured, Red. Please let me know if I may be of assistance. I would also like to request permission to retrieve my coat and two clean kitchen towels from behind the bar, unless you have preferred first aide supplies."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 05, 2020, 12:06:51 PM
Red smiles at Rikerg and the others. "Thank you, everyone, for doing all that you did in protection of the tavern and the inn mates."

The demoness turns to Longboat. "Yes, yes, there are bandages and more inside. Just give me a moment, I need to burn my wings off before the Slide. I'd rather not go into the unknown like this." She paces off towards the edge of the property, even as the fog thickens. There, she flames up, with orange and red flames quickly turning brighter and hotter. Red crouches down and raises her wings as best as she can, the injured one drooping. She cries out and the wings burst with a sudden doubling of flame, creating a torch that reaches skyward. The wings turn white hot and then drop away, ash and sparks light up the surrounding fog.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 05, 2020, 12:49:34 PM
"It's all good.  The only reason I'm not cuddling you is because I'm soaked," Leonie told Tikk.  "Really?  You can do that?" she said to Red.  The wing looked horrible.

Aisling came up from the beach and Leonie started to say, "Um, hi, are you--"   But the dark, dainty female went right by without a word, leaving the human Magician with her mouth open.  "Is she clinically depressed, or is it performance art?"  Leonie asked the world in general.  "Oh, hey, Prince Namor," she greeted Longboat when he came up, and then burst into giggles.  "I'm sorry.  That was so freaky.  I'm sort of going into shock.  Oh, my gosh, you got hit!  Are you okay?  Do you need some help?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 05, 2020, 01:00:32 PM
Sir Tikk sat, content now that everyone was together and safe, injured but safe!  He watched Aisling walk by and wondered if he could sneak some belly rubs from her later, watched the interplay between Red and Longboat and gaped as Red "burnt" and kept a wary eye on Rikerg, though he was pretty sure he wasn't going to try and kill any innmates anymore.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 05, 2020, 01:14:00 PM
Rikerg's senses were finally returning enough to find out the disappointing news that the two humans had made it back alive. And since he couldn't smell any spilt blood, it seemed to be in one piece.

He brushed some of his own dark, hardened blood off of his chest and into the sand. Following Red at a distance, he had to shield his eyes from the pillar of fire, afterward his darkened eye remained closed as he moved onto the grounds. He wasn't too fond of the sand's way of sticking to him, so he waited until he was on the Tavern's terrain to flop down and rest.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 05, 2020, 01:44:59 PM
"That's Aisling," Peter said to Leonie. "She's been here a couple of weeks, I think, but we've never spoke, if you can believe that. I think she's really into keeping to herself."

At Leonie's call, Peter turned to look -- and blushed bright pink. At first glance the elf appeared to be stark naked, though Peter's quick eyes spotted the dancer's pouch. Time spent as a Little Theater actor helped him to identify it. The minor wound was bleeding, but, thankfully, not profusely.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 05, 2020, 03:24:32 PM
Once Red finishes with her wing shedding, she walks - once again nude - over to Rikerg. "I'm glad you are doing okay. There's a hose over by the garden if you want to rinsed off, and I can bring you some towels. Not sure if I have anything that will replace your torn clothing. Perhaps someone can repair them."

She looks around, then back to Rikerg. "The Slide is happening. Very soon the tavern and it's grounds will be transported to a new world, a new place. I ask that you don't immediately judge what you see, for it may not be what you first think it is. Basically, I'm asking you to not attack anything until we can determine what is going on in the new world." She smiles. "And let me say once again; I'm glad you are here."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 05, 2020, 04:37:13 PM
"A... hose?" He didn't know how a piece of clothing would rinse him off. "I don't know of anyone who can repair them." He blinked a few times before his vision went back to normal, and he saw that she was naked again. His cheeks flushed as he stared at her, listening to her explanation about the Tavern and its transportation. He still didn't get it, not knowing much about other worlds or other dimensions, and just assumed it would be traveling to a different place in the world. He didn't think he could keep from judging anything, but her next comment cleared that up for him. He definitely didn't want to do that, as refraining from harming the humans at the Tavern seemed like she was asking too much of him already.

"I will not... attack anyone without provocation." he promised, as he was certain if there were humans wherever they went, they would be the ones to start the fight. Even when they had acted peacefully to the furry beings, Red had been harmed, so he did not entirely trust her judgement. However, he couldn't refuse what she asked him given how she looked right now and how she smiled. "I am.. glad to be here." He mumbled.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 05, 2020, 05:47:20 PM
Red nods to Rikerg and then heads on over to the others gathered in front of the tavern. "Okay, Longboat, let me get you bandaged up." The demoness takes his arm and leads him into the bar.

Outside the fog has thickened to the point that nothing can be seen of the jungle or lagoon, although the lapping of the sea and the smell of the salt still permeates throughout the area.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 05, 2020, 07:12:09 PM
Leonie directed a pained, wary, but not entirely unsympathetic glance in Rikerg's direction.  "That is a hose," she said, pointing out what looked like a coiled green length of cable hanging from a metal hook sticking out of the Tavern's outer wall, down near the ground.  "If you turn the spigot, water comes out the other end."

She could also do magical repair of small objects like clothes, but she didn't feel that kindly toward Rikerg.

Red was apparently going to look after Longboat, so she turned to Peter.  "So we're going to end up somewhere entirely new where somebody could be shooting at us again because we don't belong there and this happens on a regular basis.  How does anyone get any sleep?"  She collected her suitcase as well as her backpack and asked him, "Is there a spare room Tikk and I could have?  And would you show us up there please?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 05, 2020, 08:46:10 PM
Aisling usually didn't feel tired after working, but she was glad to sink into her former seat at the back with her half-finished ale.  Perhaps things worked a bit differently in different worlds? 

She could see most of those out front through the windows.  It looked as if the fae-ish male had made it back.  Not that she really cared, but he was part of the Tavern, at least so far, and had provided her with an interesting experience with his sea creatures (she briefly wondered how he could call support from local fauna when he had just arrived;  he must have some animal control or communication ability...  that must be useful).  His near nakedness didn't bother her.  If her clothes hadn't been bespelled, she'd have had to strip down, too.  Red, the bar-keep, being naked, was also unremarkable.  Demonic types were often unclothed, weren't they?  That was what she'd heard, anyway.  Or perhaps that was only succubi-demons?  However it was, this demon seemed to not bother with with clothing much of the time.  Aisling preferred being clothed.  She attracted less attention that way, and hiding for her was almost a way of life.

The fae-ish male looked like he had been injured somehow.  But he was moving well enough, so it didn't look bad.  She would offer to help, if he needed it.  It was impolite to offer thanks for the water rides, not that she was some court fae to worry about such silly conventions, but she could cure light wounds on herself and others.  It was useful when on a mission.  Otherwise she was just good at killing and sneaking.  That might be good enough to make sure she got along with some societies, but she knew it was best to fit in at the Tavern if she wished to try and stay here. 

Socializing was not something she was good at, however (not that it was a trait of any dark fae).  Hopefully she could manage well enough to be mostly left alone.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 05, 2020, 09:15:58 PM
Rikerg didn't particularly trust Leonie's word, but since Red raised no objections to her description of the item, he thought it must be right. He went over to the hose, trying to figure out what the other end of it was. Slowly, he unraveled it from the hook, sniffing at it to try and find the end that the water came out of. Once he had, he tried to turn the spigot with a claw, first the wrong way, then hard the right direction. The sputtering sound of water exiting the spigot and entering the hose made him jolt, and he stared at the hose.

A little bit of water spurted out, then suddenly it came out in a blast of water, whipping around and spraying Rikerg in the face and all over. He snarled at it, jumping away from it and landing on all fours, his back arched as he continued to growl at the object. Every time the stream shot at him, he tried to bite or claw at the water.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 05, 2020, 10:30:48 PM
Peter hardly blinked as Red walked up to them in all her naked glory. While she wasn't nude all the time, it was often enough that Peter had grown used to it. He turned to Leonie as Red took the elf-guy inside, and shrugged. "I wondered that at first, but you get used to it. Do you fancy the second floor, where most of the rooms are? There are a couple rooms in the basement, where Red's room is, if that's more your style."

As he talked he led Leonie, Tikk and Reggie up the steps to the front deck before the commotion with the hose caught his attention. He silently watched Rikerg's battle with the hose and water pressure for a moment or two, then said, "Well, all right, then," and entered the barroom.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 05, 2020, 10:50:32 PM
As Longboat followed Red into the Tavern, he began to feel a little lightheaded from the blood loss and exertion, now that the adrenaline was beginning to wear off. There sitting in the same corner behind her ale was Aisling, as though nothing at all had transpired. She was perfectly dry, while Longboat was still wet enough that the blood from his wound was already down to his foot. "Now that is a cool character," he thought as he tried to figure out what kind of Fey she was. She reminded him of the Dark Rangers of Gondolin from the First Age of the Sun and the Moon, all those Millennia ago. Even though she was clearly from an entirely different tradition, she had the super cool, "Wrap the whole job up before anyone knows you've left" competence of Turgon's best agents. It made him feel comfortable, and scared him a little too. He smiled and gave Aisling the barest hint of a thumbs up, deciding subtlety would not be lost on her.

"I am afraid it has been a few centuries since I have lost this much blood and I am a bit out of practice," Longboat suddenly announced as he collapsed into the nearest upholstered chair. He added, "I would so appreciate it if I could get my coat from behind the bar. It has some bread in the pocket which would help me to feel better."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 06, 2020, 09:21:36 AM
Tikk trotted happily behind everyone, content to follow Leonie.  "Nap time?"  He chirruped as they entered the tavern, after staring a bit a Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 06, 2020, 12:26:01 PM
"Second floor, please.  I'm not a basement dweller and I'm sure Tikk likes warm patches of sunlight.  Thank you, Pete."  Leonie beamed grateful smile at her fellow human.  She'd be feeling pretty lost without him as a guide and hopefully a friend.  Although he was gorgeous, he had not responded to her in any obvious way, and he had blushed like clouds at sunset when he saw Longboat in all his almost-naked glory, so clearly there was no point thinking beyond friendship.

She sternly repressed a giggle at Rikerg's predicament and told him, "Turn the spigot a little bit the other way," before following Peter inside.

The bar happened to be on the way to the stairs, so she dropped her suitcase long enough to root behind it for Longboat's coat.  "Here."  She tossed it over the bar to Red.  "Cool coat," she added.  Her gaze lingered on Longboat for a few more seconds.  There was something absolutely fascinating about him, but she was too young and callow at this point in her life to grasp what it was. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 06, 2020, 01:34:03 PM
Red handed the coat to Longboat, then went behind the bar for the first aid kit. One thing nice about traveling from world to world and time to time, sometimes you can pick up some pretty nice stuff. This kit happened to be from an artificial world floating around a world, "orbiting," they called it. Red had enjoyed it, although having everything floating made for quite the mess once the tavern slid to a new place. Apparently, they were still trying to figure out how to make things sink to the floor. But one thing they did have was rather spectacular first aid kits.

The demoness sat down on the floor next to Longboat and opened the white plastic briefcase. "Okay I got some stuff here that should patch you up nicely." She smiled radiantly up at the elf.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 06, 2020, 02:13:27 PM
Reggie found himself walking beside Sir Tikk, and gave him the side-eye. The cat outweighed the terrier by quite a bit, and rolled when he walked. He would be fun to chase, if Reggie could ever get him moving. The dog wrinkled his nose, showing his top front teeth in a canine smile, looking forward to it.

Peter waited at the foot of the stairs as Leonie tossed a coat at Red, then led the way up. They found themselves in a hallway/balcony that looked down on the large Living area behind the bar. Looking down at the charmingly comfortable sitting area for a moment, Peter turned to Leonie, placing his back to the railing, and indicated a door to the direct right of the stairs. "That's one of the two bathrooms up here. There's one on the main floor and one in the basement. It's like a boarding house -- no private bathrooms --" He sighed longingly. "-- Hope you don't mind sharing."

He made a gesture with his hand that included the whole upper floor. "I think I'm the only one up here right now -- I don't think Aisling has officially moved in. There are lots of comfortable couches on the main floor -- she may be using one of them temporarily."

The closed doors all around them each had a sign with beautiful Victorian script and elaborate flowers in the colours of the various precious gems the rooms were named for. "I'm in the Diamond bedroom," he said, leading the way to his door and opening it. It was a fair sized room, even with the four poster bed with thick curtains tied around them and the large wardrobe, with a couple of comfortable chairs and a desk. A set of French doors led out to a private balcony.

The door across from Peter's , in the little alcove that contained both doors, was labeled "Amethyst". If Leonie starts to explore, the other rooms are "Emerald", "Aquamarine", "Pearl", "Ruby", "Sapphire", "Opal", and "Garnet".

[OOC: Bruce, how much damage did the cannon balls do to the Tavern?]

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 06, 2020, 02:27:36 PM
As they discussed bedrooms Tikk watched the dog curiously.  He thought he could almost understand him, maybe if he concentrated harder.  Tikk started at Reggie, slowly squinting as he tried to figure the dog out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 06, 2020, 03:20:00 PM
As Red works to bandage Longboat, she mentally lists the damage the furry pirates caused. There's the hole in the upper reaches of the barn, the glass hothouse, one of the attic spaces at the top of the tavern itself, and the huge crater in the front lawn. Hopefully one of these mages can spell up some sort of repair, and wherever they're sliding to isn't raining or snowing.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 06, 2020, 03:45:25 PM
The cat was staring at him, eyes slowly squinting as he concentrated. Reggie stared back, letting his eyes squint in response. **What? Is there something in my mustache?**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 06, 2020, 04:03:47 PM
"I think I can hear him...is that usual?  Something about a mustache...?"  Tikk asked? 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 06, 2020, 04:25:13 PM
"Oooh -- nice!" Leonie said, cheering right up.  "Of course I don't mind.  Not with you, anyway.  This is every bit as nice as the Cottage," she added, meaning the Physical Kids' luxurious quarters at Brakebills.  She opened the door to the Amethyst Room and found a place similar to Peter's, though in different colors, a slightly different style of furniture and with more dust on it.  "Let's take this one, Tikky.  What are you talking about?"  she added.  The two animals seemed to be staring at each other.

Meanwhile, the mists rose and the Tavern Slid...

Constable Detritus, Ankh-Morpork City Watch, was guarding the Opera House.  This was in accordance with the policy he'd learned from Sergeant Colon: when on duty on a cold, wet night, go guard some large, important building with handy overhanging eaves.  Detritus, like Colon before him, had faithfully pursued this policy for years, as a result of which, no major landmark in the city had ever been stolen.

Until now.

Detritus was just wondering, in his slow, trollish silicon brain, what you called the weather when it was raining and a heavy fog was rising at the same time, when there was a weird shift or jolt, and he became aware that the rain was hitting his head instead of the eave that was supposed to be over him.  He turned around and the huge old stone Opera House was entirely gone.  In its place, there was a circular piece of parkland about 200 feet across with smaller buildings sitting on it. 

Detritus furrowed his stony brow as he tried to figure out exactly what crime had just been committed.

((Welcome to Discworld.  I am introducing it because Brucedabold is not as familiar with it.  If you have read it, please feel free to grab any NPC you want to run in an interaction with the Inn Mates -- first come, first served.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z9qWIKmiQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z9qWIKmiQ)))
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 06, 2020, 05:06:55 PM
**CAN you hear me?** Reggie asked back. **Not so unusual, actually. Some can hear me, some not.** He brushed at his muzzle with a paw, ruffling the longer hair around his nose and mouth. **Mustache**

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 06, 2020, 05:16:13 PM
"Oh, I can!" Tikk exclaimed happily.  Tilting his head slightly to one side he reached a paw out to lightly tap the 'mustache.'  "Cute!"  Hearing the door open he spun around, "Comfy bed nap time? Ok if I sleep with you?  I'll try not to hog the bed, you can just push me out of the way if I do.  Night!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 06, 2020, 06:05:25 PM
Leonie would find that though she didn't have access to a balcony, the Amethyst room had a fireplace in it. "Take a look into your wardrobe," Peter suggested. "I didn't have anything when I ended up here, but my wardrobe was full of clothing in my style. And they fit."

Reggie's eyes crossed as Tikk booped his nose, and his pink tongue darted out to lick it after Tikk's paw left and the cat bounded into the Amethyst room. **Faaaan-tastic** he woofed, then followed Peter into their room. Peter was stepping out onto his balcony to get a look at the new world.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 06, 2020, 06:35:57 PM
While Red was getting the First Aide kit from behind the bar, Longboat slipped a package from his coat and began peeling back the leaves that wrapped it. Breaking off a small piece of dark, cake like bread, he popped it in his mouth, rewrapped the bread and put it back in his coat. He folded the coat neatly and gently placed it on top of the rest of his clothes that seemed to be still folded neatly by the chair where he dropped them.

He turned to Red as she returned from behind the bar and said, "thank you," very softly, and sat upright, turning so she could access both sides of his wound.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 06, 2020, 08:26:24 PM
Tikk bounced up and, after a good butt wiggle, into the bed then flopped onto his back. "Belly rubs?"  He asked plaintively, already beginning to purr in anticipation.  "I'm sorry I'm so...whiny.  I just....I was alone, and then you asked to be with me, and then...all the danger and I thought I might be all alone again.  And I'm a housecat...I'm doing it again," Tikk sighed a long purr and closed his eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 06, 2020, 09:46:56 PM
Rikerg only did as she said because he was sure it could not get worse, and if it did, he would have a good reason to pick another fight with Leonie. It actually stopped whipping about when he turned it down, and he was able to carefully pick it up and direct the water wherever he needed to be washed off, which was amazing. It didn't seem entirely necessary to hose off anymore, for it suddenly started to rain, which wouldn't be too odd except for the fact they were now in what looked to be a large city.

The scent in the air changed, and Rikerg snorted, shaking himself off a bit and turning the spigot in the opposite direction, amazed when it actually stopped producing water so easily on command. He then saw a stone creature and stood up straight, tilting his head as he stared at the being, since his eyesight wasn't the best, he assumed that Detritus was only a statue, not seeing the subtle changes on his face. Mainly it was that the other smelled of what he was made of, stone, rather than his physical appearance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 06, 2020, 09:56:34 PM
Aisling appeared beside the fae-ish male who went by the odd name Longboat.  Likely not a true name, she thought.   She hadn't shadowwalked, she was just sneaky by nature.

"Need you a light cure?"  she asked.  "It might not work on you, and it would probably hurt, but it should stop the bleeding."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 06, 2020, 10:23:12 PM
"Thanks," Leonie said, although she already had a suitcase full of clothes in her style that fit.  "See you after I change."  She closed the door behind Reggie and turned to Tikk.  "Of course you can sleep there, Tikky.  So, the dog talks, eh?"

She stripped off her clothes, scowling at the salt encrusting various items of leather.  "This jacket will never be the same  unless... oh, yes!"  She cast a spell for extracting salt from water (intended to create drinking water), but when the light through the window changed from dim and misty to dark and raining in the middle of the spell, of course it failed to work.  "Goddamn all Circumstances!  Where are we now?"

Naked, she sat on the bed and rubbed Tikka's belly while she grumped.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 06, 2020, 10:32:50 PM
It was a miracle Rikerg could tell Detritus smelled like stone, considering the competition he had in Ankh-Morpork stenches.  The Opera House was thankfully very far from the cattle market, but it was all too close to the river.

Detritus saw the movement as a tall Something stood up and stopped spraying itself with redundant water.  Detritus knew of trolls that got very, very big indeed -- Old Grandad had accidentally eaten humans who camped in his mouth -- but he could see that Rikerg was something organic.  He had no idea what Rikerg was.

On the other hand, nobody was paying him to think. They wouldn't have gotten value for the money.  The Opera House was gone and a Suspicious Character was lingering at the scene of the crime -- that was enough for the constable.

"Stop in der name of der Law!" he bellowed -- although Rikerg wasn't running yet -- and lumbered forward.  Detritus was six feet tall, nearly as broad across the shoulders, and craggy.  He wore leather, chainmail and a battered breastplate that had been adapted from a piece of horse barding, and was armed with a truncheon and a crossbow of a size normally used in siege warfare.  "It was you what done it, wasn't it?" he demanded, as he crossed the lawn toward the monster at a trot.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 06, 2020, 11:03:11 PM
As Peter stood on the balcony, peering through the fog, it suddenly cleared into a rainy smelly night. "Oh, son of a bitch!" He was assaulted by a miasma of ghastly smells with fouled river water lying on top of it all like a filthy soggy blanket. At least the wide Tavern eaves kept the rain off of him.

Reggie growled as someone bellowed in a gravelly voice, "Stop in der name of der law!! It was you what done it, wasn't it?!"

"Trouble already," Peter muttered, pressing a handkerchief over his nose as he went to the railing and tried to see what fresh hell this was.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 06, 2020, 11:05:13 PM
Red presses a fat patch on Longboat's wound and it lights up with a happy blue glow and starts displaying a bunch of metrics. The area warms as the IntellaPatch does its job of cleaning, rinsing, and the stimulation of repair cells. It finalizes with a circular bandage glued in place and then beeps merrily.

But the demoness has turned her attention to the windows and frowns as she notices the light goes from noonday tropical beach to rainy night in a city. "Great, and us with a hole in the roof."

She turns to Aisling when the dark fey steps up to Longboat. "Don't suppose you can Cure Light Wounds on a roof?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 06, 2020, 11:58:27 PM
Rikerg snorted a few times, while the stench was strong, it didn't keep him from making out other scents, and he could get no smell of anything organic near him besides what was inhabiting the building. He was surprised when the statue started to move toward him, though he found the hose to be less conceivable than an animated rock being.

He looked around when he told him to stop, as he wasn't moving at all, so he figured he was talking to someone else. When he looked back he saw that Detritus was moving right at him, though, so he had to be talking to him. Before he could ask what he meant by telling him to stop and what law he was speaking of, he was accused of something.

"No. I did not do anything." he said, since this was the first time he had seen this creature or his city, he was certain that he wouldn't have done anything to them, "What are you accusing me of?" he asked, though his tone was non-confrontational, he sounded more confused than upset by the claim.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 07, 2020, 04:21:00 AM
"Roof repairs are beyond my skills," Aisling answered the bar-keep.  "I believe the beast-man outside might be causing some trouble.  He seems to have antagonized the locals of whatever place this is, just by standing out there with a flexible watering pipe."

The fog had barely cleared, but from what little she could see of the new land, it did not look promising.  However, it didn't look like any place where Dark Fae frequented, either, which caused her little worry.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 07, 2020, 08:05:45 AM
"Yup, in my head, but I gotta concentrate on him.  Oh that feels good...."  Tikk stretched and went limp, purring for all he was worth.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 07, 2020, 12:11:18 PM
"I was hoping to rinse the salt off before I got dressed, but I think I will do so now as this wondrous bandage seems to have done its work," Longboat said with a grin. "Thank you again, I already feel much better."

"And thank you too, Aisling. I am not sure how your spell would work, but it is good to know it is there if our delightful host is otherwise engaged. My Lembas assist natural healing, but is not fast like a spell. It is from the Old Noldor tradition. It is optimized for my metabolism and energy, but let me know if you get hungry and think it might help."

"Also, I am very good with wood, cloth, and rope. Again, not fast like a spell, but I can probably fix your attic and barn. I can get the attic weather tight in about 15-20 minutes I think, if no one else can do better. Which way to the attic?" he asked as he stood up, and began to dress.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 07, 2020, 12:41:27 PM
Detritus was confused by Rikerg's calm, flat denial.  Criminals were supposed to run and he was supposed to chase them.  Or they were supposed to resist and he was supposed to subdue them, although not enough that they weren't able to answer questions afterwards.  That was the natural way of things.  Calmly talking at him was something he didn't know what to do with.

He tried to make his huge flat hand descend upon Rikerg's shoulder with a thud as he said, "You are der nicked, see?" but he wasn't tall enough and his hand fell on Rikerg's forearm instead.  And at that, it was a reach.  "Hah, you so smart, what did you do with --"  He had to pause to remember what he had been guarding.  "Der Op-Hur-Rah House?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 07, 2020, 01:05:33 PM
Now that Leonie had a minute to herself, the shock of the last hour or two began to overcome her, and her cheer faded.  She rubbed Tikk's belly some more, but she ended up curled up on the bed next to him, trying not to cry.  "Where are we, Tikky?  Are we ever going to see home again?  These people are nice, but -- I was gonna graduate this quarter!  I had friends.  We were gonna go to Venice!  See the sights, have some amazing wine and chocolate.  Look at art.  And magic.  There's amazing magic in Venice.  There's a dragon in the Grand Canal, did you know that?"  She burst into tears and hugged the cat closer.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 07, 2020, 01:32:36 PM
Tikk rolled onto his side and cuddled closer to Leonie, hugging her as best he could.  "I miss mistress, Mabel was her name really but I teased her by calling her mistress.  And her foot stool, is it silly to miss a dam foot stool?  It was comfy...."  Tikk sniffed.  "You have been doing better than me, I just whine and complain and cling, you did...stuff.  And you have me and I have you now."  Tikk struck up his purr engine again, but at a more mellow and soothing rate as he kneaded gently. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 07, 2020, 05:04:18 PM
"I'll show you," replied Red to Longboat as she stood. "Let's take care of that attic before too much rain comes in." She leads the fey towards the stairs, returning the first aid kit as she goes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 07, 2020, 06:21:02 PM
Aisling decided to follow Red and Longboat upstairs. 

She hadn't seen much of the rest of the Tavern (the main room, where she could survey people and events, had been good enough for many days, to try and figure out how the Tavern worked).  Now that she had determined that the Tavern was a refuge that suited her better than any alternative she knew of, she might as well explore it a bit, now that she surmised she would not be thrown out for doing so. 

And learning about how to fix the Tavern seemed more interesting than trying to save the Tusked-one from the local inhabitants.  The Tusked-one seemed capable of defending itself--or at least, it started so many battles and was still alive, he must have some ability.

Interesting about the lembas the fae-ish male spoke of.  Fae feasted, but it was largely ceremonial (or ways of enchanting humans and others).  Food and sleep weren't so important to her.  Ale was enough to sustain her for many a day, although something more would probably help if she were wounded. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 07, 2020, 09:49:29 PM
Leonie was still crying, but managed to talk between sniffles and sobs.  "Of course it's not -- not silly.  It was yours.. Probably smelled just -- just like home, didn't it?"  She cried more, but Tikka's purrs were soothing.  "Oh, well.  You make me feel better.  That's doing stuff."  She scratched the cat around his ears.  "We'll be okay, I expect."  A few last sniffles.  "I better rinse the salt off, huh?"  She got up and dragged a towel out of her suitcase to wrap up in.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 07, 2020, 10:49:27 PM
Rikerg tried hard to understand the first thing he said, but he couldn't. "I don't see." He said, looking at the hand that had been placed on his arm.

"I know I'm smart." He agreed with the other while he was trying to finish his sentence. He squinted at the accusation, not because he was offended.

"What is 'der op-hur-rah'?" He knew what a house was, but not what an opera was.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 08, 2020, 12:08:34 AM
Not wanting to waste time, Red took Longboat up to the three flights to the attic and didn't bother to stop by her room to put on clothes. The last bit was up a drop ladder. She poked her head up to the small triangular space that was wet with rain. Two holes were punched through the sloping roof, entrance and exit wounds to the tavern. Broken debris littered the space. "If you need any tools, I'm afraid they are mostly out in the barn," she told Longboat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 08, 2020, 01:29:56 AM
Longboat was in quite a chatty mood as they climbed to the attic. His quick recovery from the wound, exertion, and breath holding (which was modest compared to what he had done when he led the Navies of Valinor, but much more than he had done in many decades) made him feel young and vigorous.

"I can fix all of this with my pocket knife. The glass in the greenhouse will take some supplies, but this will be guaranteed waterproof to 120 feet in less than 20 minutes or your money back. I have experience earning my keep as a handy man, but I have never had to worry about my roof repair actually being tested to 120 feet, but given this tavern..." Longboat winked at Red,  "I guess it is safest to do this pro bono."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 08, 2020, 07:39:57 AM
Aisling kept out of the way after following them up to the attic.  The holes made by the cannon shot were leaking rain, but they weren't very large.  Still, not good since the rain probably wasn't good for the interior.  But the fae-ish male seemed to think he could fix it.  She sat down to see what he would do without tools or materials.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 08, 2020, 10:32:59 AM
Longboat began sweeping up the debris, then he scraped clean the "entrance wound" and began to form the debris like putty into shingles that he slid up under the shingles above him and continued down until there was a complete barrier of shingles across the hole. Then he began filling in the purlins and rafters to reinforce the delicate shingles. By the time he was done, he would fix the whole roofing system from inside, without ever going out on the roof.

And of course the whole time he was singing, much more jauntily than before:

"There is an inn, a merry old inn
beneath an old grey hill,
And there they brew a beer so brown
That the Man in the Moon himself came down
One night to drink his fill..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 08, 2020, 12:44:17 PM
"Der Op...era is like...fat women singin', and dat," Detritus explained.  "It are...kul-chure.  For rich people."  Then he remembered he was a copper talking to a suspect.  "What did you do with der great big stone building dat was right here?". He pointed at the grass.  "It was you what took it, own up!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 08, 2020, 01:12:08 PM
Peter's balcony was on the other side of the Tavern from the hap-hazard interrogation between Rikerg and whoever had come onto the grounds, so he couldn't see what was happening, but the rain was steady and not pelting, and the voices carried well enough. Apparently the Tavern had displaced the local opera house for the duration of their stay.

Reggie was facing back toward the room's interior, ears alert and head cocked. Slowly he stalked back inside and stood listening. Someone was singing in the attic. **Weird**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 08, 2020, 01:41:37 PM
His description of opera was good enough for Rikerg, even if it actually gave him a poor picture of what it was. When he pointed at the grass, Rikerg glanced around, lifting a foot to see if, perhaps, the stone building was there instead of the grass.

"I didn't do anything to a stone building." At least, not here, he had done a little damage to the Tavern, but it was made of wood.

"Take it? I did not take any building!" If his accusation hadn't been so ridiculous, he might have been offended that the other didn't take his word for it. "How would I take it? Is it small enough for me to carry?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 08, 2020, 09:37:17 PM
"Why you ask me dat? It was you what took it!"  Detritus made the best parry he could to what he had to admit to himself seemed an unanswerable point.  Luckily for him, he got some help at this juncture.

The next Ankh-Morpork citizen to notice that the Opera House had gone missing was Sergeant Angua von Uberwald, who had just come off duty and was about to go home.  (People hanging around the Isle of Gods at this hour tended to be either Watchmen or thieves, and since the main Watchhouse was right across Pseudopolis Yard from the Opera House, it tended to be mostly Watchmen).

Angua was a lot more intelligent than Detritus.  The first thing she did was duck back into the Watchhouse and instruct a lance constable to go tell the Commander that the Opera House had disappeared.  Only then, assured that backup would be along, did she proceed across the Yard and onto Tavern grounds.

Angua looked human, but didn't smell human.  There was an overlay of humanity about her, but underneath that she smelled like a wild animal, probably a predator, who had been given a bath with scented soap.  Her armor was in better shape than Detritus'.  She wore a copper badge on a collar around her neck.

"What's all this?" she asked professionally, stopping a safe distance from Rikerg and her colleague.  She frowned.  "Really.  What is this?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 08, 2020, 11:16:59 PM
Aisling had heard of stone-shapers.  She supposed that if some could shape stone, they could shape wood and other materials, but it surprised her somewhat, since usually shapers tended to be a bit more organic in their shaping designs.  The different materials and more tooled shapes seemed as if they would be more difficult to shape.  It was impressive.  Particularly since he could also summon and talk to creatures in varying worlds.

She had often wished her little magic wasn't so specialized, and definitely had often wished they weren't so useful to the Queen.  But there was little use in such thoughts. 

Feeling safe enough, she closed her eyes and went Dreamwalking.  She skimmed over many, as they were typical, too-random thoughts and scenes.  Some were more lucid and helped form a twisted and abstract view of the world, but it was still a view, no matter how unreliable.  Although some of the sights were strange, most dreamed of very expected things:  interactions with people they knew, daily life of townsfolk, of feeling hunger while looking upon a feast, of wanting to do violence to someone, or escape in fear...   

What she did not sense were any dark fae of the kind she was fleeing from, which was reassuring.  Dark fae could dream while not sleeping, and even when they did sleep, their dreams were much more controlled and cohesive.  After centuries of spying on the Dark Queen's subjects, she could sense their type of dreams from miles and miles away.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 08, 2020, 11:45:45 PM
Red watched Longboat's repair with apt fascination. She was so used to magic being chaotic and destructive, so to see order come back from such wanton damage was spell binding. Plus, the fey was very nice to look at. Idle hands led to idle thoughts and the demoness began to imagine those hands focused on her. Red shuddered and continued to watch through half-lidded eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 09, 2020, 01:39:50 PM
Unaware that just about everyone had the hots for Longboat now, Leonie thought about him while she was in the shower rinsing the salt out of her hair.  She tried to reason herself out of it because it was like having a crush on a professor, only way more so.  Longboat was like...  well, one's mind started running to odd and half-remembered phrases out of books:  dark was his hair as the shadows of twilight, and upon it was set a circlet of silver; his eyes were gray as a clear evening, and in them was a light like the light of stars.  Venerable he seemed as a king crowned with many winters, and yet hale as a tried warrior in the fulness of his strength, blah, blah and etc.

Jesus fucking Christ.  Way too old for her, thought Leonie -- in self-defense, since the truth was that she was way too young for him.  Annoyed with herself, she wrapped up in a towel and went back to her room to get dressed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 09, 2020, 02:35:25 PM
Tikk sprawled on his back in the middle of the bed snoring softly.  His paws curled across his chest and his back legs splayed bonelessly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 09, 2020, 05:25:38 PM
Longboat finished up the first hole and poked his head out the other hole.

"Reikerg seems to be holding his own, but I am unconvinced this location is less hostile than the last. It would appear we have replaced the local Opera House, and this has caused some consternation. I suppose I should delay rinsing the salt off, but I am hopeful there might be a dark brown ale somewhere..." Longboat began prepping the other hole.

"Hey Ho to the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall and wind may blow but there'll still be
Many miles to go"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 09, 2020, 06:46:00 PM
Red groaned. Half in annoyance and half in dreamy thoughts of possible pleasure. "I suppose I should go see what the latest trouble is." She headed down the ladder, stopping only to say, "Thank you Longboat, I'll be sure to have that brown ale ready for you when you are ready for it."

Down the stairs she went to her room. The upper room, really. She had one on the second floor with most of her things, and another down in the basement where Guinevere hung out. The demoness put on some jeans, a simple green blouse, and a black leather motorcycle jacket. She pulls on some boots and then heads down to the bar.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 09, 2020, 10:12:18 PM
Aisling is not using her deflection glamour.  She doesn't care if others see her or not in the Tavern since she's not on a spy/assassin mission here.  But her general air is always that she is unapproachable. 

After Red leaves she continues to Dream Walk a bit more, trying to find out more about this new world. 

It can't make for many welcome appearances if the Tavern sometimes displaces existing buildings.  The people inhabiting those place must be temporarily gone as well.  Do they just wink out and appear again like the Tavern, without feeling much loss of time, as with the Tavern's sliding?  The magic of the Tavern was mighty... and mighty strange.  Aisling did not wish to meet whatever being was responsible for creating it.

Dream Walking was as easy to her as breathing.   It was a rare ability, so rare that she was the only one who could Dream Walk with any usefulness, which is why she was kept and controlled by the Queen.  She could also rest while Dream Walking, as close to sleep as fae knew it, as could be, while still being somewhat aware of what was going on around her.  She knew Longboat was still working his strange magic, and was confident she would be alerted if she heard anyone using the stairs up to the attic, or climbing on the roof.  Longboat also seemed to be quick to sense what was going on around him.  She felt easy in sparing part of her attention to the Dreams and to resting.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 09, 2020, 11:14:04 PM
"Oh I was ready before I started up the stairs, Honey," said Longboat hamming it up after he thought Red was out of earshot. He assumed he was talking to himself as Aisling sat in what seemed to be the meditative state that Elves used instead of sleep, but she was not doing it the way Longboat did. He did not think it was just the fact that he was so much older, though he was old enough to not properly remember how he used to meditate.

He understood Aisling's desire to rest, but Longboat was very energized after his adventure with the Pirates. It had been a very long time since Longboat had any excitement other than the constant, low level, and building stress of being discovered as immortal in an increasingly surveillance oriented culture. He had no idea where he was, or would be going, but the elimination of his constant worry, combined with a huge adrenaline rush and a group of fellow travelers as out of place as he was, made him feel more at home than he had since the "incident" that left him on Earth.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 10, 2020, 01:16:53 AM
"I did not!" He insisted again. Being so focused on the stone creature, he didn't notice the other officer until she announced herself. She was close enough to scent, so he didn't so much as curl a lip at her.

Angua clearly wasn't asking what Detritus was, since their uniforms matched they must be acquaintences at least. That meant she was asking about the missing opera house, and Rikerg had to think hard.

"This is a tavern." He answered. Then, he realized it was a magic tavern, so there had to be a connection to it and the missing house. "I think it took the other house..." he furrowed his brows. "I hope it didn't eat it." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 10, 2020, 04:21:21 AM
Peter made out the form of a woman walking across the grounds through the rain and gloom, disappearing around the other side of the Tavern where Rikerg and the unseen being with the gravelly voice were still squabbling.  She sounded like a person of authority as she called out, "What's all this? Really. What is this?"

When Rikerg answered, "This is a Tavern. I think it took the other house. I hope it didn't eat it," Peter did a dramatic face-palm.

That's right, genius, he thought. Give the locals a reason to attack the Tavern... Brilliant.

Reggie lay down with a groan, putting his paws over his eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 10, 2020, 12:48:40 PM
Angua took in Rikerg's calm and (compared to Detritus) educated speech and the clothes he was wearing and realized that, despite his size and massive claws, he was a who. not a what.. She took a deep breath through the nose and tried to analyze his scent, but it baffled her.  The most she could say about him was not from around here.

"You HOPE it didn't eat it?  There were people in there!" she said.  "Where did this tavern come from?"

There was an official bustle from across the Yard and two more armored Watchmen headed over.  One of them was short, squat and bearded and didn't smell human because she was a dwarf.  The other was a human male who smelled mostly of the cheap cigar he was smoking.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 10, 2020, 01:01:34 PM
"Okay," Peter muttered to Reggie. "Things are starting to motor up. Come on."

He and the dog re-entered their room and he latched the balcony door, heading out and down the stairs to the bar. Relieved to see Red there, Peter said, "Red, it seems we've attract the attention of the local authorities. Worse yet, they're talking up Rikerg."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 10, 2020, 03:04:28 PM
Red nodded at Peter and then headed for the front, stopping momentarily for an umbrella hanging by the door. Outside she opened it up and stood for a moment checking out the sites, sounds, and smells of this new destination. The look reminded her of pre-industry London, the sounds, Paris, and the smell, well, like Hong Kong.

The demoness went down the front steps and called out to the assembly. "Hello, and welcome! This is the Sliding Tavern. Care to come in out of the rain for a drink? First one is on the house." She smiled warmly and gestured like Vanna White at the tavern behind her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 10, 2020, 04:00:07 PM
"I did not hear any screaming..." he said when she talked about people being in there. When she asked where the tavern came from, he gave it a thought before answering honestly. "I do not know. But given the circumstances, it is the most likely reason your opera house is gone." He wasn't thinking about the trouble that implicating the Tavern itself as a suspect would cause, just stating what seemed to be the most possible situation.

When the human joined them, he couldn't keep a low growl from starting up in his throat, although he made no attempt to threaten the man otherwise. He just kept his eyes on him, watching for any trouble that he may cause. He was distracted as Red came out and offered a drink, taking her last term literally.

"...The Tavern is on the house?" he questioned, looking at the ground again to see if he'd missed anything.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 10, 2020, 08:14:43 PM
Peter and Reggie followed Red outside, but stayed on the covered porch for the time being.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 11, 2020, 03:32:37 PM
Angua intercepted the human Watchman before he got within easy earshot and had a few hurried words with him, during which he frowned, first at Rikerg, then at Red.  When she was finished, he headed over to Red.

The human male looked about fifty, lean, tough, clean-shaven and of a sour disposition.  He didn't seem to worry about Rikerg growling, but that might have been because Detritus was still hanging onto him, and even if Rikerg was as strong as he looked, Detritus weighed as much as a six-foot boulder. He clenched the cigar in his teeth like Clint Eastwood.  "Thanks," he told Red.  "The Watch always appreciates a free drink.  In fact, I imagine you'll soon have so many Watchmen over here appreciating it that I'll have to hire opera singers to operate the Watch House. 

"Lucky for me, there's going to be quite a few opera singers along in a few hours wondering where the hell their Opera House has gotten to.  I understand some members of the chorus and the janitorial staff sleep in the building, so they're apparently missing.  Can you shed any light on their disappearance, Miss?"

The dwarf meanwhile raised a box up to her face and pointed it at the Tavern.  The box had a shutter and looked a little bit like a 19th century camera.  "Is this one of those traveling shops that show up around the Backs?" she wondered.  "You know, suddenly there's a whole new shop full of strange and mysteriously cursed things for sale and you remember it was there all along, but it wasn't there all along yesterday?

Angua meanwhile went back to Detritus and Rikerg.  Detritus had forgotten he was supposed to be arresting Rikerg, but he had also forgotten to let go of him and was just standing around waiting for orders.  "You can let go now, Constable," Angua said.  "They're only aiming drinks at us.  Hi," she said to Rikerg.  "I'm Angua, this is Detritus, that's Sir Samuel Vimes, Commander of the Watch, and the dwarf is Corporal Cherie Littlebottom."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 11, 2020, 03:59:19 PM
"Yes," replied Red. She smiled at the commander. "But how about I tell you while I'm getting you, Commander Vimes, and anyone else who would like to get out of this damp, a drink?" The demoness turns towards the steps.

"I suspect the Opera House will return once we leave," she begins. "But I don't actually have any proof of that, for I have always traveled with the Sliding Tavern, so I have never been around to see what happens to a place after the slide."

To Red it makes sense that when the tavern appears somewhere, it displaces what was there until the tavern moves on. But she has also considered the domino theory, where each place replaces where they were before. So when the tavern first moved, that first location traded places with where the tavern had been. Then when it slid a second time, the new place went back one stop. If this is true, then the Opera House is now sitting on a beach next to a lagoon on a tropical island where a bunch of furry pirates just got their collective asses kicked. That would also imply that the Sliding Tavern has been leaving a wake of displaced things and people. A third idea, the divot theory, is that the tavern just destroys whatever place it displaces, leaving divots wherever it's been. Red figures it's best to not mention either of those two possibilities.

"If there is some way that you could let me know after we slide that the Opera House has reappeared or not it would certainly clear up a lot of speculation."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 11, 2020, 05:57:34 PM
Leonie didn't see any reason to disturb Sir Tikk, who probably needed his sleep after the shocks of the day a long time on his own.  She got dressed quietly in jeans, a black t-shirt with the Brakebills golden key with wings logo and a long gray cardigan against the chilly damp.  She left the door to their room open for him and went up the attic stairs to see what Longboat was singing about.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 11, 2020, 11:33:12 PM
The bearded Elf finished blending his work into the purlins and rafters with a combination of his knife and fingernails. In spite of being obvious to any reasonably focused observer that the patches looked more like a meticulously crafted Japanese temple with no visible connectors than a late 19th century attic, the blending was quite effective. He enjoyed the work, and felt satisfaction in how well it was made, and relief that the fate of Kingdoms did not rest on whether or not it was a successful patch. Then it hit him:

He had been the one responsible, or in hiding since he could remember. And now here he was. With his responsibilities long buried in the sands of time, and a high degree of confidence that anyone interested in him from Earth would not understand, or even be aware of anything remotely like the Tavern.

Then he sensed a shift in Aisling and he looked up from his thoughts to see Leonie poking her head up the attic stairs. "Good thing one of us was paying attention," thought Longboat, stealing a quick glance at Aisling, who he did not think had moved. Then he smiled as he regrounded himself, turned to Leonie and said, "I was just heading out to check on your car and make sure the barn was weather tight as well. Would you care to accompany me?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 12, 2020, 01:53:24 AM
Should she stay in the Attic and keep Dreamwalking?  But the people in this land were so boring!

Perhaps she should take the time to look around the Tavern, now that she was upstairs?  She could always do that at some other time.  There was no immediacy required.  She was fairly certain there were no typical dangers hiding in the Tavern, although it had its own very strange, and somewhat impenetrable magic (she couldn't Dreamwalk well those who stayed in the Tavern--although that was partially due to people not sleeping or dreaming much--she thought.  It could very well be the Tavern itself, which didn't disturb her at all.  If she couldn't search other people's dreams so well, they likely couldn't search hers.  There were always risks in life.

Should she follow the magic-user and the fae-ish man to the barn?  She was a little curious about the woman's mechanical coach.  And taking in the view of the world might be interesting (despite the boring people).  Plus the tusked-one might be fighting things by now...

Aisling got up and went silently downstairs, tracing their route to the barn, some ten to fifteen paces behind Longboat and Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 12, 2020, 12:35:51 PM
Commander Vimes looked like a man badly in need of a drink -- he had a sort of twitchy hollow expression when Red repeated her offer -- but he said, "Thanks, I don't drink.  And I like rain."  This while it was drumming on his helmet and pouring off the rim in rivulets.  He ascended the steps, since Red was going that way and he wanted more answers. 

"Sir!" said the dwarf urgently.  "What if this is one of those deals where you eat or drink something inside and then you can't ever leave?"

"How many of those have we had in Ankh-Morpork?" Vimes asked over his shoulder.

"Well... none."

"Right," said Vimes, and went inside.  Angua followed him, sampling the air warily.  She nodded at Peter and gave a second nod to Reggie as if to a person.  Corporal Littlebottom continued pointing her box at various angles of the Tavern, and Detritus went back to general guarding.

"When are you leaving?" Vimes said directly to Red.  It sounded as if he'd be a lot happier if the answer was "soon."

"I'll have a mug of ale," Angua said, breathing deeply as she looked around.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 12, 2020, 01:07:53 PM
Leonie hadn't seen the "before" picture where the attic had two holes in the roof, but the amount of water and debris on the floor made it clear that Longboat had done an amazing job of repair in a very short time.  Even magic, at least the kind she knew, would have taken longer than this.  "Wow," she said simply.

The mood she was in made her ready to feel irritated with Longboat, but even the possibility of that vanished when he smiled... and as for his offer, it made her heart flutter and her ears turn pink.  "Sure!  Uh, let me grab an umbrella."

She didn't see Aisling until she turned around to go back down the stairs.  She started and gave the dark Fae a mistrustful look on her way out.  Aisling's silence was starting to seriously creep her out.  She picked her umbrella out of her suitcase on the second floor.  "Stay here, Tikky, you won't want to get wet."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 12, 2020, 01:32:45 PM
Tikk grunted, slitted an eye enough to see Leonie and went back to snoring.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 12, 2020, 01:48:15 PM
"Good evening," Peter acknowledged Vimes and Angua politely as they went past him, and Reggie's nostrils flared at Angua's ankles.

**Whoa** Reggie breathed. **That's... interesting.**

"What?" Peter whispered.

**Let's just say that she has a little more in common with me than with you**

Peter nodded, wondering what that meant, but his attention was caught by the Little Person with the camera-like box. He (Peter was making an assumption based on the thick beard) didn't appear to be taking pictures, just pointing the thing. "Officer," Peter called out, keeping his voice curious, "what is it you're looking for with that devise?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 12, 2020, 03:04:52 PM
Rikerg's head turned to follow his approach, and the closer he got to Red, the louder the growl grew. Angua speaking to him distracted him enough to remember that Red had asked him not to attack anyone. What Angua said confirmed that they weren't planning to be hostile, so he stopped growling, and with some hesitance, glowering at the commander.

"I am Rikerg." He replied. The stone creature seemed to be guarding the Tavern in lieu of the Opera House now, or perhaps he was getting ready for when it returned. If it ever did. Another growl came from him, though it was from his stomach this time, and he crouched back down on the ground, his palms flat on the wet grass. If the rain bothered him, he didn't show it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 12, 2020, 08:34:30 PM
Red was familiar with the 'I don't drink' phrase meaning he doesn't drink liquids containing alcohol, and not that he doesn't drink anything at all. But who knows, maybe he absorbed water straight from the air, and considering how much water there was in this local atmosphere, perhaps so.

"Nothing at all? Not even tea or coffee? I even have filtered water in a bottle if you prefer." Red stepped behind the bar and started a pour of ale for the lady.

"I don't know when we will slide," she shrugged. "Sometimes in just a few hours, other times it's a few days. While I've been here we've never stayed as long as a week, or less than an hour." She slid the dark ale across the counter towards Angua.

"However, there's always a first time." She smiles at the commander.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 13, 2020, 12:01:34 AM
Cherie Littlebottom lowered the box and regarding Peter for a moment with an eager, slightly nervous smile.  "What, you don't have these?" 

Seeing an excuse to get out of the wet, she trotted over and climbed the steps to show him the box.  It was wood and brass, with a little door that opened in front, a slot in back and a button on top.  "This is an iconograph," she explained, speaking a little slower and louder than really necessary, as if Peter was a small child or a foreign tourist.  "It's a wonderful device that lets you make instantaneous paintings." 

She knocked on top of the box.  "Let's have the last one." 

A picture of the Tavern slid out of the slot at the back. Cherie handed it to Peter.  It didn't really look like a photo, it looked like a very small, very accurate oil painting done on a piece of cardstock.

Up close, Cherie looked a little odd.  Although she wore an iron helmet and heavy boots and had a thick, luxuriant beard, she was also wearing lipstick, eye shadow and earrings.

"Say, I'm almost out of black," said a tiny voice from inside the box.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 13, 2020, 04:18:51 AM
Peter listened to Cherie with rapt attention. He was beginning to think he had been wrong and that the devise was indeed some kind of camera, when the dwarf handed him the little painting of the Tavern. "Oh, this is exquisite!" he breathed, examining all the tiny detail.

He turned to the Little Person, smiling his delight, when he noticed the make-up on Cherie's face. He blinked for a second, then thought, Really. who am I to judge?

The tiny voice in the iconograph caught Peter by surprise, and he took a sudden step back. "Hello! What?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 13, 2020, 10:40:43 AM
As they entered the barn, the shine on the hood of the Mustang was clear even in the dim light. Longboat was not a car person, but in his day, kings would have killed for that paint finish, and Ford produced literally millions of these things. He was surprised to find himself thinking about how sexy this young lady was in her Mustang, but then again, he was staying in a Tavern run by a frequently naked Succubus...

He rummaged around until he found a nice enough looking tarp. He gave it a quick shake and tossed it to Leonie. "Put this over the car so it is a little less obvious. We can clean up the car the next time we land in daylight."

Then he found a ladder and a few pieces of scrap wood, climbed up and began his repair, while chatting away. "If I recall, most of the '68s had 302s, but a few had  428s. I know because one of my allies helped me to escape Las Vegas in a '68 with a 428 under the hood. I am not a car guy, but I do have a fond memory of this model, so i am delighted to help you keep it safe. Unfortunately, I am not good with steel, glass, and petroleum based extrusions, the way I am with wood, so keeping it out of harm's way is our best plan."

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 13, 2020, 12:15:32 PM
"Tea, orange like you boiled it in an old boot, with three sugars," Vimes said, "To go, please.  I have a lot of work to do.  One hour to one week, huh?"  On Discworld, a week was eight days long.  He scowled a little more than he had already been scowling. 

On the other hand, he couldn't say -- or at least couldn't prove -- that a crime had been committed.  There was trouble ahead for this Sliding Tavern, but it wasn't specifically Watch-related trouble, at least not yet.  He turned to Angua.  "This seems like something the wizards are going to have to sort out, Sergeant. Or the lawyers.  Or the Patrician.  But it wouldn't hurt for you to find out whatever you can, if you've a mind."

"Yes, sir," said Angua, demurely sipping her ale and smiling back at Red, as if to make up for the Commander's total inability to smile.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 13, 2020, 01:21:13 PM
"Oh," said Cherie.  "The imp."  She opened the little door and there was a tiny pale green creature with demonic but woebegone features holding a palette and a paintbrush inside. 

"You want me to paint that guy?" it said of Peter.

"No, I didn't press the button, I just opened the door," Cherie answered.  "I'll get you some more black in a minute."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 13, 2020, 01:50:45 PM
Leonie crossed the yard with Longboat, sharing her umbrella and feeling vaguely as if her hands and face were swelling up with embarrassment.  Once in the barn, she was relieved to see the car was fine.  Covered with fallen debris, but undamaged.  She brushed splinters off the hardtop while Longboat was finding the tarp, then helped him cover it.  "Thank you."

"Um," she added, noticing that Aisling -- with eyes for nobody but Longboat apparently -- had drifted into the barn after them.  But Aisling still said nothing, so Leonie returned the favor.

"This has a 302.  But I work with it a lot -- there are spells to get more efficiency or more torque out of an engine.  It'd hold its own against a Cobra Jet model."  She climbed up after to watch him work.  "You'd be in the Natural Magic discipline if you went to Brakebills.  Well...um, you'd..."  She couldn't help noticing the skill and power in his casting, he obviously didn't even have to think about Circumstances, it came so naturally.  "...be a professor, I'm sure."

Way to go, Leonie, try to think of something more stupid to say. 

"So, um... you're an elf, I guess?" 

Not THAT stupid!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 13, 2020, 01:52:24 PM
Red filled a glass coffee carafe with water, added a couple of bags of Orange Pekoe, and held it on her left palm while digging out an early twenty-first century travel mug. Her hand glowed and soon the water in the carafe was boiling madly. She then poured the hot liquid into the mug, added three sugar cubes, and stirred it with a glass cocktail rod that sported a black glass rabbit head at its top.

"Thank you, Commander Vimes," said the demoness as she offered the travel mug of tea. "For your patient understanding of the situation. Let me know if I can do anything else for you." She gave him her smolder smile.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 13, 2020, 03:38:05 PM
Peter peered into the box at the little green man, then realized he was staring. "Sorry," he said quickly. "That was rude. Sorry to disturb you, and pleased to meet you. You... ah... you do lovely work."

Reggie was standing up on his hind feet, stretching up on his tip-toes and sniffing to catch the imp's scent. His stumpy tail wagged in a vibrating motion. **Cool!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 13, 2020, 05:16:30 PM
"I think I like the term 'Archaic  Sindar' to describe my type of Elf. People on Earth speak of many types of Elves that are outside of my experience, and I am unsure how I relate to many of them." Longboat looked at Aisling. "And I don't really do magic any more. It's just that I have spent millennia doing exactly this, and anyone who spent the time could learn to do this." He waved his hand at his handiwork and sounded like he was trying to convince himself more than anyone else. His mood had been getting better, and this repair was even fancier, with the siding looking like posh art deco panels that slowly blended into the rough boards around them. He looked at the repair. He looked at his hands. He looked back at the repair.

"I guess some habits die hard." He shook his hands. "Maybe I don't even know what magic is anymore. At any rate, I don't think I would be a very good professor at this point. Let's see if I can pay proper attention while fixing the last hole," he continued as he and Leonie climbed down and moved the ladder to the last hole that Longboat could easily fix.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 13, 2020, 06:55:33 PM
Aisling stayed out of the way again, and just watched and listened.  Archaic Sindar is something she'd never heard of before, but then she hadn't known anyone like Longboat nor any of most all of the current inhabitants of the Tavern, and the new worlds were all very strange, new experiences.  Archaic Sindar seemed to be fae-like, but different, so being a separate type of being made sense.  In the lands she had lived in there had be many types of creatures, but none like Longboat.  There were creatures called elves, but they were similar in form to imps and gnomes.

He said he didn't do magic any more, just did what he knew from millennia.  She could relate somewhat to that.  She'd dreamwalked and shadow danced for many centuries, and did it now unconsciously and out of long habit.  The same went for sneaking and killing.  It was easy and thoughtless after all so long.  Millennia, though...  Time was a strange thing and worked differently in different places, even within her own world.  It also worked differently withing certain perceptions.  Aisling had practiced to keep her time by the Queen and Court, so had rarely lost or gained time.  The Queen's time had seemed... timeless.  And certainly, it was not easy to feel its passage, ever.  She may have spent millennia as the Queen's creature.  It certainly weighed upon her as eons might, even though she couldn't count the minutes, much less the millennia.  But Longboat had the feel of a much older magical being than her, however you measure time.

Her own millennia or centuries or whathaveyou, might as well have been a blink of the eye, since she her time as a Shadow had had so much of the sameness.  After her escape, it the each day had been an eternity filled with new activities, different experiences, unknown fears...  It was a lot more being ALIVE, perhaps.  Time was certainly an unfathomable.

And his abilities remained impressive, particularly with the ease he wielded them.

The Tavern may slide into something new and unknowable every time, but even the Tavern itself, and the few people currently at it, seemed a new world to Aisling.

Although...  all creatures were to some extent knowable.  Most could bleed and die like all others.  Some easier than others, but she had been fae and fae weren't easy, which is why the Queen had kept her captive.

Having to new things to consider, like Longboat, and the human magic-user called Leonie, were much more welcome than memories of the life she had escaped.

--Aisling was also aware that being a silent shadow made people uncomfortable.  She just didn't care about that much.  She could play a much more social role, but she wasn't on a mission, so she felt free to be herself. --
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 13, 2020, 07:19:35 PM
Vimes allowed his face to crack a little.  "If you're offering anything in the way of negotiable affection, Miss, you'll be in trouble with the Seamstresses' Guild.  They don't like competition.  Thank you for the tea..."  He took the travel mug with a surprised look.  He had never seen anything made of plastic before.  "I'll, uh, get this back to you." 

He strode out of the Tavern.  "Back to work, Corporal," he told Cherie, who excused herself to Peter and scampered after him off the Tavern grounds and back to the Yard.

Angua, meanwhile leaned across the bar to Red and said, "If you don't mind my asking, what exactly is that twelve-foot person with the claws?  Some sort of bogeyman?"

A short time later, the Watch House experienced a small explosion of suddenly off-duty officers -- human, dwarf and troll -- who headed over the the Tavern for that on-the-house first round.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 13, 2020, 11:09:32 PM
The final hole that Longboat repaired (for the moment) looked markedly different still. This repair was blending in perfectly. The rafters and purlins; the top plate and the tops of the wall studs, all looked like the surrounding rough sawn lumber.

"I may figure out how to do this whole handyman thing yet," he said as he leaned back and looked at the developing patch which looked like it might not be distinguishable at all from the surrounding works.

"If you wanted to look around for a stash of glass panes while I finish up here, we might be able to fix the greenhouse. Even though I can't mold glass like wood, we can still cut glass panes if there are any sheets big enough to work with here."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 13, 2020, 11:10:52 PM
He hadn't had anything to eat in days. Normally, this wouldn't be such an issue, but that was when he was lounging around. He'd spent several hours trying to get out of the Tavern, then had chased Leonie and fought against her magic. He'd even gotten blood drawn during his fight with the bear, and all of this wasted energy needed to be replenished.

Unlike the previous location, there were no wilds nearby, even the ocean must have been filled with life. Since he'd seen what gargantuan beasts lived within its depths, surely there had to be something sizeable to eat. He would be surprised to find that any fish would be able to survive the filthy canal, any that did would certainly be inedible. Even if it was clean, clear, and filled with trout, it was too energy consuming to go for all of those small mouthfuls.

So when the area began to fill with humans, he didn't growl anymore. Instead, he stayed very still, his claws kneading at the ground beneath him. He began to salivate, his pupils dilating as his nostrils flared.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 14, 2020, 12:42:34 PM
"Oh, I'm not entirely sure," replied the demoness to Angua. "I'd hazard guess that Rikerg is a giant of some sort, a Misanthrope perhaps. He's new to the tavern."

As the first wave of Watch personnel arrived Red got busy pouring drinks to all the various denizens. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 14, 2020, 01:14:02 PM
Leonie had read LOTR, but not The Silmarillion, so the word "Sindar" did not make her positively recognize Longboat as a Tolkien elf.  But that was certainly the genre she was thinking.  'Uh, you're definitely doing magic.  And you didn't even have to adjust to the Circumstances here."  That was practically demigod level in her book.  But he was right that he'd make a lousy professor.  He wouldn't be able to explain to a bunch of First Years something that came so naturally to him.

She searched the barn, ignoring Aisling as pointedly as (she thought) Aisling ignored her and found a lot of different kinds of tools, but no glass.  "Maybe there are some spares in the greenhouse itself," she suggested.  She found glass-cutting tools, however, and grabbed them.  "Hopefully not broken.  Although I could probably repair them, if the darn sun would come up and I could get oriented here."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 14, 2020, 06:35:11 PM
The Watchmen watched Rikerg warily as they strode or scuttled or lumbered or sidled into the Tavern.  (Some of them were really good at sidling.)  No one quite knew what to make of him, but the looming presence of Detritus in the vicinity seemed to reassure them. 

Inside, the majority had their one round on the house and then tipped their helmets to the comely proprietress and headed out like responsible coppers.  A few lingered and attempted to persuade her to extend them credit for another one.  Angua nursed hers and kept an eye on everyone.

The rain tapered off as the sky lightened and showed the great twin cities of proud Ankh and pestilent Morpork for what they were.  Soon the streets began to fill up with the kinds of people who have to get to work early.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 14, 2020, 08:57:58 PM
As the Watchmen began to fill the Tavern, Peter went inside to help Red pour the drinks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 14, 2020, 09:26:10 PM
He knew that if he attacked any of the uniformed humans, all of the other uniformed humans and creatures would attack him as well, and he was in no mood to get into a large fight. It would be a waste of life as well, he didn't understand exactly how beings could fight to the death for someone they didn't even know, but from his experience that was what matching armor meant they would do.

An inebriated citizen that was not up and about for work, but had been up all night drinking, had joined the Watchmen for the free drink then left after not getting a second. Rikerg watched this human stumble away, he shook himself to get some of the rain off before getting up and stalking after the oblivious drunkard.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 14, 2020, 11:46:09 PM
Aisling's attention went to the mechanical carriage.  There didn't seem to be much magic to the thing.  Some traces only, which probably meant that the magic-user and perhaps her possessions were the source.  There was a strong sense of iron, which made her nose itch and kept her from wanting to get any closer.  The interior, with its upholstery, looked rich enough, although the styling in general was a little too plain to be that appealing.

Iron was not welcome anywhere in the fae realms.  (Of course the Queen excepted certain tools used by her Prison Keepers and Torturers.)   Machinery, made of wood, stone, glass, copper and other such, were created, of course.  They tended to be practical items, and not much prized by the Courts.  As far as transportation, horses, horse-drawn or magic driven vehicles, were found to be the preferred method.  This machine probably had greater speed, but it would need paved roads and some sort of probably very specific fuel.  All that made it impractical in the heavily forested fae realms. 

However, in a city such as they presently were located, perhaps a scaled-down version could do well with all these streets and leveled byways.   Although it would attract far too much attention.  Perhaps useful as a distraction?  At any rate, not a thing she need be concerned about...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 15, 2020, 01:35:55 PM
Longboat finished up the patch, and it blended in perfectly, just as he wanted. He climbed down, grabbed a dustpan and broom, and threw them over his shoulder.

"I'm heading over to the hothouse. It would be great to have some accompaniment unless there is anything further you would like to do to secure your vehicle. I feel pretty good now that the Tavern is safe from imminent water damage and the barn is secure, but I figure I might as well start cleaning up the hothouse too. Who knows where we will end up next, and it can't hurt to arrive in ship shape."

And he headed off, noting that the frame of the hothouse was iron, and would be significantly more involved to repair.

"Everytime we go down to Broken Glass Park,
We'd sit on down 'til day turned into dark"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 15, 2020, 04:37:28 PM
While Red was busy serving drinks to all those of the Watch and hanger-ons who had quickly responded to the offer of free drinks, the demoness's thoughts kept going back to Rikerg. She knew that while other recent inn mates could find a room within the tavern, as well as drink and sustenance, the giant wasn't going to have it as easy. He had shrugged off the attacks, but Red suspected that he had been injured. He probably needed much food, rest and recovery. She supposed he could stay in the barn, what with its large double doors and open space. There were no longer any animals in there and it was used mostly as storage. Red told herself once the rush died down she'd get a couple of ham-hocks for Rikerg as well as take some blankets out to the barn.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 16, 2020, 04:22:15 PM
Sir Tikk yawned and rolled over, cracking an eye.  The bed was empty, and he could hear, faintly, noises from downstairs.  Hrmm...time to find some grub, he realized he hadn't eaten recently.  Getting up he jump down with a grunt and headed downstairs.  He stopped and stared...were those...people?  Not sure if talking cats were out of the ordinary, or heck even CATS, he hovered in the shadow of the stairs and watched.  When Red came by close enough he let out a tentative meow and gave the total package of starving to death cat with the wet eyes and pleading look.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 16, 2020, 05:02:49 PM
With one last uneasy glance at Aisling, who was looking at the Mustang as if she could see right through the tarp, Leonie followed Longboat out.  Since he had said "accompaniment" rather than "company," she took him at his word and contributed the lyrics of a different artist:

My boy's being suss, he was shady enough
but now he's just a shadow
My boy loves his friends like I love my split ends
and by that I mean he cuts them off.

My boy, my boy, my boy
don't love me like he promised
My boy, my boy, my boy
ain't a man and sure as hell ain't honest.

When she was done with that, she asked Longboat, "So, how come you had to escape from Las Vegas?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 16, 2020, 05:11:26 PM
Although the drunkard was oblivious, the Watchmen were not, or not entirely.  Detritus observed Rikerg leaving, but thought very little of it, not even the obvious fact that a twelve-foot ogre stalking the Isle of Gods would cause trouble.  However, a pair of human Watchmen who had been unable to cadge a second round of free drinks out of Red noticed him as they were leaving.

"'Ere, should he be doin' that, Sarge?"
"Indeed not, Nobby.  'E's gonna cause a panic, goin' around all clawed and suchlike."
"So... should we be stoppin' 'im then, Sarge?"
"Er...."
"Only I can't help notice 'e's got them claws, you know?"
"Weellll... we're off duty, ain't we?  Right.  So I reckon we ought to go... tell Sergeant Angua about 'im."
"She's off-duty too, Sarge."
"Nobby?"
"Yeah, Sarge?"
"Shut up."

Thus it was a minute later, Sergeant Angua excused herself and left the Tavern.  Although Rikerg was out of sight, she had no trouble picking up his very unique scent even in her human form, and she followed quietly after him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 16, 2020, 08:25:52 PM
Aisling felt free, invitation or not, to again shadow the elf and the human.  They both seemed to like communicating in song, something she thought was odd, unless one was a siren and trying to lure someone in that way.  Dark fae sang sometimes, but it usually wasn't for communicating and definitely wasn't pleasant.  (She wanted to shiver at the thought of that, but didn't.)

Seeing more of the Tavern's out-buildings was long over-due.  And perhaps the answer to the human's question might be revelatory.  More useful than seeing if the local inhabitants were going cause trouble for those currently with the Tavern--or the reverse (which might be more likely).
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 16, 2020, 11:08:51 PM
It didn't take long for Rikerg to lose the drunk, not because he had suddenly sobered up and masterfully evaded him, but because of the many people that were out, he found himself overwhelmed. Just as the Watchmen had predicted, the citizens were none too happy to have him skulking around.

People were clearing the way for him, because of the early morning the panic wasn't too intense, but even without his size and claws he looked quite the degenerate. His shirt torn, faint stains of blood from himself and the bear on it along with any remnants of the explosive that wasn't washed off by the hose.

Along with that, he had a sneer on his face and was regarding everyone that looked in his general direction with a half-mad look. The smarter ones went along with their business much faster, but after one of the more entitled ones told him to shove off back to his cave, he started growling.

He hunched down, his claws leaving gashes in the ground beneath them as he looked to see which of the onlookers would make the best meal.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 17, 2020, 12:15:15 AM
Red was heading for the kitchen when she came across the cat. The demoness hadn't expected such a small creature could have much of an affect on her, yet its plaintive eyes and soft mew immediately turned her to mush.

"What are you hungry? Well this way to the kitchen my little puss-puss." Red lead the obviously non-starving cat to the larder and pulled out a couple of ham-hocks, and before taking them to the back door, tore off a palm-sized hunk of the salted meat for Tikk. "There you go sweetie."

Red stepped out the back door and came around the towards the front looking for Rikerg. As she circled the tavern she came across Longboat, Leonie, and Aisling heading to the garden. "Hey, have any of you seen Rikerg?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 17, 2020, 01:47:15 AM
"Oh dear... ," said Longboat as he stopped and looked around. "I suspect Aisling might be able to locate him fastest," he continued gesturing at the barely noticeable Dark Fae.

"We should get him back to the Tavern grounds before a slide happens, as I suspect this might not be the ideal environment for him. I can take a quick circle around the island, though I am not nearly as effective here as I was on that lovely beach. Unless you have a plan, Red."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 17, 2020, 03:37:06 AM
Peter noted Red as she left the bar for the kitchen, easily taking over for her serving the drinks, not so busy now as the free rounds were claimed. Reggie, who had been curled up in a small dog bed in an out of the way spot under the bar, suddenly lifted his head, nostrils flaring. Ham!! Heavenly ham!!

Scrambling to his feet, he followed his nose to the pantry just as Red left with the ham-hocks. Seeing Tikk with the meat, the terrier sat, tail wagging, and watched the cat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 17, 2020, 08:48:37 AM
Sir Tikk started to attack the ham then heard....the dog's tail practically vibrating.  With a soft sigh, and a quick glance to hopefully make sure no one else would hear/see a talking cat, he said "Fine...you can have half of my hard earned meat.  Doesn't your human feed you?  You gotta get them puppy eyes down..."  Tikk backed up to one side of the portion of ham leaving the other side open.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 17, 2020, 12:10:08 PM
Reggie quickly licked his chops, swallowing, then inched forward on his belly. His portion disappeared in two precise snaps, then he parted his jaws in surprise as the taste hit home. **Whoa** he gasped. **That's seriously salty.**

His tongue lolled and he gave several quick looks around, torn between begging for more and running for his water bowl. Cats were such dainty eaters -- he didn't know how they did it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 17, 2020, 12:29:02 PM
Sir Tikk blinked as Reggie's half..poofed!  "Did you chew??" He gasped, half serious and half, well, he wasn't sure.  "Well, maybe see if there's anything on a counter you can smell out and when I'm done I can knock it down?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 17, 2020, 02:12:21 PM
Angua threaded through the crowd, her badge and armor helping to move people out of the way, and found Rikerg where she expected: at the center of a hostile circle of citizens.  There were even a few idiotic boys stooping for cobblestones.

She put a hand on Rikerg's shoulder -- which she could only reach because he was crouching -- and said, "Instead of doing what you're thinking of doing, how about I buy you a drink and we talk about it?"

Her authority made some of the citizens back down, but a few were still belligerent.  "Hey, you're in the Watch, get this thing off the street, what do we pay our taxes for?"

"That's a very interesting question, Mr. Garner," Angua said back to the ringleader.  "When did you last pay your taxes?  Should I send Carrot around to check?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 17, 2020, 02:22:03 PM
**You're a good guy, for a cat** Reggie said, giving a funny wheeze, jaws still parted. **Peter feeds me every day, but really, who passes up surprise food? Not me!** He hacked and wheezed again. **Pardon. I gotta go...**

Then Reggie practically ran into the kitchen, to where his water bowl was placed in a corner on a mat that said Pampered Pooch on it, and began gulping down water like it was going out of style.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 17, 2020, 03:30:16 PM
"Nope," Leonie answered promptly.  "Have you tried following the sound of screaming?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 17, 2020, 08:24:38 PM
Sir Tikk puffed up at Reggie's words. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 17, 2020, 08:35:46 PM
"I can find him if he's dreaming...  Or, as this human suggests, just by following the sounds of screaming," Aisling said.  "I suppose he does have a distinct scent, but I'm not really that much of a tracker.  However, spotting a huge tusked creature can't be that difficult.  I think he headed off that way."  She pointed down the street she'd glimpsed his very hard to miss form heading down.  Someone needed to leash that beastie down.  Nothing but trouble could come of having him wandering about on his own recognizance.

But perhaps it was better if he wandered along his way here and the Tavern moved off without him, given the way he attacked the humans at the Tavern in the midst of being on a strange island with an armed shipload of sea-thieves approaching.

Dark fae were notoriously unfriendly to humans, but unfriendly didn't mean completely crazed.  She did sort of feel for the tusked-one, though.  He reminded her of many of her own kind.  Of course, dark fae often were as unfriendly to other dark fae as they were to humans...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 17, 2020, 08:38:29 PM
Longboat squinted at Leonie. "Excuse me, but I believe that I am the perceptive one," he chuckled as he gave her a light nudge in the shoulder with his elbow (which felt more like a tension releasing pressure point massage than a pokey jab).

"Yes, let's follow the screaming. Working with iron is going to seem like a vacation...  Speaking of which," he said to Red as he tossed the broom and dust pan on to the porch and began to head off, "can you generate enough heat to repair the iron frame of the green house? That is if I can find the right tools in the barn to shape it once hot. I saw some promising looking hammers and aprons, but I will need to look more closely. I thought we might combine our talents and get it repaired if we ever land in a more sedate location."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 17, 2020, 09:34:28 PM
He was tense under her hand, but didn't react negatively to the touch. Most of the boys had dropped their cobblestones, only one threw a rock, him and all the others running off like they were all accomplices. The rock didn't actually hurt, but the message was enough for him, and his growling grew in volume as he realized the humans didn't exactly see him as a threat with Angua here, but still wanted him gone.

"I am not thirsty." he answered, glowering at the man who spoke. He wasn't just disrespecting him, but the sergeant as well, even though she seemed to defend them. If he knew anything, words alone couldn't put humans back in line. He took in a breath and roared at the remaining crowd, which shut them all up, before he pounced toward the nearest human to try and snatch them up. He'd already been gone from the Tavern long enough, and he didn't plan on getting stuck here, so he was going to return there before taking the time to kill any humans.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 18, 2020, 01:10:54 AM
"Heat can also make glass, I think," Aisling said.  That was nearly the sum of her knowledge about glass, however.  It would have been nice to be a craftsperson of some sort, but that hadn't been her fate.

Were they really going to go after the tusked-one?  She doubted it was a wise move.  But if the bar-keep was with them, hopefully they wouldn't miss the Tavern sliding without them.  There may be no dark fae in the vicinity, but this world didn't exactly appeal to Aisling as far as a long stay went.



------Ugh... and if Iron-working was going to be something Longboat was going to do, Aisling would gladly skip observing that.  Like all fae, she was allergic to iron.  It would only kill her like any metal weapon would, but it would interfere with healing and would be much more painful.  She could probably stand to ride in the metal carriage, for instance, but she wouldn't enjoy it.

Curious that Longboat wasn't adverse to iron.   The Sindar were definitely not any kind of fae Aisling was familiar with.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 18, 2020, 09:56:57 PM
"Godsdammit!"  Angua said at Rikerg's roar, "if you make me ruin another outfit --"  She was already ripping off her outer pieces of armor as she spoke. 

As Rikerg lunged, she lunged after him, Changing in midair.  The in-between state was something horrible to look at, but the creature that ended up trying  to lock its jaws around Rikerg's meaty wrist was a wolf. 

Angua made a healthy and very graceful wolf with luminous golden eyes, but she was only a little bit bigger than a normal adult specimen of canus lupus.  Her weight might be enough to slow, but definitely could not stop Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 19, 2020, 03:48:06 PM
His wrist had veins of the black, hardened substance on them, but her canines managed to sink in to the exposed skin. He didn't take it as her trying to defend the humans, but rather, he thought she was trying to fight him for the right to eat this one.

He held the human he had grabbed in the opposite hand and raised his future meal up in the air to keep away from the werewolf. He tried to shake her off, as he moved to return to the Tavern, the screaming crowd no longer acting as a blockade.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 19, 2020, 05:02:13 PM
Reggie, who had finally managed to slake his salt-induced thirst, stood over the water bowl with ears alert. The sounds of multiple screams, terrified and piercing, came from outside the Tavern. **Uh-oh, this doesn't sound good** Running back into the bar, the small dog barked at Peter. **Trouble! Trouble outside!!**

There were only a couple of diehards left in the bar at this point, and Peter was collecting glasses from the tables when Reggie ran in. They were all beginning to look around uneasily before Reggie began barking.

"Shit," Peter growled, setting down the tray of glasses. "Come on, Reg."

Peter and Reggie went out onto the porch to see what was happening, eyes squinting through the rain toward the lit streets of the city, where there were several packs of beings running away from Rikerg, who had a man in one fist and a wolf on his other wrist. "Damn," Peter said. "Damn, damn, damn! Do you know where Red went?"

**Nope** Reggie answered. **She went out the kitchen door with a couple of salty pig butts**

This earned the terrier a double take from Peter, before he started down the steps into the rain.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 19, 2020, 09:06:58 PM
Red nodded at Longboat's suggestion. "I can heat the iron, though you'll need to shape it." She smiled. "I'd love to assist you." At the sounds of distant screaming, she looked that way. "That's probably Rikerg." The demoness excused herself and headed off in the direction of the commotion.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 20, 2020, 03:51:05 AM
Sometimes things could be TOO predictable.  If she wasn't a dark fae who was supposed to be all uncaring and expressionless, Aisling would have rolled her eyes and sighed at the sounds of screams.

Red set off to aid the tusked-one.  Or maybe she was aiding the locals?

As the Tavern was her temporary home, Aisling figured she should earn her keep, or at least keep on the good side of Red, who seemed to be the authority at the Tavern.  So she followed after Red. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 20, 2020, 10:01:03 AM
Sir Tikk heard all the commotion, Peter and Reggie and heading out.  Hesitantly he hurried out to the porch and found a spot out of foot's way to watch and listen.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 20, 2020, 04:33:36 PM
Angua was shaken loose and hit the cobblestones with a yelp before rolling to her feet.  Instead of trying to tackle Rikerg again, she ran over to the scattered heap of armor and equipment that she had shed in the process of her transformation.  Pieces of metal clattered and spun as she knocked them aside and unearthed a handbell.  Picking it up in her mouth, she shook it hard.

To the other Watchmen, the clanging bell was the sound of "OFFICER DOWN!"  All of them within earshot ran to converge on Rikerg, brandishing truncheons, swords and crossbows.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 20, 2020, 06:45:55 PM
When a bell started ringing out sending all the uniformed local running with weapons drawn...  Aisling sighed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 20, 2020, 10:11:24 PM
The demoness reached the edge of the tavern's property when the bell alarm sounded. Red stopped and witnessed the Watch run off towards the crowd with weapons at the ready. She takes a large bite of one of the hamhocks. Chewing thoughtfully, she ponders the situation. Is Rikerg going to be like a dog that stirs up a hornet's nest and then comes running back home with said hornets in tow? Or a bull in a China shop that doesn't know when to stop? And most importantly, if she involves herself, will it affect the tavern's chance of coming through this slide intact? Should she disavow Rikerg? Will that make any difference?

Red sighs. She's too old for this crap. Perhaps she'll help Longboat do repairs and this debacle will sort itself out. "Yea, and pigs will fly," she mutters to herself, still hesitating.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 20, 2020, 11:03:36 PM
Rikerg didn't go after her, thinking she had given up on trying to get his meal away from him. When the bell rang, he didn't learn its significance until his path was blocked by a different kind of crowd.

"Leave me be." He growled before forcing his way through them, the truncheons did nothing but break, while the swords would only cut if they were wielded by a particularly strong creature, and several arrows pierced him shallowly. If he'd realized they were upset about the human he was taking, he might have tried to use him as a shield, but instead he was holding him up high to keep him from getting damaged.

"I do not want to have to hurt you." he told the Watchmen as he bled from their attacks. He did not care about the human ones, but if he got into a fight with them he wouldn't be able to take time to tell them apart before attacking.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 21, 2020, 03:10:14 AM
"Oh, look, he's coming back--or trying to," Aisling said to the bar-keep. 

Would Red help the local guardsmen to block the tusked-one?  Or maybe just wave the ham and let him decide to push through? 

Aisling wouldn't even use fae coin to place a bet on any eventuality.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 21, 2020, 06:41:32 AM
Peter and Reggie came up to Red and the others, watching the melee with concern. The poor man that Rikerg had hold of was yelling and jerking as he was held aloft, and Peter ached with sympathy for him. He wished that he had a power or ability that could pluck the fellow from Rikerg's clawed hand.

"Can we help that guy?" he asked Red. And, "Rikerg's not going to be staying with the Tavern, is he?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 21, 2020, 10:19:16 AM
Sir Tikk darted from place to place on the porch as the sounds got weirder and weirder.  Reluctant to leave the porch, I mean he was bigger than Reggie but still ...he was a chicken through and through.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 21, 2020, 12:36:00 PM
The human and dwarf Watchmen did not attack immediately, but barked orders at Rikerg to stop and put the man he was carrying down.  The ones he pushed through tried to hit him, but the rest were either too smart or too cowardly to go at him hand-to-hand.

Then a couple of trolls showed up -- Detritus and Bluejohn -- and blocked his path.  Rikerg towered over them, but they were massive and immovable as boulders.

"Now you put dat guy down and are comin' wit us," Detritus growled.  "You get off easy if he don't get hurt."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 21, 2020, 09:27:27 PM
"I was going to offer to try and convince the tusked-on to calm down... but I think that's not going to be enough to help,"  Aisling said to Red.  "Have you decided whether to leave him to solve his own problems or not?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 21, 2020, 10:31:21 PM
Rikerg wasn't expecting any help from the people of the Tavern, so he didn't look or call for help from them. When the two stopped him, he finally realized this was all over the human he had taken. He didn't know how or why these people were so concerned about one human, especially not a rude one like this. His claws were hard enough to rend stone, but he still didn't want to attack the trolls.

"I am not going with you." He said, lowering the man and readjusting his grip on him had the claw on his thumb pressed hard against his neck. This made the human stop struggling, as a wrong move could lead to him getting pierced.

"Get out of my way or I will tear his throat out."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 22, 2020, 12:50:44 PM
As Longboat didn't seem to want to move, Leonie stopped waiting for him and ran after Aisling and Red.  The Tavern dwellers, Peter included, now made a small cluster on the front lawn.  The crowd was getting thick, but Rikerg was so tall it was easy to see what was going on.

 "Hoo, boy," Leonie commented, and rolled up her sleeves.  At least the rain had stopped, but she still didn't have any grasp on the Circumstances of this place.  She couldn't even tell which direction was east.  A spell could easily backfire, but on the other hand, not doing anything would probably be worse.

Before she could do anything, the monster had a sharp point at the guy's throat and it was clear any sudden move would kill him.  "Shit!"  But it gave her time to do the proper calculations for delicate removal, should the opportunity arise, so she got the spell ready to fire at a moment's notice.  "If somebody could distract Rikerg enough, I can probably get that guy out of there."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 22, 2020, 01:45:42 PM
Red kept taking bites of the ham intended for Rikerg. Frowning as she chewed, she didn't reply to Peter or Ashling. And here I thought I had gotten away from all the human-snatching demons when I left Hell.

When Leonie arrived Red nodded at her offer. "That, I can do." She handed the partially eaten hamhocks to Peter, took out her whip, and proceeded to stride purposefully towards the center of the crowd. Her size misrepresented her strength, and she shoulders through the gathering like a football player twice her size.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 22, 2020, 02:10:51 PM
Peter dropped a fair-sized rock and took the hamhocks without complaint, despite the fact that his gloves and sleeves were now smeared with ham salt and other stuff. Up until that point, Peter had been planning to get Rikerg to drop the man by giving him another human to chase, but was relieved to see that Red was on the job.

Reggie stood on his hind legs, stretching up to try to reach the ham. **Give me some of that, Peter -- please!** he whined, totally forgetting his former discomfort.

"Not a chance," Peter responded, eyes still on Rikerg and Red. "It's heavily salted."

**Yeah, I know** Reggie pouted, beginning to jump up and down. **Want it anyway**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 22, 2020, 11:01:44 PM
Detritus would not have been able to figure out on his own what do, but luckily his copper training covered this contingency.

"Dat is not happening," he said.  "On account of we-don't-negos-shee-eight wit... terriers, an' dat."

"Terrorists," said one of the frightened dwarf Watchmen from underneath a helmet he seemed to be trying to crawl inside.

"An' dat," Detritus agreed.  He leveled his seige-weapon crossbow at Rikerg.  "Dis your last warning.  Put him down."

The man in Rikerg's grip whimpered and tried to faint.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 22, 2020, 11:48:51 PM
"Rikerg!  Over here!  Food!!!"  Aisling yelled surprisingly loudly for someone of her size.

"Wave that ham," she told the pretty human male.  "Keep trying to get his attention."

Then she flicked on her don't-look glamour and ran.  It looked like she was going to be knocking heads and causing a distraction again.  Maybe she'd start at the edges, so that the troop of guards would look away from the tusked-one.   And she'd try and trip and knock over the guardsmen, instead of harming them more grievously,  since they weren't actually violently attacking the Tavern.  Sure, they were after Rikerg, but that one was always just asking for trouble...  Not that she had any great sympathy for these strange locals, but Aisling wasn't blood-thirsty, just very, very good at killing people.  And that was not her fault, either.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 23, 2020, 03:22:32 PM
Red's weapon was no ordinary whip, but rather a Torturous Whip from the beaches of Hell. It had numerous abilities. It could be smooth or thorn-encrusted, deliver jellyfish-like stings or electric shocks, burning hot or freezing cold, thin to a narrow wire or thicken to several inches, and like a snake, it could constrict as well as slither.

The demoness reached the clearing around the horned giant. "RIKERG!" she spoke in sharp schoolmarm, cracking her whip for emphasis. "If you wish to continue traveling with the tavern, you will let go of that man NOW."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 23, 2020, 04:04:30 PM
Peter startled when Aisling spoke -- he hadn't noticed her there due to her shadow abilities -- then nodded. Tucking one of the hamhocks under one arm, he moved quickly to the very edge of the Tavern's footprint and raised the other ham above his head and waved it. "Come on, Rikerg!" he shouted. "Do as Red says and come get the yummy ham!!"

Reggie continued jumping for the meat, his jaws snapping just short of the hock beneath Peter's arm.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 23, 2020, 05:31:52 PM
"Why not?" Rikerg didn't get why they would go through all of the trouble of attacking him to defend this human, only to allow him to be killed instead of moving to the side. His attention was grabbed by Aisling when she mentioned food, his head snapping to look at her, he had to squint to try and see what she was talking about, his nostrils flaring as he tried to figure out what food she was talking about. Initially, he would assume it was Peter himself, but he seemed to be waving something.

"How long has that been dead for?" he asked, making a face at the offering, thinking a trade of very dead meat for fresh meat wasn't fair at all. His focus on the Tavern made it so he didn't notice Red until she shouted at him. He started, gripping the human with both hands now and holding him above his head again, staring wide eyed at Red.

"I'm hungry." he complained, "And I have already promised them I would tear out his throat." He was unintentionally squeezing the human hard enough to make it difficult for him to breed, clutching him like he was a piece of contraband he'd been caught with by Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 23, 2020, 06:20:39 PM
"I get dat," Detritus said when Rikerg complained of hunger.  "Dose fleshy guys, dey delicious --" 

"How do you know?" one of the human Watchmen said nervously.

"--but we live in civ-uh-luh-zay-shun now," Detritus went on.  "We not any more be stupid trolls dat eat people."  He held his fire while Red was trying to talk Rikerg down, but the huge bolt was steady on Rikerg's chest.

Angua, meanwhile, came out of the alley where she had been changing back into a human and putting on a lightweight dress that she carried for just such emergencies.  She maneuvered to a place where she would be able to catch Rikerg's victim if he dropped the man from his full height.  But then she frowned and scanned the crowd.  People were falling over, disturbances were arising, and she could smell something strange.  Hoping that Detritus could handle Rkerg, she went hunting for it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 23, 2020, 07:11:18 PM
Longboat, trotted over to the conflagration, and arranged himself by the biggest group of city guards, and began to suggest to them that Reikerg would be best dealt with by getting him a live animal and letting him eat it on the Tavern grounds. THEN he will be much easier to deal with.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 23, 2020, 08:55:31 PM
Magic worked differently on different worlds, with different beings...  Aisling could usually judge by how easily she could Dreamwalk.  That had seemed to work as usual.  And her don't-look glamour seemed to be fine, too...  That is until she noticed one who was sniffing around and heading in her direction.

Her distraction tactics weren't all that effective anyway.  Most of the guardsmen seemed content to just look on in an interested or maybe slightly hesitant way.   And of course, the tusked-one wasn't taking advantage--just continuing to be the problem.

Aisling headed away from the crowd towards the Tavern.  The one local creature seemed to be able to scent her.  She found a bit of shadow--a small sliver by a drainpipe and a doorway--and slid into it.  No longer entirely in this world, she should be safe enough--her scent would lead to her position, but it would be as if she was no longer there.  If not, she could always try to get further away or attack.  She didn't want to cause more problems for the Tavern, so she hoped the nosey one would be distracted by Rikerg, who was continuing to act in a very threatening way. 

Like the pirates, these people seemed to not have much of a sense of self-preservation. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 23, 2020, 10:27:48 PM
"Food?! You wanted him for food?" Red laughed. "Ah, and here I thought it was yet another human who had pissed you off. Look, we have some salted dead flesh over at the tavern. If you want something live I'm sure there is a marketplace here with livestock. But humans, I'm afraid, and any other speaking creature, is off the dinner table, got it?" The demoness shook her head at the irony. There certainly was a time in which she had done such things she is now forbidding Rikerg, but that was long ago, and there was a reason she left all of that behind.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 23, 2020, 10:33:22 PM
Peter continued to wave the hamhock, hoping the scent would reach Rikerg. "Come on, you... monster, you," he muttered anxiously. "Come on. Come and get it..."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 24, 2020, 08:58:37 AM
Sir Tikk continued to watch from the safety of the porch.  He shook his head wondering at the fact that Rikerg had SEEMED smart enough to figure out what he was doing was idiocy not that long ago but now....
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 24, 2020, 11:08:30 AM
"These people do not act very civilized." Rikerg growled. "Yet they expect us to treat them civilly.

"He did piss me off." But that had just given him a reason to eat the human. Reluctantly, he lowered the human and stared at him, considering his next course of action. He was too hungry to go out hunting again, but if he started to eat this human, then he'd be attacked. Even if he managed not to be interrupted, he'd be injured too much for the meal to matter. If they'd been all humans, he wouldn't have cared, but the giant crossbow alone could do quite a bit of damage.

He gave the poor human one last squeeze before offering him up to the trolls. He wasn't going to agree entirely to Red's terms, even if he had yet to even find a proper dinner table to put anything on. He looked at Peter who was still waving the ham, his nose twitching a bit.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 24, 2020, 07:03:19 PM
Those Watchmen who heard Longboat's suggestion were inclined to agree with him, but none of them volunteered to go get a live animal for Rikerg.  "Who's going to pay for it?" was the most common response.

Commander Vines arrived a bit late on the scene, but early enough to catch Rikerg's comments.

"It's a work in progress," he said of Ankh-Morpork civilization.  "What's happening here?"

"De big guy, he assaulted de citizen," Detritus said.  Bluejohn had taken the limp, moaning human from Rikerg.  "So we is arresting him."

"Get the citizen to Lady Sybil's," Vimes ordered a couple of human Watchmen.  "Looks like he might have a cracked rib."  Of Rikerg, he said, "We don't have a cell big enough to hold him."  He directed a stern look at Red.  "Can you keep him on your property and make sure he doesn't attack anyone else?"

Meanwhile, Angua tracked Aisling as far as the doorway and was mystified.  The scent was there.  The female she was following was definitely right there in the doorway -- Angua's nose was so good that she could detect Aisling's height, weight, exact position, last meal, and general outline.  But there wasn't anything there to see or to touch.  "I know you're there," she growled.  "What are you up to?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 24, 2020, 07:57:40 PM
Aisling just stood there.  She knew she was safe, and she was armed.  That was some ability to detect someone who wasn't actually in this dimension, but as Aisling could somehow remain a bit in both places, she supposed others could sense in both.

Speaking would do nothing to help things, anyway.

She could actually slide up the dark drainpipe...  it was a weird ability, shadow-dancing.  She wasn't sure herself how it worked.  Magic was like that, at least for magical creatures like herself.  It was the Queen's older Shadows who had been (brutally) in charge of training her when she was a child.  She'd learned to go into the tiniest shadows to escape their punishments as quickly as she could.

Besides, once up, she'd have to come down, and was feeling not in the mood for all that climbing around, second-nature or not.

She could stay there all day as long as the Tavern wasn't going to slide...  If night fell, she'd so easily be able to more around more.  But even now, there were tiny shadows to escape into...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 24, 2020, 09:30:06 PM
"I can do my best," replied Red to the commander, "and if I can acquire a live animal or two that people won't freak out over it being eaten, it will go a long way to insure the horned giant doesn't attack anyone out of hand." She looked at Vimes with a combination of exasperation and thanks.

"What sort of currency exchange does this place have? Semiprecious metal coins, perhaps?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 25, 2020, 01:45:54 AM
Longboat made his way to Reikerg.

"Reikerg! We should get your clothes repaired. It will help your interactions in these city locations. Let's go."

Longboat slowly drew his hand between his face and Reikerg's, turned and stepped toward the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 25, 2020, 02:17:37 AM
Peter stopped waving the ham, and shifted both hocks to lay across his arms, cradling them. Waving a heavy hock of ham can get pretty tiring before long. He didn't move, though. He had no idea what the elf guy was trying to do, but he wanted to have the meat available if Rikerg decided he wanted them. Reggie lay down in the grass, head on his paws, on duty.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 25, 2020, 11:40:21 AM
Rikerg still hadn't planned to go anywhere with them, especially since he had given up the human relatively unharmed. It also appeared that the humans that had heckled him weren't being taken in, so there was no reason for him to be arrested when they weren't.

"You can do that for me?" Rikerg asked, surprised and delighted by the idea. He moved to follow Longboat, but veered toward Peter and the ham when he got closer.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 25, 2020, 01:32:24 PM
Peter might have been discouraged to know that the grey bearded Elf was not particularly more sure what he was doing than Peter was. Longboat would have reflexively said again that he was just being dramatic in a way that he thought would get Reikerg's attention. Yet at one point in his life, he would have commanded everyone who could hear with one sentence. But he had given that up millennia before even leaving Middle Earth for the secrets of sailing the River Styx. However, as he learned with the first barn repair, old habits die hard.

At any rate, Longboat was touched by Riekerg's savage honesty, and was relieved that he had followed back onto Tavern grounds. He veered with the giant toward Peter so he could be reassured about the clothes when he finished eating. With any luck, there would be no polyester, nylon or elastic in the clothes. He had noted that Aisling seemed unenthusiastic about Iron, and thought about how he was more thrown off by petroleum products.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 25, 2020, 01:54:19 PM
Peter continued to hold still as Rikerg started toward him, with the elf at his side. "Steady," he said softly to Reggie, holding out the first hamhock.

**Steady yourself** Reggie snapped back, not liking this one bit. **Rikerg likes dogs, remember? You, not so much.**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 25, 2020, 04:47:58 PM
Leonie relaxed as Rikerg handed the Morporkian over to the troll cops.  Metaphorically, she holstered her spell.  But as soon as Rikerg headed their way (she was standing near Peter and the ham hocks he was waving around like orange batons on the tarmac) she tensed up again and began recalculating for someone of Rikerg's weight -- even though she had a lot of faith in Longboat's ability to handle the situation. 

Some people had so much charisma, it just wasn't fair.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 25, 2020, 04:51:10 PM
Aisling could see around the creature trying to confront her. 

Rikerg was moving towards the hamhocks...  Or maybe he was moving toward the human holding the ham?  With the tusked-one, it could go either way, or both.

Between her Dream-walking and watching the inhabitants of the Tavern, Aisling seemed to have an endless source of entertainment.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 25, 2020, 05:08:48 PM
"Oh, yeah."  Commander Vimes took a half-dollar coin out of his pocket to show Red.  It showed the Patrician's profile on one side, and the Goddess Morporkia on the other.  It had been coated with gold at one time, but most had rubbed off, leaving something like pewter behind.  "One of these should get you a live stew-pot chicken.  Bigger animals scaled up accordingly.

"And if you've got actual gold, enough of it will buy you the whole city and another one to take home in your pocket," he added sourly.  "Take the Pons Bridge --"  he pointed, "then turn left on Treacle Mine Road, then right on Elm Street, that'll get you to the cattle market and Pigsty Hill, almost by the wall."  Then he moved of to talk to his men.  "I want two trolls watching this place at all times..."

Angua, meanwhile, was forced to give up on Aisling.  She was barefoot in a thin dress, it was a cold morning, and she had left her armor behind for thieves to scrounge, she couldn't hang around all day.  She took one more whiff of the dark Fae's scent so that she'd definitely know her if they ever met in the flesh, and moved along.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 25, 2020, 06:20:13 PM
"Thank you," Red replied to Commander Vimes. "You have been tremendously helpful." She turned and followed after Longboat and Rikerg, her whip coiling up automagically to her hip.

As she reached the tavern grounds she told Rikerg, "Thank you for restraining yourself. Peter here has a couple of hamhocks for you. I hope that can tide you over until we can get you some live food."

She headed towards the tavern. "Anyone who wants to go on a shopping trip, meet me back out here in five," she called out over her shoulder.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 25, 2020, 07:49:32 PM
His clothes were totally non-synthetic, as he was from a time before such things existed. When he made it to Peter, he was much less awed and thankful for the offering. He took the first one between two claws and sniffed it. Perhaps if he was truly starving, he would have at least given it a try. Instead, he put the large chunk of meat down in front of Reggie for the dog.

Then, he sat down on the ground, the excitement having faded after his third unsuccessful hunt left him exhausted. It left him grumpy as well, so at Red's thankful words he merely grunted irately.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 25, 2020, 09:14:31 PM
When the creature wearing nothing but a flimsy dress left off sniffing after her, Aisling ran towards the Tavern. 

If Red was heading back, she would, too.  It didn't look as if the Tavern was ready to slide, but she'd prefer to not miss it if it suddenly did.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 25, 2020, 09:19:22 PM
Reggie yipped with delight as the ham was set down in front of him, lunging for it, but Peter dropped the other ham and caught the little dog on the fly, picking him up and hugging him to his chest. Reggie struggled a little, then gave up. **You're seriously no fun, Pete**

"Too much salt for Puppy," Peter chided, stepping back from Rikerg and following Red. Seeing Leonie as he stepped past, he said, "If Rikerg isn't eating them, could you carry those hams back to the Tavern, please? I was going to, but Reggie -- you know -- dog."

**You're supposed to love me** Reggie whined.

"I do," Peter answered. "That's why you'll be getting your normal dinner. Much safer for you."

**Well, I want that too** Reggie said, sounding relieved.

Peter needed to get up to his room and change if he wanted to go with Red. His clothes were wet and smeared with ham residue, and he felt frankly disgusting.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 25, 2020, 10:38:21 PM
Salty ham sounded terrible, Aisling thought as she sped past the pretty human and his pup.

She still had her no-look glamour on since she didn't want to cause any more problems with the locals.

A nice sit-down with her unfinished ale in the Tavern sounded like a plan. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 26, 2020, 01:00:22 AM
Longboat pulled a cloth tape measure out of his pocket and started measuring Reikerg as he sat. "We can get started on your clothes while Red gets you some fresher food. Let me get all the measurements, and you will be spruced up and well fed in no time." Longboat seemed to take on the persona of a French Tailor as he began fussing over Reikerg and slowly reforming the torn and stained cloth while still on his body. And of course, being on the site of a former Opera house, began singing The Jewel Song from Faust, paying close attention to Reikerg to make sure his response was positive.

"Ah! je ris de me voir
Si belle en ce miroir,
Ah! je ris de me voir
Si belle en ce miroir,"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 26, 2020, 01:43:56 AM
When Peter prevented the dog from getting to the ham, Rikerg began to growl at him, if he'd been less tired he would have tried to prevent the other from leaving with the animal, but he didn't move from his position. He moved along perfectly with his measurements, like he'd gotten them done before and was used to it.

What he was not expecting was the cloth to magically be repaired, rather than restitched or remade. It took him a moment to even realize it was happening, and he stared in wonder at the magic. Rikerg was still a bit tense, part because of his hunger and that the guards were still surrounding the place. He relaxed completely when Longboat began to sing, almost looking like he might fall asleep.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 26, 2020, 02:54:15 AM
Aisling also passed Longboat.  That fae-ish Elf was doing more of his magic.  What could he NOT do, she wondered, aside from teach and fix metal? 

And he got the tusked one to just stand there for a measuring.  Such wonders!  (Well, maybe that was a bit of sarcasm, but she was allowed, now that she was relatively free.)
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 26, 2020, 09:09:03 AM
Sir Tikk shook his head in wonder as everyone made it back to the tavern grounds in one piece.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 26, 2020, 12:11:59 PM
As Red heads into the tavern and up the stairs, her thoughts turned to those few days of May in when the tavern slid to Constantinopolis. Byzantium had just been dedicated as Constantine's city and the parties were intense. She had so much fun with so many of the city's patrons. Everyone was in such good spirits and few even noticed the incongruous style of the tavern in the metropolitan city. But the best part was fighting the dragon that had come to destroy the city, sent by the priests of Delphi who were upset with Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Not only did Red end up with a nice dragon-scale shield and several drinking horns from its claws, she was rewarded with a chest full of freshly minted solid gold solidus. At 72 to the pound, and about the size of a thumb's nail, the shiny coins were beautifully stamped with a portrait of Constantine on the front and a winged Victory on the back.

The demoness grabs a small handful of solidus from the chest and heads back downstairs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 26, 2020, 12:26:15 PM
Leonie stood there gaping as Rikerg practically melted under Longboat's attentions.  Holy fuck!  Was there anything the guy couldn't do?

Unlike Aisling, her sarcasm found a voice, but it was no more than a pop reference quip in an exaggerated Brooklyn accent.  "I bet monsters lead in-teresting lives," as she brushed by Longboat.

"Are you going out with Red?" she asked Peter.  She didn't follow him into the Tavern, but sat on the porch to pet Sir Tikk and watch all the Morporkians who were gaping at the Tavern where their Opera House used to be.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 26, 2020, 12:36:40 PM
Sir Tikk purred and rubbed against Leonie.  "Got a backpack or something for me to ride in?  I'll go with then!  Otherwise I'll just hang here, I don't do crowds when I'm trying to follow someone plus you can't enjoy the sites from the ground really."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 26, 2020, 12:53:48 PM
"Oops!" Leonie said, jumping up.  She had left the ham Peter had asked to take in.  "Be right back, kitty, and I'll bring the backpack."

She took the ham into the kitchen behind the bar and cleaned it off before hanging it up in the cold storage room and trotting up to her room for the backpack.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 26, 2020, 01:14:57 PM
Tikk's eyes sadly followed the ham until she mentioned the pack and they lit up again.  "Wow, this is going to be fun!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 26, 2020, 01:32:33 PM
Upstairs, Peter ducked into one of the bathrooms and spruced himself up quickly, toweling his damp hair mostly dry. In his room he found a medium brown long sleeved tunic and matching leggings, a long black sleeveless vest that fastened with three buckles across the chest and had an attached hood, and pulled on his knee-high black boots. A fresh pair of black fingerless gloves tucked under black leather arm guards and a belt low on his hips finished the look. Running a brush briefly through his wild curls, he turned to Reggie.

"What do you think?" he asked.

**If I could whistle --** Reggie said, tongue lolling out. **You know the rest**

Peter smiled, petting Reggie then stepping out the door. "Who's a good boy?" he said.

**Me!** Reggie yipped. **That would be me!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 26, 2020, 07:56:12 PM
Aisling was sitting in the booths in the back. 

Still not sensing any danger from Hunters, she sat back a bit and continued to watch the comings and goings or even the empty room without moving or looking to be letting down her guard (even though she sort of was--looking vulnerable at all wasn't done by dark fae, unless it was a trap).
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 27, 2020, 05:05:42 PM
The demoness heads for the basement, knocks and enters the old coal and wood storage room. "Guinevere my love?" she calls out, and approaches the large glass aquarium.

Red rescued Guinevere from a traveling freak show on a world where magic made chimera hybrids possible, though rare. She a beautiful woman with long blond and translucent hair, large marine-green eyes, and full red lips. Part human, part octopus with three tentacles per leg and one for each arm, she was the 'mermaid' of the show.

"Yes, my darling hotness," purred the nude aquatic woman, leaning on the edge of the aquarium, half out of the water.

"Can you tend to the bar for me? I have to go on a shopping trip."

"Sure, can you bring me some of that lovely iced cream you once had?"

"If I can find any, sure will. And thank you my lovely." Red gives her a passionate kiss.

Guinevere climbs out of the tank and pulls a stretchy black strapless slip over her head, pulling it over her breasts and torso. Together they head up the stairs and to the bar, the mermaid using the railing and columns to help pull her weight. At the bar she climbs onto a bar stool behind the counter and situates herself within tentacle reach of all the various bar accouterments.

Red nods at Aisling. "Heading to get food and supplies. Need anything?"

“Oh, and by the way, this is Guinevere. She'll be watching things while I'm gone.”
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 27, 2020, 06:25:52 PM
Peter arrived at the bar level just as Red was introducing Guinevere to Aisling. In the six months that Peter had been staying at the Tavern he had only seen Guinevere once, but of course the octomaid was rather hard to forget. Peter had been numb with grief at the time and couldn't appreciate how truly exotic Guinevere was, but now he was able to give her a genuine smile as he joined Red.

"Lovely to see you again, Gwen," Peter said. "Do you remember me? I'm Peter."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 27, 2020, 07:25:36 PM
Aisling watched with interest as the latest unusual being came from the depths of the Tavern.   Called by Guinevere or Gwen.  Not much easier than saying Tentacled-one, Aisling thought.

"I am not in need of anything," she said to Red.  The Tavern service was very good, considering her experience of other Taverns were that the help was surly and always asked to see payment first.  Aisling was almost feeling... not surly. 

"Thank you for asking," she added.  The Bar-keep wasn't fae, so Thanking shouldn't be an issue.  It was a stupid custom, anyway.  Aisling had hated her life as a dark fae, so she thought perhaps she should try harder to break as many useless ties as possible.

She would offer to attend Red on her trip, but she suspected that the Bar-keep was well able to take care of herself.  Plus, she knew she had been scented by one of the annoying watching guards, and didn't want to give them more cause to dislike the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 28, 2020, 05:23:16 PM
"Holy shit!" said Leonie on coming downstairs and finding an octopus lady tending the bar.  "Are we in Call of C'thulu now?"

Meanwhile, outside the Tavern, a new group of perturbed Morporkians had arrived.

People who work in opera tend to stay up late and sleep in late, but there were a few who liked to get to work on time.  Among them was the owner of the Opera House, Mr. Seldom Bucket.  He was in his late 60s, with a full gray beard, dressed in black velvet, with a skullcap and a nervous habit of pressing his fingertips together.  Just now, he was too stunned even to do that.

"My opera house!  What happened to my opera house?  WHERE IS MY OPERA HOUSE?"

"Oh, dear!" said his companion, Artistic Director Salzella.  He was a well-dressed middle-aged man with an unpleasantly superior expression.  "Oh... my!"

"AND WHAT IS THAT THING?!" Bucket screamed, reaching new heights of hysteria on spotting Rikerg and his tailor.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 28, 2020, 05:44:14 PM
Guinevere smiled demurely at Peter, "Of course, good to see you again Peter and Reggie."

"Okay," replied Red to Aisling, then turned to Leonie as she arrived. "No, we haven't slid. We're still in Anhk-something-or-other."

"Guinevere, love, this is Leonie and over there is Aisling. There's also a couple of new guys outside, Longboat, a tall elf guy and a giant horned dude named Rikerg." She paused, mentally counting the new arrivals. "Oh and the cat there is Tikk."

The demoness picked up a square black device under the counter and stuck it to her leather jacket where is beeped with a happy little beep. "Here's a communicator," she handed its twin to the octopus lady, "use it if you need to contact me."

"All right, whoever is going, let's go." Red headed for the door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 28, 2020, 06:33:34 PM
Longboat rubbed Reikerk's shoulder and said, "Don't worry about Mr Bucket, Reikerg, he is experiencing a great deal of stress because the thing he has worked for his whole life is missing. We are hoping it will return for him when we leave. Don't worry about his words right now , we can deal with all that after we eat." He said all of this using only the magic of kindness and respect. Then he went back to singing. This time, the opening aria from Fidelio, Scene II.

"Gott! welch ein Dunkel hier!
O grauenvolle Stille!
Oed ist es um mich her,
Nichts lebet ausser mir.
O schwere Prüfung! doch gerecht ist Gottes Wille,
Ich murre nicht, das Maass der Leiden steht bei dir."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 28, 2020, 08:24:50 PM
At the introduction to the tentacled-one, Aisling looked over...  and maybe gave a slight nod.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 29, 2020, 05:30:56 AM
Peter smiled at Leonie as she joined the group in the bar, then pulled a leather crossbody satchel from one of the coat racks and put a folding umbrella into it. It had stopped raining outside, but why take chances?

Reggie had stiffened, looking at the door and growling menacingly. **I hear confused voices. Someone is screaming -- pissed...**

"We've got more company," Peter said to Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 29, 2020, 09:35:31 AM
Tikk got whiplash, but everything was so interesting!  Hearing Leonie's voice he darted inside and slid to halt to actually gape at the new barmaid.  Collecting himself, he eyed the others in the bar then scurried over to Leonie and Red.  "Like Reggie said, I mean, someone outside is mad that the opera house is missing."  Tikk slid until he was behind Leonie's leg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 29, 2020, 01:10:15 PM
Leonie waved uncertainly at Guinevere, smiled back at Peter, and scooped Sir Tikk up to his resting place on her shoulders, with the additional support of her backpack.  She followed Red out the door.

Outside, Mr. Bucket and Mr. Salzella had proceeded gingerly onto the Tavern grounds.  Mr. Bucket was still having hysterics.  "THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS I PAID FOR THAT THING!  WHERE IS IT?  WHERE?"  Mr. Salzella was poking the ground and the air with his walking stick, as if hoping the Opera House was merely invisible.  He tugged on Mr. Bucket's arm and said, "Shush a moment, would you?"

They both listened to Longboat's singing.

"Who is that?" Mr. Bucket said.

Salzella shrugged.  "I don't remember him.  One of the chorus, perhaps?"

"Or someone from the costume department."  Under the impression that Longboat was one of his employees, Bucket headed over to him, but stopped several yards away so as not to get too close to Rikerg.  "I say!  You, sir!  What has happened to the House?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 29, 2020, 01:27:21 PM
Sir Tikk snuggled in his spot.  As he saw Bucket yelling at Longboat and Rikerg he whispered in Leonie's ear, "let's get outta here!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 29, 2020, 03:25:54 PM
Red nodded at Peter and headed onto the front porch. She spotted the two perturbed men speaking with Longboat. Coming down the stairs she proceeded to stride over to the pair.

"Hello, and welcome to the Sliding Tavern. I'm Red, the proprietress. How do you do?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on May 29, 2020, 03:55:36 PM
Rikerg had relaxed enough not to pay attention to anything else besides Longboat's singing, so he didn't notice any of the newcomers. At least, not until one of them began screaming. He glowered at the Opera House owner, but didn't actually respond until he directed his attention at him. He began to growl halfheartedly at him, it was less intense because of his weariness rather than the calm that the elf had given him. However, when Longboat told him to just forget about the man and began singing again, he actually did relax again, ignoring the noisy human.

So when he spoke again, much closer this time, Rikerg snarled loudly as his eyes opened wide, baring his teeth at the man. He tried to move a hand between him and Longboat, since he seemed to be addressing the elf, continuing to growl at him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on May 29, 2020, 04:58:50 PM
Tikk continued his whispered commentary.  "That guy might explode, or yell more.  And look at Rikerg, he looks relaxed but if that man makes the wrong move...we're out of the splash damage zone right?"  Tikk popped his head up and peered around nervously before snuggling back down.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on May 29, 2020, 05:05:50 PM
Peter and Reggie followed Red and Leonie out onto the porch, but stayed there as Red approached the newcomers moving toward the elf and Rikerg, keeping an eye on the other Opera House denizens crowding nervously just outside the Tavern's perimeter. "Never a dull moment," he murmured to Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on May 29, 2020, 09:52:41 PM
Aisling heard the yelling outside and stood to get a better view.  That Longboat was very impressive.  His song seemed to calm Rikerg, although the locals moving over to them shouting was not helping.  Some beings seemed to have no sense whatsoever.  Rikerg towered over the local men, and if they were humans, it's likely Rikerg wasn't going to be happy about having them near.  And the tusked one was hungry.  No wonder so many humans lived short, brutish lives.

Rikerg, of course, was a totally uncontrolled beastie--but at least he had the constitution to survive the scraps he got into.

Aisling looked over at the tentacled one.  "Does this Tavern often have guests like that big tusked one?  Or problems with the locals when it displaces buildings?"

Aisling shouldn't care, but she was trying to not be so unthinkingly dark fae.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on May 30, 2020, 11:32:33 AM
"A minor magical anomaly," Longboat replied to Mr Bucket. "It should resolve itself soon. It might be safer for you to wait outside of the grounds. You would not want to get bumped into a different dimension should the Opera house return."

Longboat gently started measuring the wrist that Reikurg had moved between himself and Mr Bucket, decided it was time to bring out the big guns, and started singing Shubert's Ava Maria.

"AVE MARIA!
Reine des cieux!
Vers toi s'élève ma prière
Je dois retrouver grâce à tes yeux."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on May 30, 2020, 03:01:15 PM
Mr. Bucket flinched and retreated from Rikerg's growl, then was distracted by Red's arrival.  "Tavern?  TAVERN, you say?  Madame!  You are occupying my property!  Un-uninvited!  We have a show to put on this very evening!  We have rehearsals this morning!  We have already sold out of tickets!  A thousand seats booked!"

Mr. Salzella, however, was still paying attention to Longboat.  "An...an interdimensional swap of such magnitude and you call it a minor anomaly?"  Longboat singing Ave Maria in French made him suspicious.  "You are from Genua, I perceive."  And the elf was too good be be a minor chorus member.  "Is this some sort of prank?  Is it blackmail?  You want to set up a rival Opera House?  We have wizards of our own here, you know!" 

Despite his suspicions, the song stirred his operatic soul.  "What is that from?"

"It's the last song in Fantasia," Leonie called from the porch. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on May 30, 2020, 04:36:23 PM
Red looked at Longboat and Rikerg, happy that the elf had managed to calm the beast, then turned her attention to the two gentlemen.

"I know, I know," she nodded. "Major inconvenience, certainly." The demoness presented her most sympathetic face to Mr. Bucket.

"So," the demoness injected a bit loudly. "Sometimes life hands you something unexpected and the measure of a person is really how they deal with it, don't you think?" She continued before either of them could reply, "And, to help you in that regard, here is ...," her voice dropped to a whisper as she leaned to Mr. Buckets's ear, "... a solid gold coin for your troubles." Red placed one of the Roman coins into his palm. The succubus released a torrent of pheromones at that moment to help seal the deal.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 01, 2020, 04:00:36 PM
"Muh -- major inconvenience!?"  Mr. Bucket sputtered.  His hand closed on the coin instinctively because it was not in his nature to reject money, but he continued his protest, "how could you possibly suppose a single coin would be enough," etc., etc., until he was hit with the blast of the succubus' pheromones and trailed off, gaping at her. 

Her beauty maddened him like wine, but he was dealing with a major case of outrage, and instead of succumbing to her wiles, he staggered under an attack of cognitive dissonance, clutching his head and trying to find clear air to breathe.  "Oh, dear...oh, my... water, please.  Cold water?  Very, very cold?"

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on June 01, 2020, 04:29:19 PM
Rikerg stopped growling when the other began to sing again, mostly because the starting exclamation surprised him. But he was able to ignore Mr. Bucket's outrage to instead listen to the rest of the song. He offered his other wrist when he was done doing the first one.

He was ignoring Mr. Salzella as well, that is, until the Director threatened Longboat. The threat was meant as one of a competition between two artistic venues, but Rikerg understood it as a bodily threat.

"If you summon any mages or threaten him again with them, I will save Red a trip to the market by making you my meal."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 01, 2020, 04:30:30 PM
Peter, on the porch, was too far away to hear what was going on with Red and the apoplectic old man, but Reggie could hear them clearly. **The old opera guy is asking for some cold water**

Peter looked down at the dog for a moment, then nodded. "Anything to get this show on the road," he said, heading back into the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 01, 2020, 09:29:54 PM
"But of course," purred Red as she slipped two more coins into Mr. Bucket's hand. "Here, sit a spell on this lovely grass. I'll find some cold water for you." The demoness turned to Leonie. "There's water bottles behind the bar, could you go grab a couple? Or conjure them here, or whatever best works for you?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 01, 2020, 09:37:50 PM
Guinevere blinked at Aisling a few times before realizing that the dark fey had spoken to her. "Um, I really don't know."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 02, 2020, 07:02:33 PM
Aisling heard the tentacled one as she continued to watch through the windows.

Odd how people coming from below stairs seemed to know so little about the Tavern and each other.  But the one called Red seemed to know of them... and cared what happened to them, in the tusked one's case.  Perhaps there was no reason behind how the Tavern and its inhabitants worked? 

Aisling gave another of her mental shrugs (a small one, as always).  She knew very little about beings other than fae.  Maybe she would once she had more experience, Dream Walking or physically?  Or maybe not.  (Shrug.)  So much was just ineffable. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 03, 2020, 01:17:39 PM
Leonie threw Red a mock salute and ran back to the Tavern, only to find Pete coming back out with a water bottle.

As the elf was not answering (too rapt in his singing perhaps) and the hideous monster was threatening him, Mr. Salzella frowned and moved off, going to the assistance of Mr. Bucket instead.  "There, there, sir.  We will not take this lying down!  We will engage the Guild of Lawyers this very morning and... what's this?"  Mr. Bucket wordlessly showed him the three gold coins Red had given him and Salzella became quite distracted by them.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 03, 2020, 04:05:16 PM
Peter was surprised to have Leonie meet him at the door as he was coming out, but he handed her the bottle of water. "Enough drama for you?" he chuckled.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 03, 2020, 04:08:38 PM
Tikk held on as Leonie headed for the inn door, then peeked around at Peter as they met up.  "Quite, really!" He responded to Peter's question.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 04, 2020, 12:49:31 PM
Red stifles a guffaw at the mention of a Guild of Lawyers. "I thought a group of Lawyers were called a Greed," she mutters as she steps away from the two gentlemen.

"We'll be back as soon as possible," she calls out to Longboat and Rikerg as she heads off in the direction of the market and assumes whoever else is tagging along will do so as well.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 04, 2020, 01:34:28 PM
Tikk pats Leonie's cheeks.  "Quickly, she's leaving without us!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 04, 2020, 04:35:27 PM
Leonie smiled at Peter, delivered the water bottle to Mr. Bucket, showed him how to open it, and headed after Red.  "We're going, fusspot, we're going."

The day was gray and chilly, but no longer raining.  Leonie was glad she was wearing good boots, as the cobblestones were of varying types and states of repair, and all were slippery when wet or, as was often the case, muddy.  The streets were getting more crowded with people-- humans and dwarves and a smaller number of trolls. 

The humans were of cosmopolitan variety in race, culture and even (as far as Leonie could tell) time period.  Some of them dressed like medieval peasants and some like Victorian gentlemen and there were all sorts in between, Venetian robes and even the silly poofy breeches and knee-length stockings that had been popular when Louis XIV was king.  It was a whole millenium's worth of fashion, and made her feel like it was all historical cosplay rather than a real city's culture. The good thing about all that variety, she noticed, was that she and Red and Peter were barely drawing any attention for their weird clothes. 

The architecture of the city was similarly confusing.  About fifty percent of it looked like Tudor-era construction with steeply-pitched roofs, prominent cross-gables, and the second and third story jutting out over the ground floor so that very little sky was visible -- but the rest was a jumble of different countries and time periods.  Here an Italian palazzo rubbed elbows with a Queen Anne mansion -- it was bewildering.

"I don't think we're in Kansas," she remarked to Peter, "but that's about the only place it couldn't be."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 04, 2020, 05:14:42 PM
"I heard that," Peter nodded. "It's like a flea market and a Shakespearean Touring Company's wardrobe had a knock down-drag out battle..." He shook his head. "On the other hand, I rather like it." He sighed exaggeratedly. "I feel so ashamed."

Reggie trotted along at Peter's heels, stopping occasionally to sniff the sniffs and hike a leg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on June 05, 2020, 01:15:41 AM
Longboat was pleased that Mr Bucket had moved off a little, and he did not have to deal with his agitated questions. It was not unreasonable that he was upset, given his loss, and the complete lack of answers about what was going on. But so far, all of Reikerg's issues had been about understanding, rather than attitude, and that was a welcome relief. Also Longboat did not feel comfortable reassuring Mr Bucket too much since it was apparently  unknown if the Opera House would in fact be back.

Taking a different tack, Longboat decided that the repetitive cadence of the minimalist opera "Nixon in China" by John Adams might make the time go more easily for Reikerg until he got a proper meal. And how often do you get to sing opera as Zhou Enlai.

"No, not I but as a traveler come home
for good to China, one for whom
all travel is a penance now.
I am most proud to welcome you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 05, 2020, 09:11:27 AM
Sirr Tikk did his best to not annoy Leonie as he twisted, leaned and gaped at the surroundings and kept his did you see that and lookatthat to a minimum. "I mean I watched tv with mistress but this...I mean...wow."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 05, 2020, 11:55:21 AM
As proprietress of the Sliding Tavern, Red wanted to minimize the time spent away and she strode down the avenue with that purpose in mind. And while the buildings were interesting in an eclectic sense, the demoness's attention was on the people in the street. Like a cyborg scanning for threats, she noted each citizen as they came upon them. She measured their threat level, from temperature (for demons can see into the infra-red), strength, and size to their attention, gender, and current activity. Lastly, and most importantly, she watched people's reaction to the five of them moving through the crowd.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 05, 2020, 11:52:04 PM
After Red and those following her took off towards the market, Aisling took a seat. 

Not much was going on with Longboat and Rikerg, but that could change at any moment. 

She took a small sip of ale.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 08, 2020, 01:13:50 PM
After the proprietress left the Tavern, and while the Sindar Lord continued to operatically soothe the savage beast, Mr. Bucket and Mr. Salzella pulled themselves together and went to talk to several people.  They began with the denizens of the Opera House who were gathered in Pseudopolis Square wondering what to do.  They moved on to the Watch, where Commander Vimes explained to them in very certain terms what he could and mostly could not do about the situation.  Then they headed across the Brass Bridge intending to complain to the Patrician of the city.

In the process of all this talking, there was a certain amount of showing as well -- specifically of the three solid gold coins clutched in Mr. Bucket's damp hand.

And the word spread.  In Ankh-Morpork, the word spreads fast, especially the word about gold.

Red, Leonie, Peter, Reggie and Tikk had only just turned left onto Treacle Mine Road when they were menaced by four lean and tough-looking human figures wearing leather jerkins with hoods up.  One had a pair of knives, two had aimed crossbows, and the fourth was carrying a rolled up bundle and a wooden box.

"Excuse me," said this fourth figure.  "Thieves' Guild.  This is an official robbery."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 08, 2020, 01:40:44 PM
Reggie gave a couple of sharp barks, then settled into a low constant growling, the hair on his shoulders and down his spine to his stiffly erect tail raised. Peter looked confused. "Really? An official robbery? Is that actually a thing?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 08, 2020, 01:48:40 PM
"Ah, you must be new to our fair city," said the Guild spokesman, while the other three grinned and menaced a little closer.  "In that case, since this is your first robbery, I can offer you the specialties.  For a first robbery of $25 or more, your choice of this lovely set of lead-crystal goblets, or this useful set of  barbecue forks."  He hefted the box and the bundle in turn.  "be the envy of all your friends."

"Are you fucking kidding?" Leonie said as she flexed her fingers and tried to remember the Magic Missile spell. 

"Of course not.  We of the Guild appreciate you have a choice in who to be robbed by, so we try to make it worth your while."

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 08, 2020, 03:42:48 PM
Red saw the four gentlemen stepping up to block their path and smiled politely as they politely explained their occupation and demand.

"I see. And if we respond with lethal force, do we receive any reward from the policing community?" The demoness began to warm up her left hand, the hand bereft of the gold coins.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 08, 2020, 04:41:35 PM
Sir Tikk popped his head up behind Leonie's.  "What....?  You ROB us then...give us something?  Did I hear that right?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 08, 2020, 08:52:36 PM
Peter watched the thieves with interest to see how they responded to Red's calm threat.

Reggie stopped growling and sat, alert. **How about we rob them instead?** he mused. **I could use a set of barbecue forks**

"You and what thumbs?" Peter whispered back.

**Ouch** Reggie chuckled. **Elitist**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on June 08, 2020, 10:30:34 PM
Rikerg laid down fully, as even remaining sitting upright seemed like a waste of energy, and the other's singer was helping him to relax further. He stretched a bit before tucking his clawed hands underneath his chest, leaning his chin on his arm as he gazed at Longboat.

"Your singing is as beautiful as you are." he complimented, "Can you sing forever?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 09, 2020, 12:55:29 PM
"No, you don't.  You're not getting this," the unarmed thief told Red.  "We're legal, we are.  Now turn out your pockets and pick your prize."

In support of his statement, not one of the many people strolling along Treacle Mine Road seemed perturbed or even interested in the confrontation, except the way they might be in minor traffic accidents.

The other thieves noticed Red and Leonie flexing their hands and went hur hur hur.  "Think they're wizards, these two." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 09, 2020, 01:46:36 PM
Red considers her options.
Option C it is. The demoness springs at one of the crossbow-wielding thugs and attempts to grab the weapon with her ignited left hand while simultaneously moving in the way of any shot aimed for Leonie or Peter from the second crossbow foe.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 09, 2020, 02:32:40 PM
Tikk eeps, ducks his head behind Leonie's and hangs on.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 09, 2020, 03:51:18 PM
Peter barely caught the flexing of Red's muscles before she was fluidly in motion. Stepping out of the line of fire from the crossbows, Peter faced the man with two knives. He took a graceful stance, loose-limbed, arms bent at the elbows, and gave the man a welcoming smile. With his fingers he beckoned him, inviting the thief to come closer.

"Let's dance, shall we?" he said peacefully.

Reggie charged forward, sinking his teeth into the ankle of the thief with the box. **Finally!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 09, 2020, 06:32:05 PM
Thug One (crossbow) instinctively pulled the trigger when Red jumped at him, shooting at her almost point-blank, before she grabbed the bow and wrenched it out of his hands.

Thug Two (knives) showed he had a sense of humor by doing a couple steps of the foxtrot before lunging at Peter.  He seemed to have some skill with the blades, and was trying to cripple Peter rather than kill him.

Thug Three (crossbow) skipped around Red trying to get a clear shot at Leonie or Peter.

Thug Four (gift sets) yelped as Reggie sank his teeth into his ankle.  It was hard to aim a kick at the little dog, so he hefted the box of crystal goblets over Reggie and dropped it.

Leonie couldn't get Magic Missile straight in her head, but she had recently reviewed the telekinetic spell for use on Rikerg, so she tried that instead, targeting Thug Three.  She knew that, since she was still not acquainted with the Circumstances in Ankh-Morpork, that it could backfire, or do nothing at all.  However, she was not prepared for what actually did happen.  A flare ignited around her fingers, some weird color that she had never seen before in her life, and Thug Three shot up into the sky like a rocket.

"Holy shit!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 10, 2020, 08:37:49 AM
"WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAH!"  Tikk yelled (unfortunately probably close to Leonie's ear) as thug three shot off.  Tikk had stood up and placed his paws on Leonie's head (or shoulders if she shrugs him off) to watch the thug fly off.  "That was cool," he ended on a whisper.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 10, 2020, 11:54:28 AM
Red had expected the guy would fire and brought up her right hand to pinch-catch the bolt with her index finger and thumb while continuing to hold the remaining gold coins in the fist of her three fingers. The demoness dropped the now burning crossbow and executed a roundhouse kick to bring him to the ground.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 10, 2020, 01:33:06 PM
Reggie, whose eyes were fixed upward at the thief as he tugged at the flesh and bone of his ankle, saw and heard the release of the box of crystal, and twisted around to the back of the man without releasing his leg. The box crashed to the ground with much noise, just missing Reggie's rump.

Two Knives lunged at Peter, slashing with one blade and stabbing with the other, and Peter met him, blocking the man's wrists with his leather arm guards, and then jammed his knee into the thief's crotch with crippling force.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 10, 2020, 03:03:22 PM
"Wait...is he going to fall to the ground or like  float around somewhere?  Get him Reggie!  Rip his leg off!"  Tikk's head went from tilted back at the sky to looking down to cheer Reggie on.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 11, 2020, 02:51:38 AM
Aisling had to admit that the fae-ish man had some power as she watched the tusked one lie down and curl up peacefully.  It was all kind of cute... if she was capable of appreciating cute.  Wasn't there some sort of saying about music being able to calm beasts?  If there was, it was a stupid saying, at least in every case except for this one. 

Watching out of the Tavern windows reminded her a bit of walking through dreams.  They all were about as strange.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 11, 2020, 11:35:01 AM
Guinevere brings another ale to the dark fey. "Here you go, luv." She smiled.

"You're a quiet one, like me, aren't you? Preferring the shadows. Red's been trying to get me to get out more, but I don't know, the quiet shadows are so, well, peaceful."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 11, 2020, 04:04:41 PM
Red had pulled Thug One off -balance and he was unable to dodge her kick.  He went down hard.

Thug Two, finding Peter unafraid to take on an armed man with just his fists, was more wary and the knee-to-the-groin was a common tactic in Ankh Morpork.  He twisted to avoid it and tried to slash inside Peter's guard.

Leonie winced at Tikk's screech and said, "Not cool at all! He's out of my range!  He's going to go splat!"  The weird fire -- it was called octarine, but she didn't know that -- was still playing around her fingers.  She was too scared to try using it again -- suppose she hurt one of her companions? -- so she scooped up a cobblestone and threw it at Thug Two.

Thug Four tried to lift Reggie by the jaws wrapped around his ankle and knock him against the corner of the nearest building.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 11, 2020, 04:26:11 PM
"Sorry, wait seriously? SPLAT??!! Wait, that's OUR dog you meanie!"  Sir Tikk leaped off Leonie's shoulder, bounded over to thug four and tried to leap onto his back.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 11, 2020, 06:16:42 PM
When Two Knives twisted to avoid his groin blow and stepped inside his guard with blade flashing toward his inner thigh, Peter performed a rapid back flip, one of his boots kicking up to disarm the thief with extreme prejudice, then landing in a crouch to face Thug Two.

Reggie felt his paws leave the ground, so he released Thug Four and bounced back, barking furiously.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 11, 2020, 09:09:22 PM
"I'm quiet, and shadows are good to me, but I'm really not terribly peaceful," Aisling told Guinevere.  "I appreciate the ale...  Thank you."  She had to force herself to say it.  Non-fae liked to be thanked, she had to remind herself.

"Look at the big beastie curled up at the bard's feet.  You don't see that every day.  Now that's very peaceful, at least compared to the tusked-one's usual state!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 12, 2020, 12:24:48 PM
"Yes," replied the octopus lady. "Singing can have quite a powerful affect. I used to sing, back when I was in the circus."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 12, 2020, 07:02:07 PM
"What did you do in the circus?" Aisling asked Guinevere. 

She actually didn't knew what a circus was, but revealing ignorance wasn't something she was used to doing.  She briefly wondered if she should be asking questions at all--some creatures were so easily offended, and she knew she knew very little about non-fae social reactions, not that she paid much attention to those, either.  But she mentally shrugged and supposed she would continue to ask until it became an issue.  Live and learn...  And it's not like she was all that talkative to begin with.

So many arms could make killing a bit more easy, she thought, but didn't say.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 13, 2020, 12:05:29 AM
Having dispatched her immediate foe, Red turned to the man being harangued by the dog and cat. She picked up the box of crystal he had dropped and brought it down on his head rather sharply.

"We will not be accepting your offer."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 13, 2020, 12:10:21 AM
Guinevere smiled shyly at Aisling. "I was their mermaid, their siren. I sang songs of love." She picked up a couple of left glasses off a neighboring table, easily coiling them up in her left arm tentacle. "It was all part of the act."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on June 13, 2020, 02:53:19 PM
Longboat suddenly realized he was now sitting with Reikerg, and just about to fall asleep himself. It was very relaxing sitting here, but Longboat distrusted this location much less than a beach full of Pirates. There, he had sun, fresh air, and an ocean full of friends and allies. Here, it was much easier to feel Reikerg's sense of not belonging. He scanned as much of the Tavern grounds as he could from his position.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on June 14, 2020, 12:50:09 AM
Rikerg was kept from sleeping at the sound and sight of someone being blasted into the air, although he couldn't make out that it was a person with his eyesight. Still, the violent occurrence seemed to disturb some of the Watchmen that had remained to keep an eye on the Tavern and him. He didn't care for what they were discussing so he turned his attention back to Longboat.

"I will not let any of them harm you." he assured him, either he sensed his unease or was referring to the 'threat' that had been issued toward him. Rikerg was far less easy here himself, but he had made that quite obvious.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 15, 2020, 12:12:11 AM
Mermaid...  siren... a sea fae?  Aisling had never interacted with any (the Queen's realm did not extend to the seas).  And she had never heard they had many tentacles, like this one.  Sirens were known for tempting sailors to their doom, though.  So singing love songs at a circus?  Perhaps also luring people in to be eaten?

"What do you think of the songs of yon Bard soothing the savage tusked-one?"  Aisling asked.  Some fae had similar powers to enchant through song.  Not her, though.  Her singing would likely send people running from the room.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 15, 2020, 12:23:41 PM
Thug One hadn't recovered from Red's kick yet.  Thug Two lost one of his knives to Peter's totally unexpected  backflip.  Thug Four dropped unconscious from a box of crystal to the head.  Thug Two, while attempting to recover his missing knife, realized that he was now alone and took to his heels.

Leonie was staring wide-eyed, upward at a tiny figure reaching the top of its arc and beginning to fall.  She began to hyperventilate.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 15, 2020, 01:17:57 PM
Peter watched his opponent scurry off, then rose from his crouch to stand straight. "It occurs to me to wonder," he mused, trying to get his hammering heart to calm, "that, if this was a legal robbery, were we legally allowed to fight back?"

Reggie was trotting back from his short chase after the escaping thief as Peter noticed Leonie staring upward in panic. "Leonie?" Peter cried. "What is it?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 15, 2020, 05:33:45 PM
"Up!  Pick me up, quick!  We need to find where he's going to come down, can you slow him down if we get close enough?"  Sir Tikk tapped at Leonie's leg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 15, 2020, 06:17:00 PM
Guinevere looks out the window. "He sounds lovely. I imagine he would have been a draw at the circus."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 15, 2020, 06:18:35 PM
Red looks around wipes her palms together. "Well, that's that." Then she looks at Leonie and up at the sky. "Are you going to be able to catch him?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 15, 2020, 09:35:29 PM
"Visually, he's not so dramatic," Aisling said.  "But I agree that drawing people in should be easy for him.  He seems very skilled."

She was still curious about the tentacled bartender, but she had nearly exhausted her ability to be social so she reverted to her typical silence.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 17, 2020, 12:23:44 PM
Leonie was panicking, she didn't answer Peter or Tikk.  The terrified thief was plummeting and tumbling, it was almost possible to make out the color of his jerkin now.  "I don't know!  There's too much magic here, and the Circumstances -- and the variables, oh, my God, what's terminal velocity on this planet?"

Despite her anxiety, she was preparing to give it the old college try, in her Casting stance and making the preliminary gestures -- when suddenly, a second figure swooped across the sky on a broomstick and intercepted the falling figure.

There was a dramatic moment when the thief's velocity seemed certain to crash the broomstick, but the second figure managed to get a hold on him and to pull up a bare second before hitting the ground.  He was a stocky older man with a full gray beard, wearing red robes and a tall pointy red hat.  But Leonie only caught a bare glimpse of him before he dropped the thief safely onto the soft, muddy surface of the river Ankh and flew away.

"Whoa," Leonie said, and finally bent to pick up Sir Tikk.  "I should've just hung back and thrown rocks."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 17, 2020, 02:32:16 PM
As soon as Peter realized what Leonie was panicking about, he gasped and stood watching in horror as the thief plunged toward a nasty end. He slid a comforting arm around Leonie's back and drew her closer, as much for him as for her. When the Witch-Wizard (or whatever) on the broomstick swooped in to save the thief, he managed a weak cheer.

"Goddamn," he gasped. "My heart..."

Reggie was sniffing around the thief that he had been attacking, the man's head covered by the wooden box of broken crystal. **Nice work, Tikk** he said. **You're handy! Hey, Pete, is this guy dead?** He pawed at the prone body.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 17, 2020, 04:48:43 PM
"Thanks Reggie!  You did much better than I, and we routed them!"  Sir Tikk twisted himself around Leonie's and Peter's ankles purring loudly, sensing Leonie's distress. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 17, 2020, 06:07:59 PM
Aisling noticed a figure launched into the air above the rooftops and falling, only to be caught by some flying being.  Such a strange town! 

Although... given that the Bar-keep and the two humans and their animals had gone in that direction, it was entirely possible that it wasn't just the strangeness of the town...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 18, 2020, 09:08:53 AM
Red had no desire to linger. Once the falling thief dilemma was resolved she nodded to her compatriots and took off towards the market at a brisk pace. The sooner they can get some live feed animals the better.

As she forged a path forward she set her countenance to Someone You Don't Want to Mess With, glaring at any who approached.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 18, 2020, 10:17:17 AM
"On the move!  MOVING!"  Tikk swatted Leonie's leg and dashed after Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 22, 2020, 06:14:34 PM
With a sigh of relief, Leonie picked up Sir Tikk and settled him on her shoulders.  Ticking under his chin, she scurried after Red.  "Okay, come on, Pete!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 22, 2020, 09:18:54 PM
Peter's attention was caught by the prone man. "Jeeze, I hope not."

He knelt next to the thief and lifted the box off his head. It chimed with the sound of broken glass. The back of the man's head was matted with bloody hair. Peter couldn't tell if he was breathing or not, so he grabbed his shoulder and turned him over. "Mr. Thief?" he said anxiously. "Wake up." He gently shook the man's shoulder.

Reggie was watching alertly **Careful, bro. He could be faking**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 23, 2020, 01:09:57 PM
Red reached live animal marketplace. She knew of their impending arrival for several blocks due to the overwhelming smell. But she was surprised nonetheless from the sheer plethora of caged and uncaged beasts. There was everything. From common chickens, cows, and goats to platypuses, unicorns, and creatures that looked like some god being had on stock extra limbs, tails, horns, eyes, mouths, and various other organs and had decided to just start randomly assembling them to quickly get them out the door.

The demoness stopped in her tracks and gawked at the cacophony of sounds, smells, and sights.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 23, 2020, 05:31:49 PM
"Yay!" Sir Tikk rubbed his head against Leonie's a few times then began rumbling a loud purr as he propped his chin on top.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on June 23, 2020, 08:16:27 PM
Aisling did some brief dream-walking but again found little to interest her.  She actually got some rest, fae-fashion, with senses still on alert.  The knocking of pirate animal heads wasn't that straining, but she hadn't had much time to get rest for many days.  The outside view with the curled up beast remained uneventful.  No one was inside the Tavern's main room save for the tentacled siren.  No people were flying through the air above the buildings.  And the bard's song, barely perceptible, even to her keen ears, was indeed soothing...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 25, 2020, 01:48:01 PM
The fallen thief groaned and muttered "Wuzzamaroo," before rousing enough to feebly push Peter away from him. 

Leonie tied a bandanna around her face to help keep out the stench of the cattle market and caught up with Red.  She gaped at the variety of livestock available for sale. 

"We're not feeding Rikerg any unicorns!" she insisted, but then looked closer at one of them.  The horse's hair had been plastered white, and the horn, she suspected, was made of glass.  "Although I think they're fake," she added.  The animals with extra limbs, however, looked very real.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 25, 2020, 02:20:51 PM
"I prefer my food pre-dead, less work.  Did we lose Peter?"  Sir Tikk twisted about to look around for Peter and Reggie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 25, 2020, 02:28:37 PM
Peter sat back on his haunches and watched the thief warily. "Can you sit up?" he asked.

Reggie directed a growl at the thug. **Come on, Pete. He's alive. Let's go.**

"I suppose so," Peter answered, standing and drawing his hood up over his golden curls. He snapped his fingers to catch the woozy thief's attention, then held up two fingers in the peace sign. "How many fingers am I holding up?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 26, 2020, 11:43:44 PM
The first thing on Red's list was a wagon with driver. She found a suitable one in the shape of a lanky teenage boy with bright green eyes and a storm of black hair with a two-axle open wagon pulled by a water buffalo called Floyd. The boy's name was Gamalt. She pressed a gold coin in his palm and told him to follow her as she shopped. He was stunned for a full three seconds before enthusiastically agreeing.

Floyd and Gamalt followed the demoness as she prowled the market. She picked up a cage of laying chickens, two hogs, a box full of giant pearly snails, a bucket of eels, a crate full of land crabs, several geese, and a milk goat. All of that, along with some bags of feed, went on the wagon.

She then turned at her compatriots. "Anything else you can think of?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 27, 2020, 05:41:29 PM
Sir Tikk goggled at the animals.  "Do we eat these?  I mean my food came I mean COMES in a can so.....you aren't going to make me kill something for food?"  If possible Tikk looked slightly pale at the thought.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 29, 2020, 05:11:23 PM
"Shove 'em both up your arse!" the thief groaned.

Meanwhile, Leonie ambled along in Red's wake, fascinated and slightly nauseated.  There was nothing going on in this market that suggested anybody had even heard of a Humane Slaughter Act or a Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.  The livestock, crowded together in filth and scared half to death, made an unbelievable amount of noise and stench.  She was pleased when Red bought the laying chickens and the milk goat, it was easy for her to think of them as having been rescued.

"Yeah," she answered Red.  "Where the hell is Peter?"

She burst into giggles at Tikk's squeamishness and petted him.  "Oh, my goodness, you're a wuss puss.  No, we won't make you kill anything yourself."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 29, 2020, 05:23:41 PM
"Oh thank goodness!  Mistress wanted me to catch mice.  CATCH!  I mean...barbaric.  I kindly relocated them to a pleasant field behind the house."  Tikk sighed happily as he squirmed under the petting.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 29, 2020, 05:29:49 PM
Peter's brows lowered slightly at the thief's crudeness. "Oh, yeah, you're fine."

**I can bite him again if you like** Reggie said eagerly, bouncing around a little bit.

"Stand down, tiger," Peter said in amusement, turning away from the thief. "Where to?"

Reggie turned his back on the thief as well, to pointedly kick his back feet at him in disdain. He sniffed around a moment, catching Red's distinctive scent. **Follow me, Pete!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on June 29, 2020, 05:42:08 PM
"You know what," Leonie said to Tikk, frowning a little as she gave additional skritchies, "no offense, but you're too... civilized to be a cat.  Is it possible you've been turned into one?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on June 30, 2020, 08:22:22 AM
Sir Tikk blinked a few times.  "I don't know, I mean all I remember is being a cat.  Mistress told me about me being a kitten....and how she chose me because we had the same, well at least close, death date."  Sir Tikk's ears drooped a bit as he added.  "But that didn't turn out right, did it?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on June 30, 2020, 11:41:57 AM
"Last I saw, Peter was checking on one of the 'official' robbers," replied Red to Leonie. "Hopefully, more trouble hasn't brewed."

The demoness waved at Gamalt to follow as the group headed out from the market. There had been the usual vendors and beggars trying to receive some of Red's bounty, but she glared at any accosters with glowing red eyes. She was nervous off the tavern grounds and wanted to get back as soon as possible.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on June 30, 2020, 03:51:58 PM
Reggie wasn't as keen as a Bloodhound, but his sense of smell was top drawer, and it helped that Red didn't smell like any other of the myriad shoppers who had crossed her path since leaving the scene.

As they weaved past several booths and stalls, something caught Peter's eye. A dusky skinned woman, with wild dreadlocks that gave her a rough appearance that was still artistically attractive, was selling jewelry and other various accessories. One of the pieces was a gold locket with a beautiful rose-like bloom painted on it.

The woman was watching him with dark alert eyes. "You like?" she purred.

"Very much," Peter said wistfully, fingering the glossed surface of the piece.

"Then you buy," she smiled.

"I'm sorry," he said reluctantly. "I haven't any money."

"Maybe you are Official Thief," she frowned. "You are supposed to say so up front."

"Oh, absolutely not!" Peter shook his head. As he did so, his hood slid back on his head, and the woman caught sight of his gold hoop earrings.

"Trade!" she crowed, leaping to her feet and pointing. "Earrings for necklace!"

"Done," Peter agreed, removing the earrings. He had no real emotional attachment to them, and there were other earrings in his room. The woman took the hoops and dropped the locket into Peter's outstretched palm.

"Enjoy," she smiled.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 01, 2020, 01:02:52 PM
Meanwhile, at the edge of the tavern grounds, the wizards of the Council of The Unexplainable had arrived. The beaded old white men stood in their thick robes and tall pointed hats, pushing spectacles up on their noses, muttering and posturing, some daintily poking the ground with the toe of their pointed shoes, while others carefully checking for an invisible barrier using the mouth tip of large ivory smoking pipes.

"Well, well, well," spoke one.

"Yes, indeed, most unexplainable I've seen in quiet some time," added another.

*ahem* cleared a third and when all the other wizards looked at him, he spoke. "Just clearing my throat."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 01, 2020, 07:10:13 PM
On their way out, Leonie spotted Peter's curly golden head when he pushed his hood back.  "PETE!  HEY, PETE!  OVER HERE!"  She waved like a maniac.

Meanwhile, in Psuedopolis Square, the wizard on the broomstick landed near the Council of the Unexplainable and straightened up with a mighty scowl.

All of them recognized him.  He was Mustrum Ridcully, the Archchancellor of Unseen University, and technically their boss.  He did not quite recognize them.  That is, he knew they were wizards and members of his faculty, but he didn't recall their names (he had a very large faculty) and he didn't remember ever forming a Council of the Unexplainable.  If he did, he would have demanded to know why it wasn't called the Committee of the Inexplicable.

"What are you fellers doin' out here?" he rumbled.  "Haven't you classes to teach?"

Then he spotted Rikerg and became very keen.  "Oh, I say!" he said, edging forward, though not quite reaching the border of the Tavern.  "Look at that magnificent... er... What is that, do you fellers know?"  Ridcully was a sportsman, and every time he saw some thing large and furry, he had an urge to shoot it, stuff it, and mount it on his wall above the fireplace.  "Look at those tusks!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 01, 2020, 09:49:51 PM
Peter looked around as he heard Leonie's voice rising above the low, even babble of the market, and saw the girl waving her hands like a loon. He smiled and waved back, deciding to wait where he was, since the animal laden cart was coming toward him. He attached the locket around his neck, and slipped it inside his clothes.

Reggie rose on his back legs and danced in a circle. **Look! It's Leonie. And Red. And Tikk -- and look at all the animals!!**

"I see," Peter said, hoping he could manage to be elsewhere when Rikerg was fed one of those poor beasts.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 02, 2020, 01:00:27 AM
Aisling refocused on the view out the windows as she saw an officious man fly in on a broomstick, which didn't look like a comfortable mount by any means, but... not her business.  There were a whole group of them gathering at the Tavern's boundary.  They made strange motions with their hands and pipes, and looked mostly harmless.  Although that last one... he seemed a little too interested in the tusked one. 

But the fae-ish bard was out there with the tusked one.  Perhaps he would keep things calm?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 02, 2020, 03:00:34 AM
Rikerg had fallen asleep listening to the elf, even though he was very tired from all the fighting, his hunger didn't allow him to sleep very deeply. He stirred a bit when the three strange men came, the stench of new magic users disturbing him, and his eyes opened as one cleared his throat. He took in a breath before giving them a warning growl as they neared the Tavern.

He didn't plan on moving unless they tried something, but then the newcomer flew in on a broom. At first it seemed like he was going to send the similairily dressed men away, but then his interest shifted.

Rikerg's growling began anew, and he sat up, displaying his claws as well to try and deter the man.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 02, 2020, 09:18:35 PM
When the Archchancellor arrived the wizards nervously started acting busy. When the question was posed, they all looked in different directions like high school students being asked to volunteer. There was visible relief when his attention was diverted towards Rikerg.

"Indeed," agreed several to the Archchancellor's comment about the tucks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 06, 2020, 12:10:43 PM
The creeping tendrils of fog began to appear around the grounds of the tavern.

Red, still a half-mile from the Sliding Tavern, felt the tug. "Hurry," she suddenly exclaimed. "The tavern is sliding!" The demoness grabbed the harness on Floyd and started pulling hard to get the water buffalo going.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 06, 2020, 02:35:30 PM
Peter noticed Red's sudden change of demeanor and stiffened. "Reggie, let's give Red a hand," he said, quickly starting forward and grabbing the other side of the buffalo's halter, tugging and chirping encouragement.

Reggie was less subtle, darting under the cart, barking and nipping at the big animal's heels.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 06, 2020, 02:57:37 PM
Sir Tikk perked up at the change of pace.  "So soon?  Eeek!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 07, 2020, 07:10:52 PM
Leonie made sure Sir Tikk was secure on her shoulders and picked up the pace.  "How much time do we have?  Should we just drop this stuff and run?"

Meanwhile, Ridcully wasn't nearly as intimidated by Rikerg's growls as he should have been.  His eyes were gleaming as he imagined a huge tusked head properly taxidermied and mounted in the faculty dining hall with his name in gold underneath.  "Oh, if only I'd brought my crossbow!"

However, he had a wizard's instincts and he could tell when magic was going on.  He looked down at the Tavern lawn with a frown.  "What's all this, now?  Are we gettin' invaded by the Dungeon Dimensions again?  Blast it all!"  He rolled up his sleeves.  "Fireballs ready, gentlemen!" he ordered the Counsel of the Unexplainable.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 08, 2020, 12:36:52 AM
Aisling sat up from her more typical slouch. 

"The mist is rising and Mistress Red is not returned," she said, turning to the interim bar-tender.  "Has that happened before?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 08, 2020, 11:45:20 AM
"We have about 10 to 15 minutes," Red tells Leonie. "I think we'll be okay."

That's the moment that Floyd decides to confront the little yapping thing at his heels. The water buffalo stops and bellows at Reggie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 08, 2020, 03:23:44 PM
Reggie jumped at the bellow and scampered back, tail tucked. The cart attached to Floyd kept the animal from turning or kicking at Reggie, but he could still stomp his heavy hooves at him, and Reggie took that very seriously. He stayed under the wagon, but well back from Floyd, and ceased his harrying.

Peter gave Red an apologetic smile. "Sorry," he said. "Dog help." He made a soothing kissy sound at Floyd as he patted the buffalo's neck. "Come on, big fella."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 09, 2020, 11:33:45 AM
"We don't have time for this." The demoness starts unstrapping Floyd from the wagon.

"Help me get this off him," she tells Leonie and Peter. "Quickly."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 09, 2020, 11:40:52 AM
Guinevere shook her head. "I don't know. I hope she gets back soon." The octomaid went over to the front door and peered out nervously.

"Oh!" she exclaimed suddenly. "She gave me that thing. The welkie-ookie thing." Guinevere quickly returned behind the bar and picked up the strange square device with the green light and knobs and buttons.

"Hello? Hello?" she spoke to the magical box. "Mistress Red? Can you hear me?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 09, 2020, 12:33:50 PM
"Geez, are the slides always this soon?  Seems we haven't caught a break...."  Tikk mumbled as he held on.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 09, 2020, 12:46:32 PM
Peter looked at the boy who tended the buffalo, as he worked any buckle within his reach. "Come on, you know how to do this faster than we do. Let's go!"

Reggie was still under the cart. **I'm sorry** he whined. **I'm sorry... thought I was helping**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 09, 2020, 03:56:58 PM
Rikerg didn't want to get up completely, even when the fog began to creep around the grounds. Before, he hadn't known that it would precede the Tavern sliding, but he caught on quick that this fog was not coming from the city. He sniffed the air to try and figure out how far the others were from returning. He didn't care if the two humans remained here, or their animal companions as the dog and cat were likely to acclimate to wherever their humans were, but he was worried about Red.

He didn't know how long it took for a slide to happen, or that Red could tell when one was about to occur, so she very well might be out getting food for him and becoming left behind as a result. He was supposed to stay here on the grounds, but he wasn't going to sit around while the demon was left behind. To make matters worse, the wizards suddenly decided to go on the offensive, he heard the call for fireball magic to be used, and was certain it was an attack on either him or the Tavern.

Despite the act of getting up feeling difficult, he wasn't going to show any weakness, and stood up with no visible effort before taking in a deep breath and roaring at the wizards. He hoped that this would get Red's attention as well to let her know it was time to come back. He paced back and forth on all fours, watching, smelling, and listening for any signs of them returning.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 10, 2020, 01:41:03 PM
"Aww, it's okay, Reg," Leonie soothed the little dog.  She didn't understand the words, but she did understand the whine.  "We'll make it.  Too bad, though, this place was kind of interesting."  She tried to help with the buffalo, but in the end there were too many people trying to do the same thing.  So she grabbed a chicken under each arm instead.  They squawked and protested at their proximity to the cat on her shoulders.  "Are we ready to scram?" she asked, as Rikerg's bellows reached them from Psuedopolis Square.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 10, 2020, 01:43:05 PM
Gamalt was confused. Didn't the lady just say they needed to hurry? Then why unbuckle Floyd? The boy sat, being in a position to not say anything, yet perplexed enough to not assist.

Red finished removing Floyd's harness and coaxed the beast to step away from the wagon. "We'll take it from here," she told the boy. "Best you stay with Floyd."

He nodded, still confused, and hopped down. Red then took up the position of where the water buffalo had stood. She placed the shafts over her shoulders and with a hard yank got the wagon moving.

Gamalt and Floyd watched as the demoness pulled the wagon on down the road at a jog. He rubbed his beast's neck, blinking, and then looked down at the gold coin in his hand. How the hell am I going to spend this without getting killed?

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 10, 2020, 02:24:44 PM
Sir Tikk blinked as chickens appeared under Leonie's arms.  "Those smell," he announced sagely.  "Reggie did good and what the heck...lookit Red go!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 10, 2020, 02:44:43 PM
Peter hurried forward ahead of Red and the cart, clearing the way for Red of pedestrians with shouted warnings, Reggie running ahead of Peter, adding his barks to the urgency.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 11, 2020, 05:43:48 PM
Welkie-ookie thing???,  Aisling thought.  Some kind of communication artifact?

She glanced out the windows.  Oh, dear... it seemed like the tusked one was awake and the odd magical delegation was up to something.  Fools. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 14, 2020, 03:10:10 PM
The Counsel of the Unexplainable had hastily prepared fireball spells as best they could: one pulled out a heavy tome and began thumbing his way through the Fs, another ritually cracked every knuckle on both hands, and a third carefully removed his heavy cloak and folded it up, then turned around in place looking for a suitable spot to lay said cloak.

The fog thickened first about the tavern, then spread outward at an ever-faster pace.

Inside, Guinevere was still talking into the radio. "Hello? This is Guinevere. Anyone hear me?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 14, 2020, 05:19:51 PM
Leonie legged it after Red, grinning at all the people who turned to gape at the demoness hauling 800 pounds or so of livestock.  Life in the Tavern was certainly interesting.

Ridcully snorted his contempt at the Council, especially the one consulting his primer.  "Call yourselves wizards, you fellows!"  He peered through the rising fog, but saw nothing more intimidating than a voluptuous woman running for the Tavern, dragging a loaded oxcart behind her.  She was preceded by a blond chap and a dog, and being chased by a leggy girl in trousers wearing a cat around her neck.  They looked familiar, but tore past him before he could get a word out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 14, 2020, 06:27:01 PM
Peter couldn't stop until he pulled up at the steps leading up to the Tavern's front porch, leaning against one of the columns as he tried to catch his breath after his half-mile flat out run. Reggie was still keyed up, and skipped back and forth, eyes on what he could make out of the flock of wizards on the edge of the Tavern grounds.

**Who are these guys?** he barked. **They look sketch! Run, Pointy Hats!! Run away!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 14, 2020, 07:53:18 PM
The communication artifact seemed to be... inactive?  Maybe the spell had worn off? 

The mist was rising steadily now.  Aisling hoped that that group of magic-users wouldn't come with the Tavern.  They looked annoying...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 15, 2020, 08:17:02 AM
"Who are they? What do they want?  They look like they are about to do something we won't like...."  Sir Tikk carefully unhooked his claws from where he had held on and jumped down with an ooof and a thump, much less gracefully then previously.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 15, 2020, 12:50:47 PM
Red ignored the group of robed old men and headed straight for the barn. Stopping the cart in front of the big doors the demoness finally paused to look about. The fog was thick, very thick. but they made it with a good 30 seconds to spare... She walked back towards the front porch to make sure everyone who had gone to market was back on tavern grounds. Seeing Peter and Leonie as well as the cat and dog she turned to the men.

"Please stay back as this tavern and the surrounding grounds are leaving. Thank you for your hospitality, good bye, and I hope your Opera House returns." She waved and smiled politely.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 15, 2020, 08:23:36 PM
Aisling watched the show outside.

Oh, the Bar-keep had made it back, with supplies.  Now she seemed to be making sure the group of magic-users were staying off the property of the Tavern.  That was good.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 17, 2020, 06:13:56 PM
The fog around the tavern thickened to the point where one had difficultly seeing ones outstretched hand. Then it happened: a slight shift in the air, some popping of ears, and that feeling that something odd had just occurred on the edge of your consciousness. The tavern slid.

First came the buzz of insects; bees and flies and cicadas and no-see ums. This was followed with the smell of earth, and air thick and filled with humidity. The fog slowly drifted away, as if it wanted to stay, and there was no wind. The sun filtered low through hanging branches of willow and elm. The trees were big and old, each gnarled and full of character. There was a lazy creek meandering through the wood, and a small path that followed along halfheartedly. The old forest lay on the tavern like a giant warm blanket, for comfort or to smother, who can say?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 17, 2020, 08:43:08 PM
The actual shift made Aisling want to shudder.  She didn't, of course. 

She watched the view out the windows in anticipation.  Trees were slowly becoming visible through the falling mist.  Ugh.  Too similar to the lands she was running from.  But different, which was reassuring.  Too damp.  The forests of the Unseelie were dry and dark and not as alive with creatures as it should be (and was in pockets... but most creatures knew to stay away, huddled together and out of sight).

Aisling wondered if the shift was felt more keenly if you were positioned at the edge of the Tavern's grounds?  She'd always been in the main taproom for the shifts.  Now that she was a bit more familiar with the proceedings, perhaps she'd try and see if there were differences.  Perhaps.  It really wasn't her business to be so curious about such trivial things...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 17, 2020, 11:06:06 PM
Peter looked around at the new world from the porch, feeling the humidity and realizing he was over-dressed for this thick temperate forest. He took a deep breath, enjoying the rich scent of the earth. He liked forests -- Nicholas had enjoyed camping, and he had been successful in teaching Peter to like it too.

Reggie was scouting around to be sure none of the wizards had tagged along with them.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 18, 2020, 01:01:01 AM
When Red made it in, Rikerg was able to relax somewhat. He still didn't trust the wizards, but as soon as the fog overtook the area he had finally had enough of working to try and guard the Tavern.

He let himself flump back onto the ground, closing his eyes, though he was too hungry to sleep. Unfortunately, the change in weather was not to his liking. Even though the smells were interesting, it was far too muggy and hot, and he felt sluggish enough as it was.

Rikerg let out a noise that was a mix of a growl and a grunt, which was followed by the growl of his stomach as well. He didn't know which of the things Red intended for him to eat, and wasn't going to let himself get interrupted mid-meal again because she didn't want him eating a certain creature.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 18, 2020, 08:53:07 AM
"Oooohhhh!"  Sir Tikk's eyes widened appreciatively as the new noises and surroundings appeared.  "I'll...be...back...later!"  Tikk darted off to the edge of the grounds, his head bobbing around at the darting insects and ears twitching madly at the sounds.  He did not go deeper though, staying about one foot from the "edge."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 19, 2020, 04:40:48 PM
"Be careful!" Leonie called after the cat.  But she was relieved to have the heavy furry presence off her neck now that they were somewhere rather warm and humid.  "Well," she said to Peter, "this looks peaceful.  How long before something shoots us or tries to eat us?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 19, 2020, 04:50:58 PM
Peter pretended to check a non-existent watch on his wrist. "With our luck," he said, "I'd say we're already overdue."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 20, 2020, 12:25:49 PM
Red carried the bucket of eels over to Rikerg. "Not sure how you feel about live eels, but here's a spaghetti load." She then turned to Leonie. "Can you back your car out of the barn so I can get the animals squared away before the next shitstorm."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 20, 2020, 01:30:30 PM
"Sure," Leonie agreed.  "Can I put it back after, or do I need to find a new space?"

She headed over to the barn, flung open the doors and drove the Mustang around to the left side and parked it under the eave.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 20, 2020, 06:30:30 PM
Peter took the time to head upstairs for a shower to wash the stink of Ankh-Morkpork and the local humidity off his body and out of his hair, intending to dress in much less layers. Reggie stayed outside, patrolling the boundaries -- like Tikk, he was excited by the myriad smells surrounding the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 21, 2020, 05:01:10 PM
"It's possible that the tusked one could have a less troublesome time hunting for food in this place, rather than a town,"  Aisling commented to no one in particular (although the tentacled one was probably the only one listening who might care).  "However, it's entirely possible that trouble would find him no matter what."

Although--she had to admit that the unpredictable beastie had unpredictably stayed quiet before the Tavern had moved.  Would wonders never cease?

A forest might have been considered welcoming to a fae, but not her.  She was a hunter of the Queen's enemies only, and those did not include natural creatures.  Although, perhaps she could try and assassinate a deer or rabbit?  Or perhaps not... 

Aisling sat back, as relaxed as she allowed herself to be, and took a sip of ale.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 21, 2020, 05:24:17 PM
Guinevere had given up on the weird device once she saw through the window the wagon and Red arrive. She headed over to the front door and watched as the fog turned pea-soup thick, then slowly clear to a new world. She smiled. This place seemed much more peaceful than that noisy, smelly, abrasive city.

She turned to Aisling when the fey spoke. "Perhaps." The temporary bartender then headed for the backdoor to see what had been brought in the wagon.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 21, 2020, 05:28:07 PM
Red returned to the wagon and smiled at Leonie. "Thanks. Depending on how accessible you want your car to be, you could leave it out here, or put it back in the barn and cover it with some tarpaulin. The chickens and I'm not sure what else may end up loose in the barn." She then preceded to pull the wagon into the barn.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 22, 2020, 01:15:00 AM
If he hadn't been so hungry, he would have rejected the strange, snake-like fish that had been offered. They were small, but the numbers of them made up for their size. Hell, he'd give eating mice a try while feeling this famished. He tried eating them straight out of the bucket, but they squirmed and flopped onto the ground, making valiant escape efforts despite not being land animals. He had to use his claws to pierce them like cocktail sausages before eating them, and he was finished with the bucket in no time, only leaving behind a few fins.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 22, 2020, 04:51:01 AM
Reggie watched Rikerg from a safe distance, pouncing, stabbing and slurping his way through the slippery, wriggly eels, with a strange fascination.

Inside, Peter finished his shower and padded to his room, wrapped in a fluffy towel, where he continued vigorously toweling his hair dry.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 22, 2020, 09:17:57 AM
Sir Tikk moved to stand next to Reggie his attention on the wildlife surpassed by Rikerg's eating.  "It's like two trains about to crash head-on and I can't stop watching....."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 22, 2020, 01:04:11 PM
Reggie glanced at the cat, chuckling. **Nice. I was just thinking how much fun it would be to chase one of those slimy things.**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 22, 2020, 03:10:44 PM
"that would be fun!"  Tikk agreed, perking up.  "But not with Rikerg there.  I mean he likes animals but then...is so...rude.  And I mean wipe your mud and poop covered feet on the living room carpet mean.  I want to say he's misunderstood but....nah, not even close."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 22, 2020, 03:35:42 PM
**Well, I can't really agree** Reggie replied. **We don't really know him enough to know if he's misunderstood or not. All I know is that he tried to kill Peter. I don't like that. Not at all**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 22, 2020, 03:58:45 PM
Tikk rubbed his head against Reggie's in comfort, "Yup, " he agreed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 23, 2020, 03:37:19 AM
He was still hungry after finishing, so he checked the bucket again, hoping it may have somehow refilled itself. There was an eel he had missed, but it was far too small compared to the others. Even if he wanted to eat it, there was no way he could get a grip on the juvenile with his large claws. He pushed the bucket away, knocking it onto its side and causing most of the water to spill out along with the flopping eel.

He got up and stretched, already feeling a bit better, and turned to try and find Red to ask her if there was anymore food. He saw Guinevere's back in the doorway of the Tavern and stared, trying to figure out what he was looking at.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 23, 2020, 08:57:56 AM
Sir Tikk perked up as the eel splashed out then dropped into a hunting crouch.  "Oohhh...must...get..it.."  Tikk darted forward in spurts, his eye on the wriggling eel.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 23, 2020, 04:59:40 PM
Red began unloading the wagon, then noticed that Rikerg had finished off the eels and by the look of it, wanting more.

"There's some large crabs here," she calls out, "if you are still hungry."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 23, 2020, 07:02:57 PM
Reggie went full alert at the sight of the slithering lone eel, body wriggling and tail vibrating. He yipped as Sir Tikk scooted forward, and began to bounce around the cat and the eel, dropping into a play bow as he went. **Fun! Fun Fun Fun!!**

Peter stood nude in front of the full length mirror in his room, fingering the pendant around his neck as it settled just below his collarbone. A wistful expression came into his eyes, and he fought off tears before he turned away to pull out more appropriate clothing for this humidity from the wardrobe: a brown and green camo tank top, a pair of thin slim fit jeans and hiking boots to tuck the jeans into. A pair of gold studs in his ears finished it off.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 23, 2020, 09:37:04 PM
Leonie came back from moving her car in time to see Rikerg finished off his bucket and dump the last eel.  Perhaps it was the mysterious absence of Longboat that made her want to fill in for him, but she stomped her heels a few times to get the rhythm going and began to sing in a fake baritone:

"Everybody lock your doors, I'm coming through
Hide away your children 'til I've quitted you
Shutter all your windows tight
Burn your candles through the night
And if you're lucky you may find I've passed without ado

"if you choose to disregard this urgent plea
I can't be held responsible for what you'll see
My fearful cavalcade's been known
To shock observers still as stone
And when I'm gone they'll gladly own they're better off than me

"I'm harmless on my own but when I come I won't be alone

"'See, I got trooooolls chasing after meee
Nipping at my heels, clutching at my sleeve
I push you awaaaay, but what else can I do?
If I stay I'll bring my trolls straight down on you!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 24, 2020, 08:25:11 AM
Tikk glanced occasionally at Reggie and the pup's exuberance got to him, his slow and careful stalk turned into a dash where he pounced on the eel in less than dramatic jump.  His twists, turns and spins after as he batted it around and tossed it into the air were not hampered by his girth as much.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 24, 2020, 06:10:02 PM
"Crab?" Rikerg squinted, he had never eaten one of those, and they seemed to be more like insects than anything, and he couldn't imagine wanting to eat those. "Is there anything else?" he asked.

If he had known the animals would have gotten such amusement out of the eels, he would have tried to save a larger one for them. He watched as they played with the thing, mostly fascinated by Tikk's movements as he had never seen a cat at play before. He was so distracted that he didn't pay attention to Leonie returning nor her stomping, and it wasn't until she began to sing that he actually looked at her.

While her singing wasn't as nearly as good as the bard's, it was still pleasant, and he listened quietly until she sang the line about not coming alone, then he started to growl like it was an actual threat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 24, 2020, 06:54:38 PM
Leonie changed her pitch and tempo so as to incorporate Rikerg's growling.  It made the perfect backup vocal for the song.

"I got tiny trolls with eyes of fire-engine red
I got giant trolls with nostrils bigger than my head
I got ancient trolls like mossy boulders
Trolls with two heads on their shoulders
Lady trolls with hungry hips and bangles made of lead

"They follow in my footsteps everywhere I go
They've torn to pieces everyone I used to know
They've hounded me through hills and valleys
Winding streets and twisting alleys
Licking at their chops and hoping someday I'll get slow."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 24, 2020, 11:39:50 PM
Red pointed to the large box, "There's some giant snails, or if you are really hungry, we have the hogs. However, if you intend to eat a hog, i would suggest you take it out of sight of the other inn-mates."

She takes the milking goat and the chickens into the barn.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 25, 2020, 03:40:48 AM
When Tikk tossed the eel in the air, Reggie couldn't hold back. He lept forward and snatched the eel on the fly, tossing the thing and catching it again, then falling into a play bow, inviting Tikk to play keep away.

Peter came down the stairs, pulling his thick curls into a ponytail to get it off his neck, then walked out onto the porch, nodding at Aisling and Guinevere as he passed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 25, 2020, 10:17:29 AM
Tikk grinned (as much as a cat can) and copied the play bow before snatching the eel and tossing it again for Reggie.  "Higher Reggie!"  Tikk crowed while trying to put some oomph into his tosses.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 26, 2020, 06:54:17 PM
Reggie caught the mangled eel neatly, and took off running around Tikk in an irregular circle, coming teasingly close to the cat, then dashing wide again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 27, 2020, 12:17:48 AM
Rikerg only stopped growling when he figured out that Leonie was singing about getting attacked by trolls, rather than attacking them herself. He curled his lip at the idea of eating a snail, no matter how large they were, but was immediately interested in the hogs. Since her suggestion was just that, a suggestion, he didn't plan on taking the hog out of sight if he wanted to eat it. He went over to the animal, picking it up and carrying it closer to the cat and the dog, deciding to watch them play together before he started eating.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 27, 2020, 08:24:13 AM
Tikk turned in circles first before switching to chasing and swatting Reggie's tail  (no claws) when he could.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 27, 2020, 10:29:35 PM
Aisling, getting a little bored of sitting in one place, took her ale with her and went out to the porch or veranda that wound around from the entry to the side.  There were some seating that looked inviting, but she sat on the railing, her back against one of the wooden posts.

It was warm, but not uncomfortable.  Not that temperatures bothered her much. 

The Tusked One, as intriguing as ever, seemed about to slaughter and eat a hog.  It seemed slightly... cannibalistic.  The thought made Aisling almost amused.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 28, 2020, 05:42:45 PM
Red watched Rikerg pick up a hog and carry it towards the front of the tavern. She shrugged and continued to carry and lead the remaining animals into the barn. The aquarium of giant snails went up on a shelf, the crate of land crabs did likewise, the chickens were tossed into a stall for the nonce, as went the left over hog and the milking goat. The demoness then took the various feed bags and placed them in crates and empty barrels. Lastly, she opened and took out one of the large land crabs. Dropping it into a rain barrel she quickly heated the water to boiling with her hands.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 30, 2020, 04:59:39 PM
Reggie tucked his tail as he ran, to keep it out of Sir Tikk's reach, and tossed the eel up with a flip of his head, catching it on the fly as he ran. He knew he was much faster than Tikk, so he resisted running flat out, instead continuing his teasing game of Keep Away, coming close to the cat and presenting the eel, then dashing away.

Peter started to greet Aisling, when he saw Rikerg pick up one of the hogs and take it back to where he had been sitting. The animal remained amazingly calm and quiet in the grip of its eventual butcher, and Peter backed away and re-entered the Tavern. The whole situation disturbed him, and he knew he didn't want to witness what Rikerg was about to do.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 30, 2020, 09:24:52 PM
While it was fun to watch the two play with each other, his hunger was getting to him. So he decided that he should eat before relaxing anymore.

Since he didn't have his dining attire, Rikerg decided to just remove his newly cleaned and repaired shirts. He put the hog down, the animal only wandering a bit to snuffle at some vegetation. He took off one shirt after the other, folding them and placing them on the ground. He had more of the black substance stretching across his skin underneath the clothing, though they appeared to be more akin to healed wounds than veins, especially the large gash on his chest and back where ones heart might be located.

He then pounced on the hog, making it squeal in surprise before flipping it on its back and tearing into its stomach with his teeth. Its squeals grew even shriller, as Rikerg ate in a more canid manner, not bothering to kill his prey before he started eating it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 30, 2020, 11:54:32 PM
Well, thought Aisling, the Tusked One's eating habits were a lot more full of screams and struggling than she expected.  That noise would attract attention from other predators for miles around, wouldn't it?  And send prey running far, far away.  She'd always tried for the least noise and movement, and the most efficient and quick way to kill as possible.  Finesse would be an added element--purely from professional pride, though.  Of course, she wasn't interested in eating her targets.  Perhaps there was something that made the meal more pleasurable if there was more noise and fighting involved? 

She wrinkled her nose, ever so slightly, at Rikerg going for the abdomen.  Such a messy way to kill or to consume.  And how good would offal, or rather the contents of the stomach and intestines, taste?  The liver or kidney or heart, maybe... she had found those parts, when prepared well, quite tasty.  But not the stomach or intestines, unless used for sausage casing!  (And really thoroughly cleaned first!)  ... He was definitely an odd creature.  Although, some peasants happily ate tripe when they could. 

Fae weren't much for all that blood and gore, particularly when dining.  Aisling preferred mostly salads, fruits, and vegetables.  Although she was definitely somewhat of an aberration of her kind and had learned to appreciate various non-fae cuisine in her short experience of freedom.  It was likely that the fae-ish diet reminded her too much of her long captivity by the Queen.  Rikerg's cuisine, from what she was seeing of it, was not something that interested her.

It was probably good that the less appealing parts of the animal, that Rikerg seemed to be gnawing at determinedly, wasn't going to waste.  And there was a lot of nutrition in all that blood.  (Blood didn't bother her after so many centuries... although, again, she preferred to kill with as little of it leaking out as possible, and the flavor definitely did not appeal to her, so she wasn't about to drink any, even if the very darkest of fae claimed that drinking blood was just fine.)

She sipped her ale.  Ale was good enough for her.  Filling, even.   She could live off just ale for days.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on July 31, 2020, 08:20:31 AM
When the hog squealed and the munching began Sir Tikk stopped chasing Reggie to stare.  He wasn't sure if he was appalled (ok slightly, that was rather messy and right on the front lawn area!) or hungry.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 31, 2020, 08:53:09 AM
Reggie skidded to a stop when the awful noise began, dropping the mangled and long-dead eel from slack jaws, and stared at the horror for a split second, then turned tail to rocket onto the Tavern's porch, scratching frantically at the door. **Pete! Pete!! Let me in!!! Pete!!**

Peter gasped as the shrill sounds of the tortured pig filled the air, eyes wide with horror. Running back into the foyer between the bar and the sitting area in the back, Peter looked frantically to the small weapons arsenal stashed there for emergencies, and grabbed a short sword from its scabbard.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on July 31, 2020, 01:42:00 PM
Leonie had a couple of verses left in the filk song, but it died stone-cold when Rikerg ripped into the hog right in front of her.  She screamed, went dead-white, backed away, and then turned and ran, scooping up Sir Tikk on her way.  If Peter hadn't let Reggie in, she would've grabbed him too.  "Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God!"  She narrowly avoided a collision with Peter as she gained the relative safety of the bar.

"He didn't even kill it first," she said when Peter came back with the sword.  She was clutching Tikk for dear life.  "That's it.  That's the last straw.  I'm going vegan."

She leaned over the bar and retched into a spittoon.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on July 31, 2020, 02:50:31 PM
He didn't notice the dog running off, nor did he respond to Leonie's scream besides tearing into the animal more fiercely, but by the time he'd eaten a good chunk of the pig, he noticed the orange spot not too far from him. He figured that the cat wanted a bit of meat, so he cut off a decently sized chunk for Tikk and flicked it over toward the cat.

When Leonie ran toward the cat, he thought that she was trying to steal the offerred meat. He slammed his hands down with a threatening snarl, but she had run off toward the building without stealing it. He went back to eat, crunching loudly on the bones as he worked to eat the entire creature.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on July 31, 2020, 03:46:55 PM
Peter's face was grim and as white as Leonie's as he edged past her onto the porch, breathing heavily. The hog had stopped making noise just before he exited the bar and the young man listened tensely for a moment, but all he could hear was the crunching of bones and the wet sounds of the monster consuming the poor animal. Taking a deep breath, Peter backed inside again.

"It's dead," he said quietly, sounding relieved. He looked at Leonie, leaning against the bar and looking deathly ill. "I've no trouble eating meat, but, damn it, kill it quickly and humanely! That's the cruelest thing I've ever heard."

Reggie was pacing back and forth in agitation, hair raised down his spine. **Omigod, omigod** he whined. Peter set the sword on a table and sat down, patting his lap, and Reggie leaped into it. Peter enfolded him in a comforting hug.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on July 31, 2020, 03:57:44 PM
Boy, did the agonizing screams of the hog take Red back, back all the way to Hell. There were reasons she left, and the constant screaming was one of them. In the early days it was just background noise, but once she had gotten a taste of silence during her journeys to Earth and other planes, those screams grew ever the more grating on her nerves. As a succubus, screams of pleasure were much more her style.

As she finished cooking the crab, the demoness shook her head. Being a veteran inn-mate, she knew that making loud noises on a brand new world probably wasn't the best of ideas. Who knew what lurked out in those woods? She figured the less attention placed the Sliding Tavern, the better. She's going to have to tell Rikerg to keep it down.

Carrying the now bright red and cooked crab Red left the barn and closed the door. The hog was now dead and the only sound was the slurping and crunching as Rikerg ate the carcass. She scanned the forest for signs of any incoming threat as she walked towards the masticating giant.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on July 31, 2020, 05:54:56 PM
Aisling was impressed when Rikerg also consumed the bones.  Uncooked, those bones must be tough to bite off into bits.  The strength of the jaws and sharpness of teeth must be considerable.  She had heard the marrow was edible and sustaining.  Those who couldn't afford meat often had to find bones to crack and suck on.  She had seen that for those who couldn't be particular, that all parts of an animal could be used.  The Tusked One's constitution was very efficient, it seemed.  And she had to agree that if one was taking a life, it shouldn't go to waste. 

Sure, she had been forced to kill, but she wasn't sentimental about it either way.  It was kill or be killed in the world (or rather the Queen would just find someone else to do the job, or kill Aisling's captive-for-that-reason brother, since her top assassin and spy was too precious to kill unless all else failed).  But she preferred to have a good reason for it (and not the Queen's reasons, although most of the time her reasons weren't all that poor, even though she was the darkest of fae-- the type that wouldn't mind literal blood-baths).  Even the Queen disliked waste (she hadn't been Queen for millennia for being simply cruel and heartless, after all).

Aisling wondered if Rikerg would behave differently now that he had a meal?  That creature was just endlessly fascinating.  A magnet for trouble, true, but still an attraction. 

It was even interesting to watch how the others reacted to the Tusked One. 

You'd think they had never been on a hunt, lived on a farm, or passed a slaughter-house.  Even when not eating from a dying creature, the cries and struggles of a dying or soon to be killed animal were never quiet.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 01, 2020, 08:48:15 AM
Tikk hugged Leonie tightly as she retched with him clutched to her.  He oddly found this position quite comforting, despite the circumstances.  "It's dead now, it's not suffering anymore, it's ok," he soothed quietly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 01, 2020, 07:39:04 PM
The chirping of the birds had gone silent when the screaming began, and it was occasionally replaced by the yaps and yips of some other creatures. A few birds interested in carrion had perched on the trees at the border of the grounds, their heads twisting as they calculated the risk of getting some meat.

Upon seeing motion out of the corner of his eye, Rikerg dug his claws into the meat again, turning toward the intruder and snarling, flesh hamging from his mouth. When he saw it was Red who was approaching, he quickly relaxed and went back to chewing.

"Want some?" He offered, not bothering to swallow before speaking.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 02, 2020, 08:16:24 PM
Red steps up next to the bloody mess and, reaching quite close to Rikerg, pops an eye out. She straightens, and puts the whole thing in her month like a large tomato.

"Mmm, thanks."

The demoness then turns serious. "Every new world has a potential for new and unknown dangers. Some are relatively benign, others can be extremely deadly." She pauses and looks about, sweeping out her hand to indicate the forest. "We have no idea who or what lives here. So that's why, whenever we slide to a new world, I try to keep a low profile until it can be determined just what sort of things are its inhabitants. That includes trying our best to not draw undue attention. That screaming pig just announced our existence to the whole forest."

She looks back at Rikerg. "Do you follow my thinking?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 04, 2020, 02:58:51 PM
He stared hard when she leaned so close to him, but it wasn't because of aggressiveness since he had invited her, and especially since she had been the one to give him the food.

He took a while to respond, because he did need a while to follow her thinking. He wasn't concerned about something attacking him, and Red seemed very capable of handling herself. However, there was the matter of the Tavern, which Red seemed quite attached to. The building was very susceptible to attack, and from the look of it was likely very flammable.

"I do follow it." He replied, finally, "I apologize for drawing attention to your home. Next time I will tear the head off first."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 04, 2020, 05:15:59 PM
Aisling could barely hear what the Tusked One and the Demoness were saying, but she'd had centuries of observing others to ferret out secrets (and some enhanced hearing to help).   She already knew Red preferred that the hog wasn't consumed loudly and obviously right in front of the Tavern.

She actually did crack a smile at Rikerg's response.   The Tusked One was himself, as usual, but also took time to consider his reply... so perhaps he was a bit mellowed by having food?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 04, 2020, 06:24:47 PM
Leonie's adrenaline leveled off as the screams stopped and Tikk's warm purring comments calmed her down further.  "Damn, I need a drink."  Sitting up, she registered the octopoid bartender for the first time.  "Um...wow.  Hi, I'm Leonie.  Stupid question, but how are you breathing outside a tank?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 05, 2020, 01:15:47 PM
The bartender looked at Leonie quizzically. "I'm Guinevere. What sort of drink would you like?" She chooses to ignore the mage's question, and picks up a cloth napkin to give to Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 05, 2020, 01:20:42 PM
"Warm milk please!" Chirps Tikk, as he snuggled into Leonie's lap and tried to keep his extra fluffiness from sliding off.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 07, 2020, 01:36:21 PM
Red is relived that she doesn't have to further lecture Rikerg. She smiles and pats his shoulder. "Great!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 07, 2020, 01:39:45 PM
Guinevere looks over at the cat. "I think there's some clotted cream here..." she roots around under the counter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 07, 2020, 02:38:12 PM
Quietly Peter put Reggie back on his feet, and walked over to the dog's water bowl on a mat next to the piano, picking it up and refilling it from behind the bar. He was careful not to crowd Guinevere as he poured the water from the tap, then set the bowl back on the mat. Reggie began lapping thankfully as Peter left the bar, standing on the porch to take a good look around at his surroundings before coming down the steps. Ignoring the bloody mess that was Rikerg several feet away on the lawn, Peter waved at Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 07, 2020, 03:35:19 PM
Red waved back at Peter.

The shadows had lengthened and a wispy coolness began to tentatively introduce itself about the tavern. Fireflies appeared and the hint of phosphorescent algae began to show in the lazy water.

"Help! Help! Please help" cried out a distant voice. Off in the woods the plaintive childlike cry came filtering through the trees.

Red frowned.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 07, 2020, 03:41:04 PM
Leonie asked for a vodka and orange juice, but was happy with the naked shot of vodka she got instead.  She stayed in the Tavern when Peter left, not wanting to look at the pig remains Rikerg undoubtedly left behind (even he wasn't big enough to crunch down a whole femur).  "Same again," she told Guinevere.  "Please." 

She had originally been rather taken with the Tavern, once the shock wore off.  But now the romance was wearing off as well, and she was feeling deadly homesick.  She stroked Tikky and tried to imagine getting back to Breakbills and smuggling the cat into her dorm room.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 07, 2020, 04:30:52 PM
"Mmrrrr," Sir Tikk  hummed in response to the cream idea.  As he waits, he starts kneading Leonie's lap and purring loudly, slitting his eyes in content and leaning against Leonie's warmth.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 07, 2020, 05:18:00 PM
Rikerg flushed a bit when the other patted his shoulder, but went back to eating as soon as he was left be. He finished the majority of it, and flung the rest of it toward the outskirts. After he moved away, the birds that were watching swarmed in to finish off any of the meat he hadn't eaten.

He licked his claws clean of blood, then any that had splattered on his arms or chest, then put his tops back on. There was still a bit of gore around his mouth and on his teeth, but he was too tired to deal with it. He lied down on his back, about to doze off when there was suddenly a voice from the forest. He suddenly flipped himself upright, alert and scenting the air as he tried to figure out what and where the cry for help was originating from.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 07, 2020, 07:09:36 PM
Peter had been about to walk around to the side door leading into the kitchen when the childlike voice cried out from the woods, and he stiffened. He trotted quickly to the edge of the forest, then paused to listen intently. In his occupation before leaving with the Tavern there had been dangerous creatures who would lure the unwary with cries for help. Of course, there was always a possibility that it really was a cry for help...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 07, 2020, 08:55:39 PM
Aisling approved that the Tavern inhabitants who heard the cry in the forest didn't immediately rush in without thought.  Even Rikerg was stirred by it, but didn't just start running.

The forest was dense, so it was surprising that there was anyone near enough to get in trouble.  The sounds of creatures going about their business would have been more intermittent, surely, if someone was roaming about in trouble.  Or maybe not.  It wasn't a forest she was at all familiar with, after all.  And perhaps a creature that regularly roamed the woods was the source of the cry?

She scanned the woods, seeing nothing.   She wasn't in the habit of rescuing people... quite the reverse, in fact.  But she wasn't adverse to participating in rescues or mayhem, if she was in the mood. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 11, 2020, 08:55:16 PM
Of course, she also didn't want to become stranded in a strange forest, either.  Or risk her life walking into a trap for no good reason...

So she sat and waited.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 12, 2020, 12:17:25 PM
Two rather smallish men come running out of the woods and onto the tavern grounds. They look like nicely dressed short Englishmen of nineteenth century London. One is wider and a bit shorter than the other, and both, in a odd pairing to the rest of their ware, are sporting large, hairy, and rather bare feet. On their backs they carry packs with bedrolls.

"Help, help! Our friends!" they both cry out, waving their arms, then stop with a start at the visage of Rikerg.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 12, 2020, 12:38:11 PM
Peter turned to watch the two Little People scamper past, his mouth open with surprise. He glanced back at Red, then at the strangers. "What's happening?" he asked, trotting quickly to their side.

Inside the Tavern, Reggie heard the cries of strange voices and scrambled for the door to the back porch. There was a small doggy door in it, closed with a latch that Reggie could work with a paw, then he popped out onto the porch.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 12, 2020, 12:53:03 PM
Leonie emerged from the Tavern and from the fog of homesickness, still cradling Tikky in her arms.  "Oh, wow," she said dreamily.  "Really Middle-Earth."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 12, 2020, 02:56:45 PM
When the two people came running, his nostrils flared, and he did indeed mistake them for children. He could tell they were not human, and despite his drowsiness, he had restored much of his energy by eating so he was glad to help them. Even if he hadn't gotten a meal, he wasn't just going to ignore their need.

Rikerg was not surprised by the unresponsiveness of the others. Red had to keep care of the Tavern, and had done enough already, and he was aware of the capricious nature of Fae, so he knew he couldn't predict what Aisling would do. As for the humans, he considered them cowardly or uncaring, at best it seemed they would do a lot of talk rather than help.

Without even noticing the look that the two were giving him or waiting for any information, he went in the direction they had come from. He hurried through the woods, following their scent to find where they had come from.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 12, 2020, 03:57:35 PM
Tikk nestled himself against Leonie in a post-cream bliss, eyes half open even when the strangers showed up.  He trusted Leonie would do something if danger were present.  He sighed and purred louder.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 12, 2020, 11:50:06 PM
Red approached the two strangers a bit slower than Peter, arriving just as they reply to him.

"Our two friends! Swallowed by a tree!" Their wide eyes implore Peter and Red while glancing nervously towards the giant as he lumbers off.

"Swallowed?" Echoed the demoness. "It has a mouth?"

"We were resting and it just opened up and took them. Hurry!" They turned to run.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 12, 2020, 11:58:54 PM
So, the Tusked One was interested in something in the woods.  It was so hard to say what was going on in his head.  But as long as it wasn't too far from the Tavern, in case it started sliding again, Aisling wasn't against stretching her legs a bit.

She heard what the two little men said, but didn't respond to them.  She just quietly headed off in the direction Rikerg had gone.

He was large, so he was still visible for a while before the undergrowth and trees started to obscure him from her view.  But he was large, so she could hear him (not that he was making much noise for his size), and could easily track him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 13, 2020, 02:29:55 AM
Rikerg didn't notice that he was being followed, every so often he stopped to crouch and scent the ground again to be sure he was going the right way. Even though the two had been running, their considerably shorter legs made it so he was soon at the spot they had spoken of.

However, he saw no signs of distress, there was no blood nor signs of a struggle at all. At first, he had assumed that predators had been attracted by his noisy meal and had run into the small men on their way to investigate. He only saw trees and heard quiet birdsong. He got on all fours, snuffling loudly as he tried to pinpoint the exact location of the missing friends.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 13, 2020, 03:47:49 AM
"Show us," Peter responded, trotting at a pace that let the little men lead. They were faster than they looked, and Peter was thankfully able to quicken his pace as they entered the forest. The air under the trees was surprisingly thick and stifling, and he was glad he had thought to pull his hair up into a ponytail off his neck. Reggie arrived at his heels, then ran ahead. following the sounds of Rikerg moving among the rotting undergrowth.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 13, 2020, 03:45:02 PM
Rikerg follows the smell of the small people to a very large and very old willow tree. A good eight feet across, with huge roots spread out next to the lazy river, the willow stands impressively alone. A couple of muffled cries can be heard from within the truck, and a discarded pack sits alone on a root.

The dusky light casts deep shadows as the two halflings lead Peter, Reggie, and Red through the forest along a faint path. They come out to a glen and see Rikerg sniffing about the old willow.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 13, 2020, 05:05:39 PM
"Hmm," Leonie said dubiously, as everyone trekked off after Rikerg and the hobbits.  She looked over her shoulder at the Tavern, where only the octopus lady remained.  "Suppose it leaves while everyone else is gone?"

But, she supposed, there were worse places to be stuck.  "Too bad Longboat didn't stick around," she said wistfully to Sir Tikk as she trotted after everyone else.  "He'd really like it here."

When she came up behind Red and Peter and  saw Old Man Willow with Rikerg sniffing around it, she said, "Oh, um.  This may not be a good idea.  Uh, I don't know how many of you guys know this, but somebody else is supposed to come along and rescue them.  Should we be changing history?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 13, 2020, 05:44:47 PM
"This is history?" Peter looked at Leonie. "I mean, I recognize the story -- I read it a few years ago -- but is it really history? Or is it story? Either way, those guys need help now."

He avoided Rikerg as much as he could as he circled the tree, touching it here and there, noting that it felt warmer than a tree should. Off to the side, Reggie hiked a leg against a nearby bush.

"Hello?" Peter called out. "Can you hear us?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 13, 2020, 07:16:05 PM
EDITED!  (sorry about that!  -- I really should try and proof a bit before posting...  *sigh*)

"The history of this world might differ from that of a similar but alternate world," Aisling said, to no one in particular.  Everyone knew that gates existed to different worlds.  And the Tavern must be able to access such things for its travel.  She'd heard a story-teller posit once (as Aisling was tracking the habits of one of her targets), that it was very possible that worlds existed where all seemed the same, but with different actions spinning off into different results.  Aisling had lived all her life at the commands of the Dark Queen, but she knew that there were doorways that led to other lands, such as that of the Summer Court, and that of the Underworld, and that of the worlds overrun by humans, although few knew how to easily traverse them, and most who did were lost and rarely heard from again.  The same went for the odd creatures that found themselves suddenly in the Unseelie Lands.  Many of the non-fae inhabitants could trace their ancestors to such unlucky creatures who happened to find themselves stuck in the Dark Queen's lands. 

If nothing else, the Tavern proved that many worlds existed, and it knew how to negotiate gates of some kind in order to travel to them.



Trees that captured the unwary...  There were such things in some dark woods of the lands Aisling had come from.  She hadn't ever come across one, herself, since she usually hunted among the villages, towns, and Court of the Queen.  She was definitely not a woodsman of any kind, and would likely be in danger of getting eaten by a tree if she ever did wander in the forests where even the unwise should not venture. 

The Bard would probably have been able to deal with such a tree, Aisling guessed.   

Taking a hatchet to the tree might work, although it might also damage the prisoner or prisoners.  The Demoness's fire might be effective...  The rest of the would be rescuers would probably be as useful as the creatures who ran for help.  Although perhaps the Tusked One might try and uproot the huge willow, whether that was likely to work or not.  She was a little impressed that he seemed like he was actually pausing before rushing ahead, again.  Such a contradictory creature, he was. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 13, 2020, 11:53:31 PM
Rikerg could hear them within the tree, but rather than try to tear into or break the bark, he looked around to try and see a hole they might have climbed and fallen into. He stood up to try and see higher, although the tree didn't smell like it had been climbed by the hobbits.

Being totally unaware of the trilogy, he stared at Leonie when she spoke, what he thought was, complete nonsense. Peter continued this nonsense, and Aisling said something even more difficult to understand. All of this talk had him tilting his head side-to-side like a dog struggling to understand its owner.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 14, 2020, 08:38:39 AM
Sir Tikk looked at the tree curiously but had no inclination to leave the safety of Leonie's arms.  If she put him down that would be another thing but he was quite content right here.  "Do you suppose tress have digestive juices?  I mean if they are still hollering then so far they don't seem to be hurting....well..oxygen possibly?  But then trees aren't exactly air tight...."  Tikky mumbled.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 14, 2020, 12:52:01 PM
"We tried to start a small fire to see if it would release them, but it just tightened its grip," explained one of the hobbits.

"Well, I could set this whole tree on fire," offered Red, "but that would probably just make matters much much worse."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 14, 2020, 02:04:29 PM
"Yeah, the tree isn't supposed to react well to threats," Leonie agreed.  "It has to be coaxed.  And I don't hear anyone tromping along with big boots on, singing at the top of his lungs anyway, so I guess it's up to us.  Shit, I wish Longboat were here.  Or that I had gone into nature magic."

She put Tikky down, then sat on a fallen log and began searching through a textbook she had dug out of her backpack.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 14, 2020, 02:59:25 PM
"Worth a try," Peter said, as Reggie began digging around the roots where he could smell the trapped halflings. Leaning into the bark of the gnarly willow, Peter said softly into a narrow crack in the trunk, "Let them go. You are a tree, you are born of rich earth and clear water. They are not, they don't belong to you -- they are not of you. Let them go free, Old Man Willow."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 14, 2020, 04:26:42 PM
Tikk settled himself with tail curled around his paws at Leonie's feet.  He had no desire to get near a tree that ate people.  Eyeing the others he begins washing his face.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 14, 2020, 05:30:51 PM
Longboat slowly opened his eyes as the smell of a deep and lovely forest filled his nostrils as he climbed out of the basement window well he seemed to have rolled into when he sang Rikerg (and apparently himself) to sleep. This looks much more like my kind of place. It smelled familiar, and gave him the oddest sense of Deja Vu.

He looked around and walked to the tentacled creature in the doorway and said, "Hello, I am Longboat. Is Red about anywhere?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 14, 2020, 05:46:45 PM
"Why hello, dear Longboat," replied the barmaid. "I'm Guinevere." Her left arm tentacle reached out and pointed in a direction off to the left of the front of the tavern. "She and Peter and Reggie and Leonie and Tikk and Aisling followed Rikerg into the forest. There were cries of help and two midget-folk came out of the woods asking for assistance."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 14, 2020, 09:48:25 PM
"Do you think Rikerg needs to be managed, or has his disposition improved since eating?" Longboat thought for a moment, then said, "I guess I should see what is going on. I think I have been in this forest before."

The spot where the party went into the woods was pretty obvious. Longboat was no Sylvan Elf, but this was not going to tax his modest tracking skills.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 15, 2020, 02:24:08 AM
"I wonder how old it is, to be that big and that active?"  Aisling murmured, mostly to herself. 

Perhaps this world just grew big trees able to catch their own food?  The ones in the dark fae woods were usually cursed, or possessed by a spirit.  She had heard of some supposedly carnivorous plants.  Some were nurtured by herbalists as a hobby.  But they were usually smaller and not tree-like.   Maybe she was just showing her inexperience of wood-lore and there were more large creature-eating flora than she realized?

In any case, she thought, looking at how huge and gnarled the old willow was... and yes... there was a sense of malevolence coming off the thing!... It wasn't at all a tree she'd ever think of getting near, much less nap under.  Ugh. 

Well--Aisling felt she would be of no help unless sticking a dagger into the willow would do the trick.  Instead, she kept an eye on their surroundings, just in case.  And kept an eye on Red, since she hoped the Demoness would know if the Tavern started to slide.  Aisling did not at all want to stop in this world.  It looked boring and too forest-y to suit her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 15, 2020, 03:10:09 PM
Peter felt an odd warmth spread over him, like a blanket of thick cotton. Every breath he took seemed to lower his energy, a sapping that surely a nap would cure. Just how long had it been since his last rest? Eons, it felt like...

Rest, rest easy, you are so tired, spoke a voice in his head.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 15, 2020, 03:47:49 PM
Peter tried and failed to stifle a low-oxygen yawn, slumping against the tree's trunk. He tried to push himself away and staggered a little, grabbing onto the rough bark again. This place really is stuffy, he thought groggily.

He leaned against the willow, his thoughts slowing to a trickle, and bonelessly lid to sit at the base of the tree. He remained upright for a moment, then lowered himself to the thick leaf litter that blanketed the forest floor. The heady scent of plant rot filled his nostrils as his eyes slid shut.

Reggie jumped to his side. **Peter? What are you doing?**

"Napping," Peter murmured, then fell silent.

The terrier shook Peter with an anxious paw. **Peter? Peter? Wake up!** he began to bark in alarm.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 15, 2020, 04:39:35 PM
Tikk paused his washing when Peter started sliding down, then when Reggie panicked he ran over to help the terrier.  Not strong enough to beat Reggie's shaking he gently tried nipping ears, nose and fingertips.  "Wakey wakey!!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 15, 2020, 08:15:44 PM
When Peter sang to the willow, Rikerg stared at him, once he'd finished a low sound started in his throat, and it came out a laugh. He wasn't laughing at the ridiculousness of speaking to a tree, he knew that there was a language and spirit to all forests, but Peter attempting to speak it, or even just be understood, was comical.

"You truly think that a tree would do as a human, of all creatures, bid it to?" He chuckled a bit more. He still did not know the whole story of it, having rushed off before hearing it, and didn't think much of Peter suddenly getting drowsy.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 15, 2020, 09:16:10 PM
Reggie looked up to glare at Rikerg. **Species bigot** he growled, then crawled up under Peter's arm to lick his face.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 15, 2020, 10:56:02 PM
Roots began to move about Peter, and the side of the old willow near to him parted.

The muffled cries grew louder at the movement. "Help! Help! It's getting tighter!"

Red jumped forward and grabbed Peter's ankle, pulling and lifting him like a long fish. "Oh no you don't!" she scolded the tree.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 16, 2020, 03:32:14 AM
"Hey! Come merry dol! derry dol! My darling!
Light goes the weather-wind and the feathered starling.
Down along under Hill, shining in the sunlight,
Waiting on the doorstep for the cold starlight,"

The odd song popped into his thoughts, from deep in his memory as Longboat followed the obvious path everyone had taken through the woods (though he did notice some ways the forest was altering the path to confuse those not familiar with sylvan trickery).
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 16, 2020, 10:15:22 AM
Tikk scrambled as the tree attempted to...pull? eat? Peter.  "Leonie! Do SOMETHING!!"  Tikk screeched in complete panic mode dodging tree roots.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 16, 2020, 12:57:46 PM
Leonie had been too absorbed in her book to realize Peter was putting himself in danger until Reggie started barking.  Then she wasn't sure what to do.  When the tree roots started moving, she started a spell to snatch him away by telekineses, but Red rescued him first.  "Bring him here.  I'll try to wake him!"

Then she heard Longboat singing.  "Oh, it's about time!" she said, and turned toward the sound, thinking he was someone else.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 16, 2020, 01:40:03 PM
"Hey de ho, Hey de ho,
 Who's making fuss?
Why all the row?

"So is it always one crisis to the next, or am I ever going to get to finish a nap?" Longboat asked, looking at Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 16, 2020, 06:43:56 PM
When the tree started to grab the man, Rikerg belatedly realized this was a kind of trap that the tree had made, and that was how he had gotten the others in where they couldn't escape. Red was working on getting the human free, but Rikerg could smell where the tree had opened itself up and moved over to the hole. He stuck his fist into the the parted bark, trying to keep it from closing again.

"Come out!" he told the ones trapped in there.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 16, 2020, 07:22:43 PM
Interesting... a sleep spell to incapacitate victims, Aisling thought.  That makes sense for a tree that must necessarily be a trap-hunter. 

Red was already pulling the human away.  And Rikerg, doing the risky and bold thing by trying to save the prisoners of the tree.  Oh---and the Bard!  That one truly was useful to have around. 

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 16, 2020, 08:16:03 PM
"Aaaalll right, Mr Willow, what are you up too," Longboat said with a radiant smile.  He looked around a bit more, slowly put two and two together, and his smile turned to a look of horror.

"Wait, it's two of these?" he began again, waiving at the remaining Halflings, looking almost hysterical, "trapped in the tree?"

"This is much more serious than I realized. The little folk should be fine, but clearly Mr Willow does not understand the danger these particular civilized folk and their possessions can cause to woodland beings. Or perhaps he is already experiencing some of the paralysis, and is unable to release them. Don't worry Mr Willow, we will get you taken care of," and he reached down and began lovingly massaging the nearest root with one hand and gathering leaves and needles with the other.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 17, 2020, 12:43:26 PM
Leonie brightened into a smile at the sight of Longboat.  "Oh, I thought you had left us!"  Clearly delighted he hadn't.

"Yeah -- two hobbits," she answered him meaningfully.  She was relieved.  Longboat, even though he was panicking, would know what to do -- whether to interfere with history or not.  Following that train of thought, it occurred to her that perhaps they already had.  "Hm, I wonder if the Tavern landed on somebody's house.  Somebody else who's good at singing to, um, willow trees."

Since Longboat was dealing with the tree, she moved over to Peter and tried to gently slap him awake.  "C'mon, Pete.  Wake up!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 17, 2020, 01:07:16 PM
The tree begins to close on Rikerg's fist. The hole doesn't seem to be holding any of the trapped small people.

In the close presence of the giant willow tree Rikerg feels it's affect. After the pig meal, a good nap would be nice. A warmth spills over him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 17, 2020, 03:30:47 PM
Reggie stood, closely watching what Longboat was doing to the tree. Looked a little... like human mating behavior to him. The muffled sounds of the two halflings, still inside the tree, was fairly clear to the dog's ears.

Peter gave a sharp snort as his blue eyes fluttered open, staring up at Leonie in confusion. "What... Did I... Did I fall asleep?"

Reggie's head whipped around at Peter's voice and he scrambled back to his friend's side, licking his face with relief.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 17, 2020, 03:51:10 PM
He expected Longboat would be able to fix this, simply because the bard seemed highly skilled. When he felt the tree closing around his fist, he tried to pry it free with the claws on his other hand. He had been about to fall asleep before he came here, so when the tree started to work his magic, he fell asleep faster than Peter did. Rikerg slumped facedown onto the tree's roots almost immediately.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 17, 2020, 06:33:41 PM
Oooh!  That's some Willow! -- Aisling thought as she watched the Tusked One slowly slump over onto the roots.    She wasn't impressed by much, but she hadn't thought the sleep spell would work on Rikerg.  Small folk and humans, yes, but it didn't look as if much would affect the Tusked One.

She knew she wouldn't be able to help pull the big creature away from the tree.  She was strong for a fae, but not that strong.  Besides... she had every expectation that Longboat would be able to do something that would help.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 17, 2020, 09:43:46 PM
With one hand, Longboat followed the tree root back toward the tree, pinching it just slightly, leaving a pattern of barely discernible divots along the root. He was sending calm, warm, woody, grounded energy to the main trunk. With his other hand, he was forming the leaves and twigs into a sort of whisk broom.

"Don't worry Old Man Willow,
When Summer lies upon the world,
      and in a noon of gold
Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves
      the dreams of trees unfold;
When woodland halls are green and cool,
      and wind is in the West,
Come back to me, Come back to me,
      and say my land is best!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 18, 2020, 06:14:40 PM
The large old willow tree begins to relax from the efforts of Longboat. The exposed roots visibly change from looped trip hazards to flat ropes of wood.  It releases Rikerg's fist and the willow's leaves shudder and sigh in the twilight air.

Red sets Peter off onto some grass and then turns to Leonie. "Do you think you could levitate Rikerg away?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 19, 2020, 12:58:53 PM
Leonie rolled her eyes in the best tradition of spoiled, arrogant Brakebills kids.  "If I must," she said with a notable lack of enthusiasm.  "And if the Circumstances aren't too weird here."

For once, she had a pretty good idea where she was, assuming The Shire was on the same latitude as England and that the continental drift of Valinor hadn't significantly changed its longitude either.  And she knew that it was late September (after The Birthday), which meant she had a good idea where the Pleiades were.  She adjusted her position carefully, took the relative humidity into account, and cast the spell with professional crispness in all her gestures.

The snoozing Rikerg gently floated off the ground and drifted away from the tree.  "Do we have a pit I can drop him in?" 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 19, 2020, 01:12:41 PM
Peter sat up, hugging the dog, who was still trying to reach Peter's face with his tongue, and watched Leonie levitate Rikerg away. "What happened?" He looked toward the two hobbits. "Are their friends still in there?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 19, 2020, 07:02:00 PM
"They are still in there," Aisling said.

Sleep-inducing, malicious Willows aside, the forest seemed quite benign to her.   She could sense no unnatural (as in, not natural to this particular wood) magic.  It was an old wood, but so were the forests of the Dark Queen.  Those dark fae forests were very, very malevolent in comparison.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 19, 2020, 07:44:10 PM
"Wow.  I didn't know you talked," Leonie said in Aisling's direction. 

She regretted her impulsive snideness almost immediately, having seen how deadly Aisling could be, but it was too late to take it back.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 20, 2020, 10:07:24 AM
"Leonie!"  Sir Tikk chided.  "Although I do say I approve of the pit idea..." he trailed off looking away.   "Think a chainsaw would do it? We'd have firewood for ages!  And it's not like the forest would miss one tree."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 20, 2020, 03:05:33 PM
Peter scratched Reggie's ears. "I'm fine, pal," he said. "I'm okay."

He stood, looking around at the surrounding trees, that seemed to be leaning ominously over the group. "I don't think a chainsaw would be very advisable right now, Tikk. Longboat, how are things going?"

He watched the roots relax and flatten out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 21, 2020, 01:58:57 AM
"Oh no no no no no," sang Longboat toward Sir Tikk, "We are trying to save the tree from the toxic possessions and auras of civilization. We must get the little ones out unharmed to keep this great Willow healthy and able to continue to keep this fine forest safe. I'm sure you all know that without defenders, forests like this suffer the depredations of civilization too easily. Mr Willow was just doing his job, and simply does not realize his own safety depends on keeping these little ones moving on out of this forest. The forest would definitely miss THIS tree."

All the while, he kept massaging  the roots, probing for what would pass for a central nervous system in such an arboreal being, and sending calming energy that would make Old Man Willow more understanding of and amenable to Longboat's concerns.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 21, 2020, 04:12:06 PM
Old Man Willow relaxes from Longboat's magical massage. The spaces between the folds of bark on the massive truck separate, revealing dark pockets that include the two missing hobbits. They scramble out gasping to fill their lungs.

"I'm not sleeping, gasp under a tree ever again," exclaims one.

"I not, gasp going near a tree, gasp at all," emphasized the other.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 22, 2020, 01:15:01 AM
"Mr Willow, let's get you all cleaned up," said Longboat, as he quickly swept the folds of bark with the small broom he had fashioned. "As for you, little ones, you need to move on quickly to the West, before the Sun sets. We will make sure the tree is safe and strong."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 22, 2020, 04:33:25 AM
Peter approached the four halflings, brushing leaf litter off his clothes and out of his hair. "Are you folks all right?" he asked. "Anyone hurt? Do you need anything for your journey?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 22, 2020, 03:26:09 PM
"I still think a chainsaw would have been faster..."mumbled Tikk under his breath as he watched everything unfold.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 22, 2020, 03:29:27 PM
"Uh, are they going to be okay?" Leonie questioned Longboat, regarding the hobbits.  "I mean, Tom Bombadil is supposed to rescue them from the Barrow-Wights too, and now they haven't even met him.  Or are these different hobbits?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 23, 2020, 09:15:54 AM
"Well someone could just ask them their names?"  Tikk eyed the short humans from the safety of Leonie's feet.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 23, 2020, 10:23:52 AM
"Well when I told Professor Tolkien this particular story, I was pretty sure it was what you would refer to as Urban Folklore, and then there is Tolkien's ample imagination to further lead us away from any actual events. But as with many such tales, there apparently is still a kernel of truth," he said to Leonie. "Our best bet is to say and do as little as possible, other than generic well wishes for our new acquaintances, and showing them the best way out of the forest."

"It's that way, and the forest will help expel you," he continued to the Halflings. "Our intentions are honorable, and we wish you the best, but we are likely to cause trouble if we interact too much. As such we will wait until our next (and hopefully happier) encounter for any sort of proper introductions," he added as he leaned over and gave the Old Willow as much of a bear hug as he could, hoping he would stay cooperative long enough for the Halflings to leave the forest.

"The last thing is to hope for a slide as soon as possible. I do not like the sense that I might be crossing my own timeline."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 23, 2020, 07:27:13 PM
Aisling paid no mind to Leonie's words, as she sensed no threat and didn't care about inflections and human social niceties in general.  The talk of stories and timelines was also beyond her immediate concerns.  It seemed to have to do with Longboat's home-world and stories the human had heard that had a bearing on the small folk and the willow and other events. 

Aisling continued to check their surrounding in case something like a Bombadil or Barrow appeared. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 24, 2020, 12:44:50 PM
On receiving confirmation that Longboat was a Tolkien Elf, Leonie fangirled herself nearly into a tizzy.  "Oh, my God!  I thought so.  I was sure you were... Oh, wow!  This is amazing." 

Her concentration slipping away from the levitation spell, she let Rikerg drop with a thump to the leafy forest floor.  Turning pink, she  fanned herself with a folder from her backpack. " God, I'm sorry.  I think I'm hyperventilating." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 24, 2020, 12:51:02 PM
Red looks over the four halflings with a welcoming smile. "Well, now that that's been taken care of, let's see to you four. The Sliding Tavern is right over here. There are drinks and food for you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 24, 2020, 05:40:17 PM
Longboat gives the Willow a last hug and dances off to the Tavern.

"The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinúviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 25, 2020, 02:51:21 AM
Rikerg remained asleep even after the tree had gone to sleep himself. Even floating through the air did nothing to wake him, in fact, it helped him sleep deeper.

When he hit the ground, however, he sat up with a gnarl and a flurry of dead leaves. What had happened before he fell asleep was a bit blurry, but it seemed that the halflings were freed.

He saw Longboat give the tree a hug, and his opinion on the elf improved. Rikerg moved after him, wanting to hear him sing more.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 25, 2020, 03:43:44 AM
Aisling followed the Demoness back to the Tavern.    She wondered if the small folk were going to join them for a slide, as well.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 25, 2020, 08:57:14 AM
Sir Tikk ogled Leonie'a reaction to Longboat, then laughed out loud.  Turning, and still chuckling, he follows Aisling along the trail they blazed getting there.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 25, 2020, 11:59:26 AM
"That sounds wonderful, miss," replied one. "I'm Sam, by the way, and this is Frodo, and the two rescued are Merry and Pippin."

Frodo gives Sam the stink eye. "Sam!"

"What, Mr. Frodo, these here fine people helped us out."

"We're not supposed to be advertising our names, remember?"

"I'm sure Gandalf didn't mean to include those who helped us along the way."

In short order the party reaches the tavern, and Red holds the door open for the hobbits. She looks at Leonie.

"So you've read of this world, and of these events?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 25, 2020, 02:54:06 PM
Peter, whose overtures of concern and offer to help the hobbits had gone entirely ignored even as he was standing right next to them, shrugged and looked down at Reggie. "Maybe I'm wearing a ring of invisibility," he murmured, mildly hurt. "Can you see me, Reggie?"

The dog cocked his head. **Yeah, I see you. Don't get what you're talking about, but I see you. I'll always see you**

"Thanks, pal," Peter smiled, bending down to ruffle Reggie's ears. "Come on -- I was going to feed you when all this went down."

**YEAH!!** Reggie barked happily, jumping up and down as Peter started back toward the Tavern, trailing way after the others.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 26, 2020, 01:03:11 PM
"I can see you," Leonie told Peter, although Longboat still seemed to have a lot of her attention.  "Um, hey, was anybody listening when Longboat said we should not interact too much because he's crossing his own timestream?"

Longboat himself was waltzing off and singing about elf-maidens with starlight in their hair while the halflings followed, so she added, "Was Longboat even listening to himself?"

She ground her teeth while following the others.  Longboat's song made her pat her own ordinary dandelion hair in a disgruntled way.  "Yeah," she answered Red.  "It's called The Lord of the Rings.  There's even a movie now.  Well, there's even a good movie now.  Several of them."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 26, 2020, 02:10:21 PM
"Lord of the Rings?" Red parroted back to Leonie. She knew of movies: illusionary scenes, both real and imagined, that are shown on a wall, but did not know of that one. "So your talk of someone abominable coming to rescue them is from that movie?"

Red was about the follow the hobbits into the tavern when she bumped into them as they came backpedaling out.

"Wha?" The demoness uttered.

The four travelers were all gazing in alarm at Guenevere and her undulating tentacles. 

"Greetings," she said pleasantly, which did little to assuage the hobbit's fears.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 26, 2020, 09:32:24 PM
"I'd imagine there would be a host of creatures who would pause at coming upon a non-humanoid creature with multiple tentacles that doesn't seem as if they would be land-dwelling serving drinks," Aisling said to herself at seeing the backup by the Tavern's entrance.  Those small folk were a little too unwary for being travelers... no wonder they got swallowed by trees.

The small folks seemed unlikely to have anything to do with an epic saga of any kind, such as seemed to concern the humans.  What sort of heroic tale told of being entrapped by trees?   Even the bard seemed unlikely to be a figure of legends.  Massaging roots and fixing holes in barns and soothing beasts was all very well, but Aisling had never heard any tales featuring such.  There were whole sections of wood that no one dared enter in the Dark Fae lands, because they would never be heard of again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 27, 2020, 02:02:26 PM
"Tom Bombadil," Leonie said, but she was starting to regret mentioning the word ring.  It might lead Red, or Aisling, or Rikerg to question the hobbits and lay themselves open to being tempted by... 

"Holy shit!" she said, slapping her forehead and glaring at Longboat in a way she hoped he picked up on.  The One Ring was in the Tavern.  Never mind the dangers of Longboat crossing his own timestream, this was fucking serious.  She was just a 23-year-old grad student,  Red and etc. didn't know about the Ring, so could be excused... but was Longboat out of his mind?  "What are we doing?  What are you thinking?"

She shot another look at Peter, an appeal for moral support; he surely knew they were playing with fire.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 27, 2020, 02:16:17 PM
"I think," Peter said quietly, as he walked with Longboat and Leonie, "we probably shouldn't be talking about any of this. If I recall, things are listening."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 27, 2020, 03:43:52 PM
"Mister Frodo, Sir," started Sam. "I don't believe this here is such a good idea."

"It's okay Sam," consoled the Ring Bearer.

Red smiled again. "Ah, that's Guenevere. She's a bit unique, but terrific woman. Don't worry, no harm will come to you here." She glances out at Rikerg unconsciously. She steps past the hobbits and into the bar.

"Sweetie, can you get four pints of ale for our weary travelers?"

"Certainly, Miss."

"It comes in pints?" Asks Pippin.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on August 27, 2020, 05:40:21 PM
When they got back to the grounds, Rikerg sniffed the air a bit before he settled back down onto the ground. There didn't seem to be anything to be concerned about, even though he could tell the two humans were agitated about something, it still sounded like nonsense to him. Even if it didn't, he could tell that the others weren't very worried and figured it must be the fragile nerves of the humans acting up. He curled up and fell asleep just as fast as he had when the tree had worked his magic on him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 27, 2020, 08:21:18 PM
It was dark now. The fireflies came out in full force, and bioluminescent algae glowed in the still water. Frogs, crickets, and various insects provided a symphony to complete the pastoral scene.

The lanterns and candles of the tavern came on automagically. Out in the barn, creatures bedded down for the night.

"Cheers," offered the demoness, holding up a beer of her own as the hobbits sat down at a table nearest the door. The four gazed in wide wonder at the tall flagons set before them by long arm tentacles.

But off in the distance, at the edge of the Old Forest, something drew closer. The trees shrank back from the dark presence.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 27, 2020, 09:27:26 PM
Aisling sat down with a fresh flagon of ale.   

The small folk looked happy after their initial surprise at seeing the Tentacled One.  Hopefully they would have time to recover from their ordeal and finish their drinks before the Tavern slid...

The human mageling still seemed upset about something, staring hard and whispering at the other human and the Bard.   

It really wasn't one of Aisling's skills, but she could make out some sort of magic artifact held by one of the small folk, but there was something about them that dampened magic, so she wasn't quite sure what it was that she sensed, exactly.  But it was likely connected to the human's concerns.  There was something a bit elusive and unsavory about what the small folk carried, which was much at odds with their natures.  It was likely they were unwitting carriers of whatever it was.  A cursed object, most likely.

A slight sense of wariness came upon her.  Perhaps that trickle of evil was enough to stir a tree?  To disconcert the humans, certainly.  To... perhaps attract dark things? 

The woods looked darker and more impenetrable than ever in the gathering gloom.  Even Aisling's fae sight could not make out any approaching creature, friend or foe.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 28, 2020, 04:17:37 PM
Sir Tikk wended his way through the feet and legs, making sure to swipe his tail against things.  Once inside he hopped (rather ungracefully unless he gets some help) onto the bar and chirps happily at Guenevere .  "Warm milk,  please?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 28, 2020, 04:34:34 PM
Peter stopped short of the porch steps leading up to the Tavern door, and squeezed Leonie's shoulder. "Reggie and I are heading around to the kitchen door," he said. "Reggie needs his dinner."

Reggie began jumping up and down again, tongue lolling happily. **Yeah!! Dinner!!**

"When Gwen's behind the bar," Peter explained, "I don't like to try to get past her to the kitchen. Too much risk of stepping on a tentacle or two. I'll see the three of you inside."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 28, 2020, 11:19:23 PM
Longboat looked around the outside of the Tavern with his hand on his beard sniffing the air. "I'm glad everyone took my advice..." he mused as he stared into the forest.

Then he turned. "You seem familiar with the Professor's Tome, Leonie. You will hopefully not be too alarmed to learn the general thrust of the story is quite true, even if the details have been fudged. It would appear we have a choice between sliding with our new guests, or sending them into inappropriate levels of danger."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 29, 2020, 03:33:55 PM
"Okay, Pete.  See ya," Leonie responded.  Act normal, seemed to be the message he was trying to project.

Though still anxious, she was flattered to have Longboat seemingly asking her advice.  She went pink again.  "Um.  Seems like it would also be dangerous for us to have them come along."  She lowered her voice significantly.  "I mean, heck, even I'm thinking about what I could do with the --with  that thing, you know -- and I'm forewarned!"

She thought about it for a few seconds and then added, "And I doubt they'd be happy coming with us.  This is their home.  Their quest.  Their life's purpose.  Yeah, it's a lot danger, a lot of suffering they go through.  But would they really thank us for taking them away from it, if they knew?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on August 30, 2020, 01:09:29 AM
"Keep an eye out as you head around, Peter, and think about what defenses you might have against undead." Then Longboat turned to Leonie. "I am pretty sure we have to leave them here with any random cargo they may happen to be carrying. And out of immediate range of the likely danger I think we both sense off in the woods. Old Man Willow will reawaken soon, and could help our young guests if he has realized they are on the same side..." Longboat thought for a moment. "I am old and senile compared to my former self, and too tired to think of taking on this level of Necromancy, but we must resolve this before the Tavern slides."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on August 30, 2020, 12:58:44 PM
Peter paused as he went around the Tavern's corner, then poked his head back around as he heard Longboat's warning. "Undead? Undead? Of course, undead. Why not?"

The air had been growing stuffier, more oppressive as they had been talking. Peter was especially sensitive to portends of a supernatural nature as a side effect of his psychometry, and he had been growing steadily more uneasy. "Shoot them in the head, right?" he said, keeping his voice as even as he could.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on August 30, 2020, 06:05:20 PM
Red headed over to Gwen. "I'll take over, Sweetie. You probably should go and bathe. You don't want to dry out too much."

The tentacled barmaid nodded, gave the demoness a kiss, and headed on back to the basement. She waved as she went. "It was good to meet you all, come on down to my room if you ever want someone with a good ear to listen with no judgement."

Red petted the cat and poured a bowl of cream from the magical ice box. She then held the bowl in her hand a moment and gave it to Tikk, now nice and warm.

"There you go pussy."

The hobbits had relaxed a bit once some food and ale filled their stomaches. But Sam still looked about nervously, and Frodo kept looking worried. Merry and Pippin, however were arguing about the lyrics of a particularly bawdy tune.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on August 31, 2020, 03:19:04 PM
"Undead?" Leonie said, puzzled for a moment.  Then -- "Oh!"

She couldn't actually sense anything off in the woods -- Psychic magic was not her Discipline -- but she nodded anyway because she knew what he must be sensing (and besides, it was Dreamboat -- er, Longboat.  Yes, Longboat.)

"Uh, they... don't like fire, right?  Red could handle one, I bet."  At least, Red could handle one here, so far away from the Nazguls' power source in Mordor.  "We'd better talk to her."  Leonie could do a fire spell too, if it came to that, but it would come easy to Red.  Practically no chance of her screwing it up.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on August 31, 2020, 04:54:41 PM
Tikk started purring loudly as soon as the cream appeared, after it was warmed up he settled in to lap up warmed cream in pure bliss.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on August 31, 2020, 09:26:15 PM
It was difficult for Aisling NOT to be hyper-aware of her surroundings at all times, having grown up at the Dark Queen's court, and then having plans to escape, and then fleeing hunters. 

She sat quietly.  The humans and the bard were whispering at the door.  The small folk were both watchful and unwary.  It was possible that there was something more than difficult trees out in the forest.

Would Dream-walking reveal anything?  She began searching through the area in wide sweeps.  There were strange fragments she couldn't quite grasp--perhaps tree dreams?  Snatches of scurrying and insects.  She had never sensed trees' or small animals' dreams before.  Perhaps it was just being in this strange world?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 01, 2020, 06:53:25 PM
The three rode beasts, which from a distance could be considered horses, though they no longer had any heart that beat. They had pursued and been stopped just in sight of Their quarry. But the thieves had crossed the Brandywine river by ferry, and They were forced to go north, to the East Road. From there They then traveled southward, and into the Old Forest.

The Forest hated Their presence. But it also feared, for They had the smell on Them. The touch of the Evil One that had destroyed so many trees through the Ages. With fire and ax the armies and beasts had cut back the majestic forests of old. Dragons and Balrogs and Orcs had nearly wiped them all out, and shrank their domain to a pittance of what it once was. Yet here, here they remained.

It tried to hedge Them away, with confusion and fear, but Their powers were strong, and They were pulled, pulled towards Their Master's lost possession. The three came upon the Withywindle river and followed it downstream. And as the night drew late, They saw lantern light gleaming through the boughs. There was much magic here, had the little thieves found a sanctuary?

It would avail them not.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 02, 2020, 05:40:07 PM
Snatches of dreams turned very dark:  freezing, starving, chased-hunted-killed.  Slow, confused scenes of metal on limbs and burning or rotting or insects eating...

That's not good, Aisling thought.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 03, 2020, 11:05:41 AM
Longboat looked gravely at Leonie and said, "let's go have a quick planning session with Red and Aisling." Then he stepped into the Tavern and asked Red, "May I have a word?" indicating a desire to speak out of earshot of the Hobbits. He then turned to Aisling and said, "I have some information for you as well."

Then he turned to the Halflings and said, "you should take a brief rest while we make a quick plan to get you safely on your way."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 03, 2020, 11:52:00 AM
Red nods and heads for the study. Holding the door open for Leonie, Aisling, and Longboat. Seeing Peter heading for the kitchen, she calls to him.

"Peter darling, perhaps you could see our four guests up to a vacant room?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 03, 2020, 11:56:39 AM
Leonie slipped in after the Elf, nerves jangling.  "It's important," she said to Red.  Seeing Tikky had finished his cream and was licking it off his whiskers, she picked him up for some calming strokes.  He was as good as a worry stone. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 03, 2020, 12:17:19 PM
Tikk burped lightly and snuggled against Leonie, his purr already starting to rumble quietly.  His eyes closed to slits as he went limp in Leonie's arms, trusting her to keep him from sliding out of her arms.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 03, 2020, 01:41:49 PM
Peter, who had rejoined Leonie and Longboat at the front door instead of remaining outside and out of sight, nodded at Red. "You got it," he said, stepping inside. To Reggie, he said, "Can you hold on a moment?"

**No!** Reggie yipped, pouting. **Dinner now**

"I happen to know you won't starve in the next few minutes," Peter said sympathetically, heading toward the hobbits. "Hi," he smiled, trying not to telegraph the creepy-crawly feelings he was still getting from whatever was approaching the Tavern. "I'm Peter. Huge fan, by the way. Here, let me show you folks to your room."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 03, 2020, 03:08:10 PM
"We have no time to waste. My thesis is that there is a troublingly powerful undead hunting the little ones. It is critical that we get them on their way as soon as possible and that we do what we can to make their journey safe. They must complete their mission, or there could be unpleasant consequences for me since we have apparently crossed my time line, in addition to an entire world falling into unspeakable darkness..."

As Longboat trailed off, he stood staring off into the distance, and a great sadness seemed to come over him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 03, 2020, 05:51:27 PM
Tikk's head popped up at Longboat's announcement and he screeched "WHAT??!!"  His hair poofed out and he tensed up and started looking around.  "Don't let the undead eat me!   I'm too handsome to get eaten," Tikk appealed to Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 03, 2020, 11:10:26 PM
Aisling blinked slowly, coming out of her Dream-walking as the Bard called to her.

So...  something coming after the small folk.  Something undead... powerfully undead, at that.  Fascinating.  But she knew next to nothing about dealing with the undead.  It's true that some likened the undead to the dark fae, particularly the fae who dealt with spirits and such things as the Wyld Hunt.  Or with certain dark powers. 

Aisling, though, was primarily one who sent living beings off to be spirits (if they were the type of beings who tended to become spirits, anyway.  Most fae-ish types simply were beyond recall after death.  Of course... UNdead meant that they weren't exactly dead, as in dead and gone.  Hmmm...

Hopefully the bard would know of ways to deal with these undead. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 03, 2020, 11:33:10 PM
Merry and Pippin smile up at Peter. It's obvious they have drunk too much. "Big Fan?" asked Pippin. "Have you seen us sing?" He starts to climb up on the table, pulling at Merry to join.

"Yes, that would be most helpful, Sir Peter." Sam looked angrily at the two young hobbits.

Frodo was looking slightly sick and pale. His eyes opened and closed slowly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 04, 2020, 04:30:57 AM
Peter noticed Frodo's condition about the same time as Pippin began to climb up on the table. "It's just Peter, thanks," he said distractedly to Sam. He leaned over Frodo, speaking to the handsome young hobbit in a low voice. "Are you all right? Do you feel it too?"

Reggie began pacing around the table, hackles raised. He was picking up on the encroaching evil, as well.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 04, 2020, 05:02:17 PM
Rikerg remained asleep through the rest of the day, and he would have continued not to stir for the night as well if it weren't for the approaching Undead. He didn't take notice of their aura at first like the others, but he was awoken by the smell of fear coming from the forest. The stench was almost overpowering, and he snorted as he woke up and looked around. He'd never experienced such a collective amount of fear, like the trees themselves were afraid, except in the instance of a forest fire. There was no scent or sign of smoke, and there weren't any creatures fleeing, it was like they were waiting for whatever was coming to pass them by. He got up, shaking himself off and stretching as he looked around, feeling the unease creep over him like it had the rest.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 04, 2020, 07:30:55 PM
"Shh! You'll scare the hobbits," Leonie chided Tikky.  "Nothing is going to eat you.  Red, these undead are supposed to be vulnerable to fire, at least that's what I've heard.  Other than than, only a specially enchanted blade would hurt them."

She noticed Longboat getting all sad and noble and her heart melted, but she had no idea what to say.  She just made googly eyes at him and sighed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 04, 2020, 10:01:04 PM
"They are very close," says Frodo with fear in his eyes. Merry and Pippin sobered up enough to get serious once they saw Sam and Frodo's worry.

"We need to hide," said Sam.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 04, 2020, 10:10:38 PM
"I'm not so sure the trees would be very happy if I start fireballing undead," pointed out the demoness. "But if that's what it's going to take, then let's flambe."

A cold wind sweeps through the tavern grounds, kicking up leaves and banging open the front door. It's not a pleasant breeze, instead it brings a nerve-tingling shiver up the inn-mates spines. The lanterns and lights, both artificial and real, suddenly flicker, wane, then grow steady. The three dark riders have approached the tavern, stopping just outside the demarcation of the grounds. To look upon them is to know fear and death and decay. All hope is lost.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 04, 2020, 10:29:09 PM
"Okay," Peter said briskly, retrieving the sword belt he had grabbed earlier for his walk in Ankh-Morkpork, and a pair of loaded pistols. None of the weapons Peter knew of were small enough for hobbit hands. "Follow me."

Once he was sure Frodo could walk, he led the hobbits out of the bar to a set of stairs leading down to the basement. He led them to the right past the wine cellar and showed them to a fair-sized cell with three padded benches in it. It was an interior room, sharing no exterior walls. Peter took the key ring off the wall and unlocked the door. "This is one of the most defensible areas in the Tavern," Peter said, opening the heavy iron-strapped door.

Faintly, up above, Peter heard the Tavern door bang open. "Hurry," he hissed, as Reggie began to growl harshly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 05, 2020, 08:12:17 AM
"I'm scared, yup for sure and rightly scared!  You should be glad I used the forest floor on the way back scared!"  Tikky's fur stood on end all over as he stared at the scene at the forest's edge.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 05, 2020, 11:35:01 PM
Longboat suddenly snapped out of his dour depression, threw down his hat (which landed perfectly on the nearest chair), threw down his jacket (which draped itself over the same chair), and ripped off his bandanna (for the first time) as his hair flew back like it was carried by the wind as he stood on the bow of a great elven swan ship.

"They are here!"


"No sense being too obvious," he continued as he bent over, grabbed a blanket, and shuffled out of the study toward the front porch. He was trying to look non threatening, but there was a crazy fire in his eyes, and he was singing,

"Arise now! Arise, defenders of the light,
Dire deeds Awaken, Darkness is afoot,
Let heart be resolved, let horn be sounded"

"Forth Tavernites"

As he concluded, he felt the circle of Radiant energy flow out to the edge of the Tavern grounds, hopefully discouraging the Litch Kings, and resolving the Tavernites against their influence. He looks for Reikerg.

He had fought them before, and had a very long time to think about what he would do differently.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 06, 2020, 03:40:22 AM
Aisling had never tried to fight undead before, much less THESE particular undead.  They were certainly cursed creatures.  Anyone could sense that.  Foul magic poured off of them, apparent even from afar.  It almost seemed as if the forest crept slowly away, so awful was the presence of these hunters.  So much worse than the Queen's Hunters, and that was saying something.  But Aisling wasn't sure of what these things could actually DO.  Yes, they spewed fear in vast amounts all about them... but although fear could do a lot, it wasn't THAT bad.  Being immune from all but magic weapons and fire... that could be a problem in getting rid of them, but not necessarily something too difficult to deal with.  However, it was likely their weapons were cursed, which WAS something in their favor.  And their mounts, likely also safe from all but magic weapons and fire, looked as if they would be helpful in a fight.

Aisling slid out the door swiftly and surely, as the Bard went to face these dark hunters.  There was something similar to the Wyld Hunt about them:  formerly human wights, mounted on shadow beasts.

Out of habit she slid into shadow, of which there was plenty, between the lights of the Tavern and the last hints of twilight.

She was shocked when one of the hunters turned and seemed to look right at her. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 06, 2020, 11:28:39 AM
Rikerg didn't know how to respond to these beings, he had fought undead before, though he disliked it. They were also humanoid, and as he hadn't been privy to the conversation indoors he didn't know if Red would be upset with him for attacking them.

He wanted to attack them very much as their fear was getting to him, and his response to fear was to attack the source of it. At the same time, he also wanted to flee, so intense was the strange magic around them. He would have likely just stood there the entire time, stuck between fight or flight, if it weren't for Longboat.

As soon as he felt the positive magic wash over him, he was able to move back, keeping his eyes on the beings. When he reached the Tavern, he finally looked toward it, seeing that Longboat was more beautiful than ever.

"Are they enemies?" He asked.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 06, 2020, 09:09:42 PM
All Brakebills students were taught to erect mental wards and to keep them up.  Leonie's were good, but not good enough to repel the powerful fear and despair emanating from the Nazgul.  On seeing them on the edge of the Tavern grounds, she gasped for breath and clutched Tikky tighter.  In another moment she might have started sobbing.

But then Longboat unleashed his hair, and it seemed to her that a subtle light shone through his form as if through a veil.  Terror vanished, leaving her warm with hope and also rather pissed off.  "Those creepy fucking turds!" she snapped.  She put Sir Tikk down on the bar.  "Stay safe here." 

She tossed off her leather jacket, put her hair back with a. scrungie and followed Longboat.  "Let's get the sons of bitches!  Oh, hell, yes!" she added, for Rikerg's benefit.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 06, 2020, 11:39:23 PM
The blast of goodness from Longboat radiated out from the tavern. The horse-creatures cried and reared, but their masters did not yield ground. Each drew a longsword, dark yet gleaming. "Give us the halfling, He-Elf," intoned the head Nazgul. His voice was a harsh whisper, yet it carried throughout the tavern grounds.

Red had followed Longboat and the others out of to the front porch and down the steps. She unfurled her whip and it crackled with a loud snap as lightning ran down its length. As a demon she was immune to fear, and the undead had no hold over her. "You messed with the wrong people," she calmly informed the riders, her eyes glowing red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 06, 2020, 11:46:19 PM
One of the black riders moves to the left along the tavern grounds' edge, while the others stand firm. He stares directly at what appears to be nothing. Aisling however, knows it is she who he tracks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 07, 2020, 12:02:29 AM
Longboat looked at his hands as time seemed to slow. A smile crept across his lips as he realized the old power was still there. This was good because the cute little cantrips and stage magic he had been doing was not going to cut it with these guys. The evening was frozen, and he had a moment to think.

"I'm thinking we separate the helms from the bodies and melt them," Longboat said quietly, though all and only his comrades could hear, "but do not let them hit you."

Longboat moved slowly forward in a mesmerizing pattern, confusing the Nazgul. He felt time resuming and power welling up from the only land he ever truly loved, causing his hands to glow with a radiant energy, centering on his ring (though alas it was not Narya). The Forest was awakened, energized.

"I have no Halfling to give. I am no longer of this world, and my authority to direct its affairs lies in the distant past, yet in the future too." Confusion

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 07, 2020, 01:38:01 AM
The bard was doing some magic, but whatever it was, it washed over her with no affect.

Fascinating, Aisling thought.  There were creatures with power to see in shadows, and it seems these were well-able to do so.  Her first instinct was to go out of shadow, since she was one who relied on remaining unseen .  But of course, she'd be visible out of shadow, as well. 

Perhaps she would not be as much of interest to these hunters, though.  They, or one, of them at least, seemed to think of her as more of a threat when in shadow, given his obvious attention.  That was a surprise, since, although shadow gave her an edge in stealth, she could typically not attack from the shadows.  Her targets were usually beings of the material, non-shadow, world, after all.  But these creatures seemed to exist in both worlds.

Perhaps she could attack beings that were partially of the shadow while in the shadow?

Before the one tracking her got too close, she called her bow to her and loosed a shot.  It was not moving quickly, and she was fae and had trained all her life with her shadow-spelled bow and sword and knives.  She had been very, very good at what she had used to do.  She aimed for it's glinting eye, within the dark hood.  Without hesitation, she drew a second time and aimed for the mount's eye.  It was no poor beastie, but a thing of darkness.  She was dark fae, so they were nearly kin, but dark fae kin were the type you shot first and killed as quickly as possible. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 07, 2020, 02:53:33 AM
Once the hobbits had entered the cell, Peter ran to the root cellar and out to the cellar door, putting the thick crossbar in place and running the heavy chains through the handles and padlocking them in place. Then he went back through the root cellar door and repeated the ritual with that door. As he was running from room to room latching all the dormer windows, he heard Longboat's voice in his head, about separating the helms from the bodies and melting them.

Good idea, he thought. Hopefully that'll keep them from getting to us. Peter had no fire magic, and imagined a normal blaze would be worthless against these monsters.

Joining Reggie outside the cell, he called softly to the hobbits through the little grated window, "Sit tight. Stay quiet."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 07, 2020, 08:05:55 AM
Tikky's fur got even foofier as Leonie left him at the bar.  "Under the bar?  What if they make it in, then I'm right here and they'll see me run...Upstairs?  But then...I'd have to listen to their footsteps coming up after me!"  Here he shudders.  "A booth! No, no, too close then I'd be pinned in place, nowhere to run."  Tikk stays put, cowering in indecision and fear, rambling about hiding options.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 07, 2020, 10:44:55 PM
The feeling of the power in his hands brought a flood of memories. Of command. Of shielding. Of knowing what others do not. That was the key. He knew what these were. He had mulled their powers and weaknesses for centuries.

He looked around at his companions in awe. If he had one of these beings at his command when he was fighting Morgoth on the final battlefield of The Fallas....   Even Sir Tikk had a better understanding of how the world worked than all but the wisest in Middle Earth. Perhaps his complaints about the objectivist world he had recently left were overblown after all. He might be able to convince them all to stay here and fight the War, but that was in his past. He needed to get the Ring Bearers on their way as quickly and safely as possible, and mess with this timeline as little as possible. He might be feeling the power, but he was definitely no longer a commander,  and this was no longer his fight.

But if he left the Hobbits with 6 pursuers to Rivendell instead of 9, well that would probably be OK.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 08, 2020, 01:13:26 PM
If she'd been facing them on her own, she'd be a cowering wreck, but Longboat's power to raise her courage was only getting stronger. 

"Oh, I can do that!" she said to his advice, and as she cast the telekinetic spell (with subtle alterations to compensate for weight, distance and ambient temperature) her hand gestures were crisp and sure.  White fire seemed to follow her fingers' tracing.  She grasped the helm of the central wraith and wrenched it upward.  "I am no man!

"I always wanted to say that," she added, with a blush and a laugh.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 08, 2020, 01:49:14 PM
Aisling's arrow went straight through the head and helm of the Nazgul. It wavered, and nearly fell from his mount, but while the arrow did damage, he was, after all, undead. A hole through the brain would not stop him.

The leader seemed a bit taken aback at Longboat's presence. These halflings did indeed have some powerful alleys. But he too could summon power, and his blade alighted in green flame as he held it aloft. The air whistled louder and louder, like a giant tea kettle on boil. Then Leonie's spell took his helmet off, and the evil spell collapsed. The darkness under the helm was just that, no head, no skull, just a vague dark smoky visage.

Red decided this would be a good time to bonfire the vanities. She lit up the horror horse beneath the helmless leader with a sudden conflagration of intense heat. "Always love me a weenie roast."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 08, 2020, 02:59:45 PM
Rikerg had been planning to attack them head on, but Longboat saying not to let them land any hits gave him pause. Normally, he did not do anything to defend himself from strikes as any that did hit him healed fast enough.

So instead of charging at them as planned, he moved outside of the Tavern grounds, grabbing a large, fallen tree to use as a weapon. He put it down to instead get a huge rock and fling it at the riders. He continued throwing big stones and boulders at them, even uprooting a rotting tree to throw.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 08, 2020, 03:33:05 PM
Locking the cell, Peter passed the keys to Frodo through the peephole. "Reggie, you should go in with them," he said, to which Reggie answered **Hells no!** at full bark. **I stay with you. All the way**

Nodding, Peter slipped around the corner to the wine racks and filled his arms with several bottles. Carrying them back to the cell door, he set them in a row within easy reach. Grabbing the nearest wall torch, Peter lit it in the furnace, and then began cutting up some stored blankets and quilts with his sword.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 08, 2020, 09:15:18 PM
Aisling was disappointed her arrow to the hunter's eye did not have more effect.  Her shot to the mount's eye, she was't sure about.

To see if it made any difference, she stepped out of the shadows, fully back into the material world, and shot at the mount again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 09, 2020, 11:53:41 AM
Aisling's arrows pierce the Nazgul mount. It rears and stamps, but being a creature brought to life through necromancy, it has no vulnerable spots.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 09, 2020, 04:27:25 PM
The rocks and boulders thrown at the dark riders bounce off them like empty tin cans, but the harassment affects them nonetheless. Between the arrows and the onslaught of debris the two riders and the now helmless and fire-engulfed Nazgul flee. The trees actually provide an opening for the servants of Sauron to leave, lifting branches and submerging roots to allow a quick escape.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 09, 2020, 05:19:22 PM
Usually Aisling's weapons wouldn't be noticed at all, until they were brought out from the shadow.  Although her arrows didn't seem to do much in shadow and out, it was still interesting that the hunters were mildly affected by them.  These creatures weren't exactly within HER particular shadow dimension, but were very close--enough to see her there.  She'd have to note that her shadow abilities weren't always useful when dealing with some undead.

It was curious to see the dark hunters retreat. 

Of course, they could always take up the trail of the small folk after they left the Tavern and its defenders...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 11, 2020, 04:57:40 PM
"We should not bring the little ones with us, but I can give them a bit of advantage," Longboat said as he sat down where he stood looking slightly weary. He grabbed four small pebbles from the path within his reach, and began to rub them in his still glowing hands. As he did so, there was a slight glow around the perimeter of the Tavern grounds.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 11, 2020, 05:23:32 PM
"Um, what should I do with this helmet?" Leonie asked, as she still had it floating in the air over the Tavern.  It was an evil-looking, but very cool piece of LOTR memorabilia, and she drew it closer for a better look.  "Betcha this would be worth a lot on eBay."  It might also look pretty awesome decorating her room.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 12, 2020, 12:02:12 AM
"Well, that was a bit of a quick retreat, wasn't it?" Red looks at the others. "And here I was just getting warmed up."

The demoness then notes the floating helm. "Interesting. Do you think he'll want it back?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 12, 2020, 12:53:46 AM
"Let's get those Hobbits on their way," Longboat said quietly penetrating to all his allies again, though with much less force. Then to only Leonie he said, "Give each of them one of these pebbles," and he reached out to hand them off. Then he crawled over to the edge of the tavern grounds, and put his hand on the barest part of the Forest floor he could reach, and a faint line flashed off through the forest as he lay down and looked like he was going to sleep again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 12, 2020, 11:31:04 AM
Even without being told, Rikerg knew the best way for him to help the Hobbits was to stay out of the way. It was obvious that Longboat was feeling tired after all of his efforts, and he didn't want to let him lie there alone and exposed.

Rikerg lied down on his side right next to the elf, keeping his ears perked for danger.

"Do you need food?" He asked Longboat, the rest of the pig had already been picked clean by forest scavengers, but he could always get another one for the elf.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 12, 2020, 01:34:08 PM
Tikky stopped babbling as the atmosphere...changed.  His hair started slowly unpoofing and his ears started going upright.  Stopping pacing and muttering he now listened and watched.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 12, 2020, 06:15:17 PM
Since no one was objecting or warning her against it, Leonie let the Nazgul's helmet drop into her hands.  It was satisfyingly heavy and made her grin with the joy of acquisition.  "Well, he can't have it.

"Sure thing," she agreed to Longboat's request, and tucked the helm under her arm so that she could take care of the four pebbles.  "Where did they go?"

She went back into the Tavern and called, "PETE?  WHERE ARE YOU?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 12, 2020, 06:52:18 PM
The walls of the basement were thicker than the rest of the Tavern's, but Peter could faintly hear Leonie's voice upstairs. Reggie said unnecessarily **That's Leonie calling you**

Peter went to the foot of the stairs and called up, "I'm in the basement, Leonie! Down here!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 12, 2020, 09:08:19 PM
It looked as if the Tusked one was continuing to bond with the Bard.  They looked rather cuddly lying down next to each other. 

The Bard was probably working his odd magic.  Aisling could sense something, but anything else was beyond her abilities.

She waited, feeling safe enough on the Tavern grounds, with her sword still in hand, just in case.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 13, 2020, 02:53:18 PM
Tikky's head turned at LEonie's voice.  "YOU'RE ALIVE!" Performing some impressive (for a chunky ginger kitty) jumps he heads straight for Leonie's chest (he may need a boost if she isn't near a chair ;). 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 14, 2020, 12:41:56 PM
Red returns to the bar, coiling up her whip as she goes. It was obvious that those creatures didn't expect the show of force the inn-mates gave. But they will probably be back, with more of them or with better weaponry, or both. She is glad that Longboat knows of this world and this enemy. Hopefully his spellcraft can help the little folk get on their way. Just what do those creatures want with the hobbits, anyway? There is something that Frodo has or knows that they desire, but what could it be?

The demoness pours drinks for anyone who wants one. "Cheers!" she says, raising her glass, "to repelling the boarders!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 14, 2020, 12:48:58 PM
Leonie was close enough to the bar that she received a cat the size of a Butterball turkey in the chest.  She hugged him tight.  "Yeah, and I got this cool helmet!"

She arranged Tikk on her shoulders again.  "Christ, you're a workout, kitty-cat."  Then she headed downstairs in the direction of Peter's voice.  "Yo, Pete, it's safe to come out.  Black Riders were chased away.  Man, you should've seen Longboat in action!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 14, 2020, 04:44:12 PM
Tikky sniffs loudly in Leonie's ear, "You missed me too!  Can I try it on?  It smells...funny." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 14, 2020, 05:06:29 PM
Aisling watched the woods as the Bard and the Tusked on still lay side by side. 

Gradually the sounds of the forest's regular inhabitants resumed.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 14, 2020, 05:12:29 PM
Peter waited in front of the cell until he could see Leonie and Tikk come around the corner from the stairs, and smiled. He looked a bit like an urban pirate, with a revolver in each hand and a sword within reach. As he stepped forward, his eyes fell on the helmet Leonie was holding. Even without touching it he could feel the malevolence coming from it. It was like the Ring Frodo carried, but less subtle.

Peter knew the Ring lay mildly dormant unless it was actively trying to attract someone; this thing was imbued with the evil of its wearer.

"Um, Leonie," he said cautiously, "you might want to put that down."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 15, 2020, 09:31:08 AM
Tikky leaned back in Leonie's arms.  "Is it cursed?? It's cursed isn't it!  Don't leave it here, toss it in a deep...cave.  Off a cliff!  And dam it's so cool looking too, I coulda been battlecat!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 15, 2020, 03:42:50 PM
"I was gone five minutes!" Leonie laughed.  "Um, not yet, I'm not sure it's safe..."  She raised an eyebrow at Peter.  "Wow, you look cool too.  You just need a bandana with a bunch of dangly bling."

She banged on the helmet with her knuckles.  "Don't freak out.  Longboat wasn't worried about it."  But she remembered Peter's talent, and she also could see the hobbits peering at her uneasily, Frodo looking especially spooked.  "Okay, okay, I'm putting it down, but don't toss it, okay, I want to check it out."

She set the helmet down on a convenient water barrel.  "Okay, so I need to give the hobbits these pebbles and then they should be on their way ASAP."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 15, 2020, 04:13:30 PM
Peter looked a little confused at Leonie's compliment, then looked at the pistons and grinned. He set them on a different barrel near him. "Thanks. I can't believe we got off that easily." To Frodo, he said, "You folks can come out now -- but if anything goes south before you head out, get back down here as fast as you can and lock yourselves back in."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 15, 2020, 05:25:20 PM
"You were gone forever...I can't tell time, and I wasn't able to decide where to hide."  Tikky looks embarrassed as he mumbles the last bit.  But then he perks up, "if you decurse the helmet can you shrink it so I can wear it?  That would be so awesome!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 15, 2020, 06:14:59 PM
Red shrugs at the lack of drinking buddies at the bar, tosses her drink back, and begins to tidy up the barroom. Through a window she notices Rikerg and Longboat lying out on the edge of the grounds. The demoness wonders if she should bring the elf inside. The giant, on the other hand, won't be going anywhere unless it's under his own power. But the night is warm, and there was no indication that anything was untoward.

It would be nice to take Longboat upstairs for a bit. She smiles at the thought. Except that he's obviously exhausted. The elf needs his sleep more than anything else. Red sighs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 16, 2020, 12:00:26 AM
"Oh, hi Reikerg," the Elf said wearily. "I drifted off, I guess. You know Elves don't sleep. Or perhaps we do when we get old...  ..or spend too much time in an objectivist world." Longboat gazed into the Forest. "This is the path for the little ones to get safely out of the forest. I think the Old Man is on board with their escape, and between him and the pebbles, I am hoping they are at least a little more reinforced for their journey than when they entered the Forest." He kept his hand just outside the Tavern grounds, and slowly tapped and stroked the Earth, sending waves of energy down the path he laid out for the Hobbits, and waves of memories through his brain.

Though it was hard to tell since the remaking of the world, it could well have been near here where the Teleri first swore to forsake the allure of Valinore until they had searched for their beloved King Elwe. Or where Eärendil crossed on his way to the Havens of Sirion. Longboat thought again of Eärendil, and his energy surged once again.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 16, 2020, 12:20:27 PM
Slumped against the cool wall of the basement cell, Frodo slips in and out of consciousness. They've been without a full rest for over 24 hours. From the encounter at Bucklebury Ferry to the aimless wanderings in the Old Forest and nearly losing his companions to the current feeling of dread caused by the menacing dark riders. He is completely spent, as are the others.

Now that the riders have left and took their malevolent presence with them, Frodo drops off to a long needed rest on the padded bench.

Sam looks at Peter. "We are all so very tired. We've been on the run since yesterday. Please don't kick us out. We just can't keep on like this any further."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 16, 2020, 01:38:22 PM
Peter felt like a heel, falling into the anxiety caused by the Nazgul instead of considering the conditions and needs of the innocent hobbits. "Forgive me," he said. "That was inconsiderate of me. Please, come with me -- there are a couple of empty bedrooms down here that are clean and safe. Let me show you to one."

He looked at Leonie as he backed away from the cell to let the halflings out. "You haven't been down here before, have you? There's the wine cellar you passed to get here," he pointed to his left, then straight ahead, "Those stairs lead up to the kitchen. A Dark Garden, a Billiard Room, lots of neatness."

To the hobbits, "Did you get enough to eat earlier? Can we bring you something?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 16, 2020, 04:25:06 PM
Leonie was twitching with unease as Peter agreed to let the hobbits stay.  She sympathized with them, of course, but she couldn't help thinking they were quite a bit more whiny than they had been in the book, at least at this stage.  She squirmed like her pockets were full of fire ants.

"What if we Slide?" she hissed at Peter.  To Sam, she said, "Would you really want to stay here if there was a strong possibility that while you're asleep, this Tavern will go to another world and take you with it and you may never see your home again?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 17, 2020, 12:00:11 PM
Sam's eyes widen. "Another world?!" He looks at his companions, tired and haggard. "How can that be?"

Frodo, now standing, steps up. "We need to get to Bree. If this place is temporary, we must leave. No matter how tired."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 17, 2020, 12:44:58 PM
Peter just looked back at Leonie without answering. Short Slides of only a few hours, like at Ankh-Morepork, were relatively rare, but he couldn't say that the next one wouldn't be in 20 minutes or 20 days. Arguing the point would be... pointless.

To Frodo he said, "Whatever you need. We'll get you a few supplies, whatever Leonie has for you, and just hope we've bought you some time."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 17, 2020, 01:01:35 PM
"Here, put these in your pockets."  Leonie handed one pebble to each hobbit.  "Longboat enchanted them, I'm sure they'll help you stay safe.  Do we have any ponies we could give them?" she asked Peter. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 18, 2020, 10:04:22 AM
"I did not know this." Rikerg had never seen a sleeping elf, so he had no reason to believe otherwise. "You may rest, I will let no harm come to you." On the subject of Hobbits he said: "They are too small and soft for this."

They were brave, that much was certain, for they had not abandoned their friends or their quest despite the obvious dangers. But, whatever was after them was far out of their league, and Rikerg was certain their quest was doomed unless they got help.

"I hope your boon will grant them time to find further aid."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 18, 2020, 11:15:45 AM
The hobbits took the offered pebbles and stepped out of the cell. "You've been more than helpful," says Frodo to Peter and Leonie. "Thank you." He heads for the stairs with his three compatriots trudging behind.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 18, 2020, 05:51:47 PM
"Unless Red picked up a pony or two at our last Slide, we don't currently have any," Peter said, following the hobbits up the stairs straight ahead, the ones that came up into the Living area behind the bar. "Would you like to see what we have in the pantry?" he asked.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 18, 2020, 06:38:46 PM
It was peaceful standing in the night just outside the lights of the Tavern.  The humidity and teeming life of the surrounding forest was reassuring; it was so different from the dark fae woods.

Aisling kept her eyes half open upon the woods and the Bard and the Tusked one. 

She did some dream-walking, in case some other danger might be approaching.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 19, 2020, 02:09:28 PM
Sam nodded to the idea of raiding the pantry, and as they topped the stairs he followed Peter's directions. The others shuffled out into the bar.

"We have beds," offered Red when she noticed the hobbits finish strapping on their packs.

"We need to get to Bree," replied Frodo. "We're supposed to meet someone there who can help us."

"Ah," the demoness nodded.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 21, 2020, 06:26:01 PM
Sam grabs some rolls, cheese, and dried sausage, and fills up his pack before joining the others. Red gives each of them a small LED flashlight along with a flask of brandy. "For when all else fails, drink up me hearties."

The four hobbits set out into the dark night and look about. The demoness follows and shows them how to turn on the flashlights. "They won't last forever, but they'll be good for a week or so."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 21, 2020, 06:29:30 PM
Leonie let everyone go ahead of her so that they wouldn't be spooked when she retrieved her shiny new helmet before heading upstairs.  "If I can get the curse off -- assuming it IS cursed," she said to Tikky, "it would be easy enough to shrink down to your size if you really want to look like Battle Kitty.  After all, I can't hock it on eBay right now."

She waved goodbye to the hobbits when they went off into the night.  "You guys be safe, and don't get drunk in Bree!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 22, 2020, 01:42:26 AM
Aisling stood silently as the small folk walked back into the woods.  They must be under orders to continue onward. 

Those undead riders were not nearby, but she was certain that they had not gone far.  Those little ones will not last long unless they find some guards to travel with them.

She was thankful that she could choose her own course these days.  And having a convenient Tavern to roost at was even better.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 22, 2020, 03:38:02 AM
Peter and Reggie followed the hobbits out into the dark balmy night, then solemnly shook hands with each of them before they trudged off. "It's been a real pleasure," Peter said. "May you travel safely."

He stood beside Red, watching them disappear past Longboat and Rikerg, under the deep shadows of the trees.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 22, 2020, 08:09:06 AM
"Really?  That would be so cool!  I could pose on one of them books my mistress was always reading, with the handsome humans!"  Tikky exclaimed happily.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 22, 2020, 01:07:12 PM
Longboat sat up with a start, and ran off into the woods after the Hobbits. "Here's a small morsel that will sustain you on your journey," he said as he handed Frodo a Lembas cake. "Just take a small bite when you are feeling tired and down, like now," he added with a big smile. "I fear I must go now."

Then off he bounded back to the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 23, 2020, 12:53:17 PM
"You can always pose with handsome humans.  Peter's very good-looking.  So's Red."  Leonie didn't mention Longboat because he got too much attention from people who weren't her already. 

She watched the hobbits disappear into the Old Forest and greeted Longboat with a quizzical smile when he came trotting back.  "Where did you get that?" she said of the lembas bread.  "Have you been carrying it with you for a thousand years?  Or, I guess, you know how to make it," she added, blushing.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 23, 2020, 11:45:58 PM
Aisling retreated to a comfortable seat on the porch.  The night temperature was comfortable, even though that hardly mattered to her.  There was something about the scents and souns of the deep, ancient wood that appealed to her most primitive instincts, she supposed.   Best of all, it was not the world of the dark fae.  She felt she could actually relax, undead riders or no.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 24, 2020, 11:24:50 AM
When the Hobbits left, Rikerg called after them: "Do not get eaten!" For he wasn't just thinking of trees and great beasts, even regular wolves were known to attack children. Which were about the size, or in some cases taller, than these travelers.

He was thoroughly relaxed, but started himself when Longboat suddenly took off running. He stood up and waited anxiously for him to come back. When he did, he followed him near to the Tavern, but didn't go up onto the deck.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 24, 2020, 12:24:08 PM
"Too bad they couldn't have rested here," stated Red. "Hopefully they'll get to this Bree place soon enough."

She smiles at the collection of companions. "Thank you Inn-mates, for defending the tavern and helping out those little guys. Those of you who've had a full day, which is the lot of us, I believe, please rest for who knows what will befall us next. I think everyone has a bed?" She looks around. "Perhaps not yet for you Longboat. Would you like a room?"

To Rikerg she says, "If you need to rest further, there's the barn or out here. I'm afraid there is nothing within the tavern that would accommodate you. I could bring you some pillows or a cushion if you like."

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 24, 2020, 03:14:56 PM
"This is my home now," Peter said to Red, looking at her with intense fondness and taking her extra warm hand. "You are my family. You know I'll always defend the Tavern to the best of my ability."

**Me, too** Reggie barked, even though he knew Red couldn't understand him.

"I have to deconstruct my Last Stand in the basement," Peter continued, "then dinner and bed sound like a smart goal." Releasing her hand, Peter turned to head back into the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 25, 2020, 05:27:36 AM
Aisling heard Red speaking about rooms. 

She went inside and walked up to Red.  "I would like to have a room," she said.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 25, 2020, 01:02:58 PM
"I never did get to offer you a room, did I" replies Red to Aisling. "The last few slides have been busy ones." The demoness offers to take the dark elf's arm as she heads to the stairs.

"There are rooms down in the basement as well as upstairs, and further up on the third floor too. There's even some attic spaces. The insides of the Sliding Tavern are not normal space, so it takes a bit getting used to. Dwarves have it the worst, their natural spacial ability goes all whack. Windows where they aren't suppose to be, extra walls and rooms and whatnot."

Red turns to Aisling at the bottom of the stairs. "So, which do you want to check out first? Basement? Second floor, third, or attic?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 25, 2020, 03:27:35 PM
When Longboat was invited in, Rikerg had planned to follow, either to join the elf or find his own room. He was quite confused by Red's words, his brows furrowing as he frowned.

"Among the livestock..?" He asked about being referred to the barn. He didn't understand what she meant by the Tavern not being able to accomodate him. He had fit through the door after all, and Red knew of this herself. Rikerg sat down on the ground by the Tavern to think about this.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 25, 2020, 10:09:24 PM
"Attic, with view and bath access, if possible,"  Aisling answered Red.  "I never asked for a room before.  I didn't really need one.  But perhaps I will be staying longer than I thought, so I should probably get a room."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 25, 2020, 11:28:15 PM
Peter headed down into the basement to put out the torches and put the wine bottles back. Throwing the sword belt over his shoulder, he grabbed the pistols and turned to go back upstairs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 27, 2020, 01:57:06 PM
Red nods to Aisling and takes her up two flights and then to a steep ladder-style stair. At the top is a small room, a landing really, with just enough to turn around to a couple of doors. The demoness opens one to a furnished circular room with a conical ceiling. "The top of a tower," she states. "Through the other door is a small bathroom. I think you'll find this to your liking."

Red draws close to the dark elf. "And if you need anything, even of a rather... intimate nature. Just let me know." She lingers, looking into Aisling's eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on September 28, 2020, 08:30:07 PM
Aisling looks around the room.  It is more than satisfactory.  She can keep a watch out, and the rooms seems both defensible and easy to make an escape from.  It also does not remind her at all of the cells she grew up in:  dark, windowless, cold, and solid stone.

Red mentions something about intimate nature.  Aisling has a vague idea of what it might mean, but being dark fae meant that she ignored it.  Most dark fae only had sexual relations in order to achieve some end other than a climax.  Aisling knew other beings were much different.  Being as unsocial as all her kind were, she didn't respond, although she did hope the Proprietess/Barkeep wouldn't take offense. 

She did check out the windows to see the view, which was nearly, but not quite 360-degrees.  She didn't try out the bed as she could sleep on nearly anything.  Then she went off to check out where all the doors and hallways led...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on September 30, 2020, 11:19:46 AM
"I'll just sit here in front of the Tavern and stare at the trees until we slide," said Longboat.

He sat without singing, with hardly a sound, even from his breathing, as he sat next to Reikerg with a glassy eyed exhaustion setting in.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on September 30, 2020, 12:45:42 PM
Leonie was hurt when Longboat didn't answer her, but she saw how worn out he was and her heart eased.  She went back into the Tavern.  Finding no one there, she went behind the bar herself, put Tikky down, and made a drink for the weary elf. 

He might appreciate grog.  Even have a nostalgic fondness for it.  She mixed rum, hot water, lemon juice and sugar in a pint mug, carried it outside and offered it to him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 30, 2020, 01:13:13 PM
Peter put the weapons back, and entered the barroom in time to see Leonie go back outside. He watched as the door opened, then closed behind her. Nodding, he went behind the bar, Reggie at his heels, and stroked Tikk as he passed on the way to the kitchen. The evil emissions of the Nazgul had him shaken still, but he was determined to push through it. It was in times like this that he missed the comforting arms of Nicholas the most.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on September 30, 2020, 02:17:06 PM
Rikerg was still thinking about his new living situation, as it was the demon's home, and if she didn't want him living inside of it he wouldn't force his way in. He was feeling frustrated about it, but was eased a bit as Longboat came and sat next to him even though the elf was non-responsive. He reached out his arm to wrap around the tired elf to try and pull him closer next to him. When Leonie came with a strange smelling drink, he didn't growl at her but he glowered at the human. 

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on September 30, 2020, 02:34:14 PM
Tikky arched his back at each stroke and let out a happy chirrup.  Not interesting in going back out he followed Peter into the kitchen, always up for more food.  "Hey Reggie!"  He greeted and he rubbed against him briefly as they headed into the kitchen.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on September 30, 2020, 08:53:41 PM
Red mentally sighed. It has been several days by her reckoning since she had any fun. The dark elf would have been a nice oasis to that dry spell.

"Well, I'll let you get some rest then."

The demoness headed on down the stairs and glanced into the bar. Seeing Peter and the cat and dog she sauntered in. "Hey Peter. All good?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on September 30, 2020, 09:27:49 PM
Peter was standing at the kitchen door, about to enter, when he heard Red's voice and turned with his back to the door to keep it open. He let a sunny smile touch his lips. "Hi, Red," he said. "Fine as frog hair. I was thinking I'd make us all some pork tenderloin. What do you think?"

Reggie grinned, his tongue lolling and his eyes sparkling. **Hiya, Tikk! Pete's gonna feed me! Right, Peter? Right? I've been waiting foreeeeeeeeeeeever!!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 01, 2020, 03:11:29 AM
Aisling suspected that she could not depend upon the hallways and rooms to remain stable.  The fae world was even less reliable, with the added intent of various magic-makers who would install traps and mirages meant to confound.  Still, she now felt more sure she knew the basic layout and where exits and stairways and hideaways might be found.  To be safe, she would probably tend to remain in the rooms on the ground floor, however. 

She looked around the cellars, too.  Now that she had been invited (to some extent) to be more of a resident, she felt perfectly free to wander. 

She passed through the tap room.  There did not seem to be much going on, so she went back up to the room she had chosen.  She started running a bath.  Although she didn't need baths for cleanliness, she still enjoyed them when she could take them, and it had been too long since she'd had a proper one.  The swim in the sea had been enjoyable, but not quite the same.  Thankfully, the Tavern had a water system.  The bath filled quickly, and the water temperature was easy to set.  She carefully stripped out of her clothes and shook them out.  Her clothing did not require washing.  Shaking them out would get rid of any last bits of dirt and dust that might be stuck in creases. 

She sunk into the bath, which was large enough for her to slide down and completely submerge herself.  She let herself relax, her nose just above the water.  The pipes carried noises to her from the rest of the Tavern, but things remained quiet enough for a decently long soaking.

When she was done, she found a bathsheet to wind around her and carried her clothes back to her bedroom.  She might as well lie down while she could.  Fae didn't have to sleep, but like baths... lying down in a bed could be a pleasure. 

She turned the latch on the door and lay down.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 01, 2020, 08:25:06 AM
"It has been awhile since you last ate, hasn't it?"  She aske Reggie.  "We seem to keep getting interrupted," he mused.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 01, 2020, 11:26:35 AM
"Certainly, that would be lovely," replied Red. "I'm always up for some tender... loin." She eyed Peter up and down.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 01, 2020, 12:47:12 PM
**Oh, you have no idea** Reggie said to Sir Tikk. **I swear I'm feeling faint!**

Peter chuckled at Red. "Don't I know it," he said. "I walked right into that one, didn't I?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 01, 2020, 05:42:26 PM
The RxNXS was designed to search, rescue, stabilize, and retrieve (SRSR) injured persons caught in dangerous situations that can occur during natural disasters and civil mayhem, as well as on the battlefield. With its array of sensors it can detect persons trapped under debris, behind walls, or underwater. RxNXS looks a bit like a walking camping cot when fully deployed, using six legs and two points of articulation to quickly move about. When not in use, the smartbot folds itself into a briefcase-sized box. In addition to advanced searching protocols, the RxNXS can act as an on-call medic for teams up to six who carry its detachable flashlight monitors to provide a constant feed of information back to the smartbot. Using the latest in Quasar proton-proton exchange energy storage, the RxNXS can last up to 3 days of active use, and ten years in dormancy, before needing a new Quasar replacement.

Log activated: a1349:045.20
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 2: Low Body Temperature: 34.2
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 3: Low Body Temperature: 34.0
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 4: Low Body Temperature: 33.9
Protocol PuMn: Retrieve Mode Activated
Logic Strategy HiPo: FIFO: ID: 4


Suddenly, near Red, Peter, and the two animals, one of the cupboard doors under the bar counter bangs open. A flat black box falls out onto the floor. Two red lights flash on its surface and a weird gibberish voice broadcasts something repeatedly. It begins to unfold. Legs sprout and lengthen with various whirring and clicks.

Red steps back protectively in front of Peter. "Oh my. Stay back. I think it wants its bright lights back."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 01, 2020, 07:02:09 PM
Reggie began to bark in surprised alarm, as Peter stared at the strange thing over Red's shoulder. "Red, what is that? Should we be worried?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 01, 2020, 09:49:28 PM
Aisling could perceive the dog's sharp barks all the way up in her tower room.  She had very acute hearing and remained on alert for anything alarming, and there was definitely an element to the distant sound that sounded frightened.

She got dressed and cautiously went downstairs.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on October 02, 2020, 02:39:56 AM
Longboat slowly raised an eyelid as he felt the tension of Reikerg's glower.

"I sure wish you two understood each other better," he said as he squeezed Reikerg's arm back (or as much as he could of the large arm). Then he smiled at Leonie and reached out for the glass. "You are most kind and thoughtful. A refreshing libation will keep me going until we slide...  Though adding this classic staple of an old school tap room may induce a maudlin soliloquy when added to the sights, sounds, and especially smells of these woods."

He took a small sip, then rested his hand with the glass on the ground next to where he sat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 02, 2020, 12:35:33 PM
"I never worry," replied Red.

The thing continued to quickly unfold, then scurried towards the front door like a giant cockroach.

"The person who gave me that just showed me how it came with six little bright lights. I gave four of them to the hobbits."

The RxNXS ran out a telescoping arm to the door latch, clicked it, and pulled it open. It then moved out onto the porch. Stopping for a moment, its twin whiskers orienting on the signals.

Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 1: Low Body Temperature: 34.5
Logic Strategy JeWv: No Change to Action Grid
Logic Strategy HiPo: FIFO: ID: 4
Signal Lock: 34.567
ToT: 20 min
Confidency: 11%
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 02, 2020, 12:59:43 PM
Peter stepped around Red, watching the device head for the door and out onto the porch. The repeated message was starting to make some sense to him. "I think something's happening to the hobbits," he said anxiously. "Should we go after them?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 02, 2020, 06:18:10 PM
Aisling watched the Demoness and the human as they looked at something going out the Tavern's door.

So... no immediate cause for concern.  But still, something strange enough.  Although strangeness seemed to be common enough with the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 02, 2020, 09:38:17 PM
"I understand he tried to kill me," Leonie said.  "But a lot of things don't like Magicians, it seems to come with the diploma.  Though I don't have mine yet."

Predictably, she melted into googly-eyed delight at Longboat's appreciation and sat down on the other side of him from Rikerg.  "I'm up for listening to a maudlin soliloquy.  Which elf --"  She blushed a little.  "This is a stupid question.  But, um.  Were you in the books?"  She couldn't remember an elf in the Silmarillion or anywhere else named anything that would translate as "Longboat."

Of course, they couldn't POSSIBLY get in a little personal time and conversation, she thought a second later as a large robot, like a cross between a stretcher and a cockroach, scuttled out onto the porch.  "Okay, what is that thing?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 03, 2020, 12:46:32 PM
Tikky quickly spun around to get behind Red as well when the...thing...appeared.  When it left he followed cautiously, curios to see where it was going, stopping slightly behind Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 05, 2020, 12:21:07 PM
"Yes," replied Red to Peter as she headed after the strange device. "But no more than 15 minutes away or we risk being stunk in Longboat's world."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 05, 2020, 12:41:02 PM
"Wouldn't want that," Peter said, as he retrieved his weapons and headed after Red. "No matter how much fun the books are!"

**Aw, man!** Reggie whined, scampering after Peter. **I am totally  totally TOTALLY gonna starve to death!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 05, 2020, 04:28:08 PM
"I think Red said the short guys are in trouble and it's headed to them?  And poor Reggie and I are gonna starve if we aren't fed soon..."  Tikky sat and adopted the big wet eyed look all pets seem to have down pat.  "But I guess the shorties should be checked first...."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 05, 2020, 04:53:23 PM
Aisling glanced quickly around the taproom and saw nothing out of order.  She could hear distant voices outside, not particularly alarmed, but still rather loud.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on October 06, 2020, 04:14:14 PM
His statement about them understanding each other more confused him. Leonie was a human, after all, understanding others would not come easy for her.

"And why" Rikerg said to the woman, still leering at her, "do you think that magicians are disliked?"

However, he did not try to make Leonie move away when she sat down on the opposite side. He had thought the humans were simply speaking nonsense, but he was able to figure out something from what she was asking.

"Are there tales written of you?" He asked, finding it odd that it was written in a way that humans could read it.

He was surprised by the thing that came out of the Tavern, staring and trying to figure out what it was. He wasn't very concerned about it since it originated from the Tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 07, 2020, 03:37:49 PM
Humidity: 83%
Temperature: 26.5
Light Intensity: 0.3
Enviro Committee: JuMi: Night
System: Lights: Front: On
Enviro Committee: OmPw: Open Forest
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 1: Low Body Temperature: 34.0
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 2: Low Body Temperature: 33.8
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 3: Low Body Temperature: 33.9
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 4: Low Body Temperature: 33.2
Logic Strategy JeWv: No Change to Action Grid
Logic Strategy HiPo: FIFO: ID: 4
Signal Lock: 34.564
ToT: 19 min
Confidency: 13%


The red lights on the front of the RxNXS turn into bright white headlights and it then quickly moves down the front steps and across the lawn.

"Guys," Red addresses the porch group as she steps out, "I think that thing is going after the hobbits because it thinks they are in distress... or maybe just to get its lights back."

"Either way I think I'm going to follow."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 07, 2020, 03:54:06 PM
"Us too," Peter said, indicating Reggie as he buckled on his gun belt and threw the sword belt around his shoulders to hang at his back. He had a heavy police-style flashlight in his hand that, when he turned it on, it flooded the area with white light. A moment later the light dimmed as he screwed a filter to the front of it.

**Did my stomach just growl?** Reggie muttered.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 07, 2020, 05:40:24 PM
"I heard it!"  Tikky confirms to Reggie, brushing against his side.  "Guess I'm going too...."  He laments, eyeing Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 07, 2020, 06:36:41 PM
Reggie looked at Tikk in surprise. **You are one weird puss** he chuckled. **Most cats I've met prefer to wait by the fire**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 08, 2020, 04:49:48 AM
Aisling has no trouble following after the group heading into the woods. 

She would prefer to stick to wherever the Demoness is, and hopes that will keep her from being left behind by the Tavern.  She doesn't care so much about the fate of the small folks, but is curious about why these others are interested.  And she might as well be useful, if she can, as she is making the Tavern her temporary home.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 08, 2020, 08:55:01 AM
"Well," starts Tikky.  "Without thumbs she's my food source.   I mean sure I could" here Tikky pauses to shudder dramatically, "hunt and....kill things.  But I'm a bit squeamish about the whole hearing them scream and plead for their life bit never mind how it feels all furry in your mouth.   No thanks!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 08, 2020, 04:14:48 PM
Leonie wavered, tired of being interrupted every time she tried to talk to Longboat, but when little Sir Tikky decided to go she swore and got up and went after them.  "It wasn't even five minutes.  What could have gotten them that fast?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 08, 2020, 07:08:18 PM
Aisling followed at a slight distance.  It was easy as the group made enough noise to drown out the sounds of clicking insects and rustling mice.  They also followed an open path that was easy to see even without moonlight. 

Something fairly large had pushed its way through the occasional undergrowth, judging by the broken twigs.  She was no great tracker, but she'd have to be blind to miss that. 

No one seemed that alarmed, from the tone of the voices she could hear.  All in all, it was a rather pleasant night-time stroll, Aisling thought.  It was nice to stretch her legs a little after her brief, but satisfying rest.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 09, 2020, 04:31:33 PM
The strange moving cot heads off into the woods at a fast pace. Red and the others must jog to keep up. It's six limbs traverse the forest floor easily, climbing over root and stone with nary a pause.

Soon, the party arrives at the edge of the woods. A cold air hangs in a foggy night. Before them are rolling hills capped with stone circles and stone mounds.

The device quickly moves on, making as much of a straight path as it is able over hill and dale.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on October 09, 2020, 04:40:19 PM
Rikerg didn't get up to follow them for several reasons: he wasn't specifically asked or invited, there wasn't any obvious or clear sign of danger, if Longboat stayed to rest as he seemed very much so to need, he and the Tavern would both need to be defended if something happened while they were away, but mostly it was because he had not been offered a place in the Tavern and was still feeling sour about it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 09, 2020, 05:41:37 PM
Peter easily kept pace with the bot, only slowing to maneuver around roots and over rocks, showing his youthful strength and agility. He was hardly winded when they paused at the woods' edge, and he noted the barrows through the thickening fog.

"Thought so," he muttered, quickening his pace to follow the bot, so he wouldn't lose sight of it in the mist.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on October 10, 2020, 11:17:25 AM
"I definitely needed more excitement in my life, and I was falling into a catatonia in the last world I was trapped in, but this Tavern is pushing my limits by bringing me back here," Longboat sleepily said to Reikerg.

He stared off into the forest and wondered if he would come back to the Tavern if he went off into the woods again. The coast was a thousand miles away, but the gulls were calling him. One last magnificent sail to Valinor and all of his sadness would be gone forever. But he was different now. So much time among the objectivist humans of Earth. He knew it was an illusion. But the gulls...

"Let's take a slow walk around the perimeter of the Tavern grounds, Reikerg, and I will tell you about how different Humans can be. They are easily deceived, and easily incited to anger and violence. Some of my worst experiences were directly caused by Humans, but so are some of my  best. Humans are confused by things new and different, especially if they are large and strong as you are.

"I have known enough humans to have no doubt that your attitudes are justified by actual experience, but I hope you can consider the possibility that these humans might be different."

Longboat was up and walking and said, "after we finish our perimeter patrol, I am going to see if I can make myself a nice resting spot in the barn. Leonie's automobile brings back some strong memories that will help distract me from the sadness of my homeland."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 10, 2020, 08:13:45 PM
Aisling noted Rikerg and the Bard remained with the Tavern as she followed behind the others into the woods.  That was good.  Someone should stay behind, just in case.  And the unlikely pair were actually an interesting match, balancing each other out and making a potent combination.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on October 12, 2020, 02:49:03 PM
"What sort of excitement? That of battle? I know of ennui myself, but I imagine your periods were far longer." He looked into the forest as well, "Are you tempted to remain?" He still had yet to understand that he was no longer in his world, but was sure if he wound up in his own familiar forest he would return to it.

He stretched when he said they should circle the grounds, listening to what he had to say about humans. Much of it made sense to him, and seemed to be quite insightful, but he was doubtful of him saying his best times were with humans.

"These humans still reek with fear and aggression." He grumbled, standing up and following at the other's side. He did think of how Leonie had told him what the hose was and how to work. "They are... different from humans I know." He agreed.

"I will join you." The idea of sleeping in the barn was not as distasteful if he would not be doing it alone. It took him a moment to figure out what he was talking about. "You know what that metal beast is?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on October 12, 2020, 06:28:13 PM
"The excitement of action and danger," Longboat began responding. "But actual battle is the source of too much pain, sadness and suffering. It is something that I avoid to whatever extent I can, but seems endemic to many of the places I have been."

"I am tempted to remain, but it is not my path right now, and would not end well...  ...For reasons I have yet to fully understand."

"Leonie's world is a baffling place. It is crowded and mechanized to the point that only a few people out of every hundred are Farmers, yet they easily feed everybody. Or at least they grow enough food to feed everybody, yet for all their knowledge and power, they still have trouble getting the food to those who are hungry...   As I say, a baffling place. So farms and barns are seen as spacious and wholesome places where one can escape the noise, crowds and stress of the city. As a result, it is not uncommon to see the wealthy and powerful buy barns to convert into spacious homes, carefully remodeling them so it is still clear they are barns. So when it was suggested you sleep in the barn, the idea is that the barn is large and spacious enough to be comfortable for you."

"The irony, of course, is that you and I are the ones who likely have spent the most time in agrarian cultures where sleeping in the barn has a much different connotation. I like and admire this crew we have found ourselves with, but getting along with them will require a bit of adjustment to our attitudes and assumptions."

"Now, we can get this place," referring to the barn, "set up and comfortable. But first, let me introduce you to a mechanical steed that is very fast, but highly limited in its utility as it requires a hard, flat rolling surface to be functional. THIS, is a 1968 Mustang..."

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 13, 2020, 10:06:29 AM
The weather on the rolling hills was quite different from that of the forest. Here a cold wind blew over the ground, even while shrouded in fog. It had none of the insects or frogs or crickets.

The roving cot came to a particular hill and scaled up its rocky slope. At the top was another, smaller hill, covered in moss and made mostly of gathered stone. The bot circled the structure, looking for an entrance. Finally, it came upon a small square opening, but too small for it to traverse. It began folding itself.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 13, 2020, 11:47:32 AM
"Spooky," murmured Tikky, slouching a little and turning his head from side to side more.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 13, 2020, 02:23:45 PM
At first the cool air was a relief from the stuffy stale air of the Old Forest, but within moments the persistent chill had Peter rubbing his bare arms as he made his way up the rocky slope. Reggie scampered ahead, following the bot, and when he found the small square opening, he dashed in without hesitation.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 13, 2020, 10:15:30 PM
"I still don't understand how Frodo could have gotten this far," Leonie said as she scrambled up alongside Peter.  "They literally just left." 

She scooped up Tikky whenever there was a wall too tall and steep for him to scale, but otherwise let him pick his own way along.

"Oh -- hey, careful, Reggie!" she warned the dog.  "There are probably barrow-wights in there."

She wondered what a barrow-wight actually looked like and what its combat stats were.  Tolkien hadn't provided enough of a description for gamers to properly quantify them. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 14, 2020, 02:26:30 AM
If Aisling was affected by mild changes of temperature, she might have been tempted to shiver at the cool air of the misty downs.  Instead, she very slightly wrinkled her nose in distaste.  More undead.  It was almost like being back in the dark fae realms.

She was not much use against undead, but she could maybe still be of help.  For the moment, she kept an eye and ear out for other threats that might approach the demon, humans, and cat roaming among the earthworks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on October 14, 2020, 12:27:02 PM
"We could spar sometime if you would like. I enjoy a friendly fight." Rikerg offered. "If most of the places you have been contains humans, I understand why. They are fond of battle-- especially with one another."

If Longboat didn't understand why he couldn't stay, Rikerg was sure that he wouldn't be able to figure it out himself. So he didn't ask him more about it, instead listening to his description of Leonie's home.

"What is it that they spend their days doing?" He could understand there being less farmers, but asfar as he knew there were only so many lifestyles a human could have.

"Nobility sleep in barns instead of castles?" He couldn't think of any barn larger than even the shoddiest of castles, and this barn was no exception. "Is it solely upon us to adjust our attitudes and assumptions?" Rikerg sounded a bit irritated at this suggestion, "To not be offended by what they do and say rather than have them not offend us?"

Rikerg was still confused about what the car was, whether it was a strange metal beast or animated carriage. So when Longboat said they were to be introduced, he assumed that meant it truly was alive.

"Hello." He nodded to the car, "I am Rikerg."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 14, 2020, 12:35:53 PM
Tikky murmured his thanks for the lift over the rough spots but he balked several feet from the hole in the ground.  "I'm so not going in there!  Actually, not sure I'd fit...my fur is a bit...fluffy."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: cirdanslongboat on October 14, 2020, 11:44:54 PM
"I was introducing you to the car in a metaphorical sense. It is not alive, but rather a very sophisticated machine. People who have them often treat them as alive," Longboat said as he examined the car more closely.

"It is not so much that it is incumbent just upon us to adjust our attitudes, it is more that our own attitudes are easier to adjust than the attitudes of others. I will, however put some effort into helping the others understand where you are coming from.

"When we were fighting the Wraiths, the power and sophistication of our coordinated attacks was quite unlike anything I have seen, and I would love to see us be more cohesive as a group. I do not know where this Tavern will be taking us, but I know I had to leave Leonie's World, and I know I can't stay here. So I will stay with this group for the time being, and I hope you will too.

"As for what the people of Leonie's world do..." Longboat shook his head. "I don't even know how to begin to explain that. They can be wonderful and thoughtful, but after so much time there, I find your clear, straightforward, and grounded approach to be very refreshing.

"And finally, yes, I would love to spar with you sometime, but my exhaustion may be catching up with me, so it might be better to wait until I have had some rest."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 15, 2020, 11:39:35 AM
The square hole into the barrow was about eighteen inches on a side. Inside there is a sloping small passage, perhaps a two feet wide and 3 feet high at the most, leading downward. It is quite cold, both in ambient temperature and supernaturally. At the end of the twenty foot passage is a low round room filled with stone coffins. Upon four of them lay the hobbits. They are not moving and are very cold to the touch.

RxNXS is having trouble folding itself enough to fit into the square opening. It begins another search around the perimeter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 15, 2020, 01:14:19 PM
Peter reached the top of the barrow and saw the bot, then the small square hole. "Reggie," he called, "where are you? Tell me you didn't go down that hole!"

**Of course I did** Reggie's voice was clear in his head. **I found the little guys!** He jumped up on the nearest coffin, which happened to hold Merry, and sniffed and pawed at him. **They're alive, but they're not moving. They're ice cold!**

"How are we going to get them out of there?" Peter muttered anxiously.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 15, 2020, 06:58:50 PM
Aisling noticed the strange, angular thing moving around the mounds.  Oddly, it didn't seem to alarm anyone. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 16, 2020, 12:11:23 PM
"How the heaven did they get in there?" Exclaims Red. The demoness starts pulling away stones at the entrance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 16, 2020, 02:40:02 PM
Peter fell in beside Red, doing what he could. His strength was fairly good for an average human male, but he had nowhere near the supernatural strength of the red-haired demoness.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 19, 2020, 08:11:28 PM
"I hope Longboat can pull some miruvor out of whatever dimension of ass it was that he got the lembas," Leonie said tartly.  "And then maybe I'd damn well better levitate them all the way to fucking Bree."

Despite her bitchy attitude, she helped by telekinetically moving the stones Red and Peter pulled loose out of their way. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 19, 2020, 11:09:48 PM
Ghostly wraiths appear around the party on the hill. The angry hollow eyes are the most visible, then the skull and claw-like skeleton hands, the rest of the body is gossamer. They are deathly cold and to lock gaze with them is to fall into a stupor of despair.

"Fuck!" yells Red, stepping back and igniting into a burning pyre of naked demoness. "Not more undead!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 20, 2020, 04:48:47 AM
A moment before the wraiths appeared, Peter cried out in pain and dropped to the ground, curling around himself, waves of horror sweeping over him before he got ahold of himself, forcing his eyes open to catch the wispy white movements of the ghosts from the corner of his eye. When Red ignited beside him, he squeezed his eyes shut again against the blinding glare and scorching heat.

Inside the barrow, Reggie stiffened away from examining Samwise. **Peter!! What's happening?**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 20, 2020, 10:42:37 AM
Tikky screeched as the wraiths appeared, all his fur poofing out in alarm.  Tikky dove for the hole Reggie went down, sliding and bumping and yowling.  At he nears the bottom he yells "GHOSTS!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 20, 2020, 01:08:46 PM
Tikk's arrival coincided with Reggie charging past the cat, desperate to protect Peter. At the mouth of the tunnel he came to a screeching halt, faced with the overwhelming conflagration that was Red, unable to pass her to get to Peter without being fried to a crisp in an instant.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 20, 2020, 03:39:12 PM
Leonie luckily had mental wards she had learned at Brakebills which were constantly up unless she lowered them (you learn it quickly when you go to school with telepaths).  She could feel the attack like waves on the hull of a ship, rocking it but not getting in.

However, she was at a loss for what to do against disembodied wraiths.  She was a Physical Kid.  She worked with real things, with crude matter and energy.   Neither a Magic Missile, nor a telekinetically thrown rock was going to be any help here.  So instead, she grabbed Peter under the arms and dragged him another fifteen or so feet from the wraiths and the flaming demoness, and then got between him and them, hoping her mental shields would help him too, although it seemed unlikely.

"Red!  Try to lead them away and I'll get the little guys out!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 20, 2020, 04:59:11 PM
Red jumps the 30 feet to the top of the barrow. She leaves behind a scorched patch of grass and creates a new one upon landing. The wraiths stay away from the fire, but continue to circle.

With the doorway framing removed, the RxNXS can now enter, through it is suddenly confronted by a small canine in the passage.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 20, 2020, 09:43:51 PM
The next thing Peter knew, someone was grabbing him under the arms and dragging him away from the intense heat. He opened his watering eyes and looked up. "Oh! Leonie! Am I glad to see you!"

As soon as Red jumped up and out of the way, Reggie scrambled past the bot and out of the tunnel. **Come on, Tikk!! Hurry!!** Then he streaked toward his sitting human and flung himself into Peter's arms, licking his face frantically.

"Whoa, whoa -- I'm all right, Reg," Peter murmured, hugging him.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 21, 2020, 03:17:51 AM
"Undead!"  Of course it had to be more undead, in such a place.  Aisling decided she did not care much for this world.

It would probably do as little as when she tried it on the undead rider, but she slid into shadow and pulled her bow and arrows to her.  She fired from the shadows.  That usually wasn't effective upon the world, but with undead or spirits, she wasn't sure what else to try.  Perhaps it would distract them, at the very least.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 21, 2020, 09:45:41 AM
Tikky humpfed and oompfed his way into a u-turn after passing Reggie only to be confronted with the bot.  Unsure if the two could pass each other, being only a "tad"...wider than Reggie, *cough* he hesitates and squishes to one side in indecision.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 21, 2020, 03:46:50 PM
Temperature: 12.2
Light Intensity: 0.01
Enviro Committee: JuKp: Dark
System: Lights: Front: On
Enviro Committee: LiNw: Inside
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 1: Low Body Temperature: 32.0
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 2: Low Body Temperature: 31.8
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 3: Low Body Temperature: 30.9
Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 4: Low Body Temperature: 29.2
Logic Strategy JeWv: No Change to Action Grid
Logic Strategy HiPo: FIFO: ID: 4
Signal Lock: 34.564
ToT: 1 min
Confidency: 75%


After the canine climbed over the bot, the RxNXS found the passage blocked by a feline. It raised itself up on its six legs and moved above and over the cat.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 21, 2020, 06:07:00 PM
Tikky squeaks uncomfortably as the bot passes over him.  Now he has to decide whether to continue up...where the scary ghosts are or down...where the spooky bot is headed.  Another brief hesitation and he squishes himself into yet another u-turn deciding against the scary ass ghosts and follows the bot to the bottom.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 22, 2020, 12:10:24 PM
Red spins about on her perch at the top of the barrow, sending out waves of heat and flame. It drive back the cold and fog. The wraiths scream and swoop, keeping away from the flame but like angry buzzards not leaving.

RxNXS quickly descends the ramped passage to the tomb. It is unnaturally cold here, but which has no effect on the bot. It immediately heads over to Sam, known to it only as ID: 4. It straddles the hobbit as sensors activate.

Alert: Status Code: MoNi: ID: 4 : Found
iCAT Scan: ViOo: Initiated


Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 22, 2020, 04:52:57 PM
Tikky pops out shortly behind the bot, eyeing it as it straddles the hobbit.  Hanging back he watches it both curiously and cautiously with an occasional shiver.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 22, 2020, 04:55:48 PM
Aisling's shadow arrow impales one of the wraiths directly in an eye socket. It screams horribly and claws at its face before disappearing in a burst of wind.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 22, 2020, 06:30:54 PM
When the wraith suddenly screamed, clawed at its face and vanished, Peter gasped and wrapped his arms around Leonie's leg. It took him a moment to get it together, then he released Leonie and stood. "Sorry," he said, brushing himself off. "What do you think did that?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on October 23, 2020, 12:47:03 AM
"It is not alive." Rikerg said, mostly to himself, as he had never seen a machine that could move and make sound like it. He could see why people treated it as alive, but even though it had been warm and put off a noticeable scent before, it was now cold and unmoving. He could detect no breath or even heartbeat from it.

"That is not fair." Rikerg complained with an annoyed growl. "Why should we have to change only because we are more capable of it?" He believed that they were able to adjust their attitudes more easily, but he did not want to, especially since he was sure the effort wouldn't be returned.

"I can get along with them fine during a fight." Which, to him, meant not attacking them himself. "But I do not see how the humans could coordinate with me. I can defend myself without their aid." When the other said he hoped he would stay, he flushed a bit, "I do not... know where any of the places we are exist in regards to my own home. I do not expect to be leaving soon." He didn't quite understand what he meant of Leonie's people, but if they were anything like the humans he knew, it was normal not to understand how they thought.

"We would need to explain it to the humans before we started as well." he said, digging and clawing at hay in order to form somewhat of a nest before he slumped down in it. "They would attack me if they saw us sparring without being told beforehand."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on October 23, 2020, 04:17:36 PM
It looked as though Red had things under control, keeping the wraiths at bay while the robot went in for the halflings.  Leonie was worried about Tikky.  If he came out, he might get fried, but if he stayed down there, a wight might get him.  But she couldn't think how to help, so she stayed with Peter.

"I don't know, hang on."  She cast a quick Mann Reveal and peered through the window made by her thumbs and index fingers.  Nothing was there, but she added a temporal component and was able to look back in time a few seconds, spotting the wraith with a spectral arrow stuck in its eye socket.  "I think Aisling did that.  I think WE ought to be backing away slowly."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 23, 2020, 04:42:21 PM
"I'm glad she's on our side," Peter said of Aisling, "At least for now." He looked at Leonie. "Backing away slowly -- definitely a good idea." He began inching back from the barrow and the flaming pillar of Red.

Reggie stood his ground, watching the mouth of the tunnel intently. **I can't believe Sir Tikk went back in there. Tikk, can you hear me?**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 23, 2020, 08:17:01 PM
Aisling was actually surprised that the arrow had any affect at all.  She supposed the shadows she danced through were somehow more related to these spirits than the undead riders.

She looked for another target, making sure none of the living were in the line of fire.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 24, 2020, 11:34:38 AM
Sir Tikk jumped, and let out an un-cat like meep when Reggie's thoughts touch his.  **Uhm...yeah.  Can you hear me?  This is cool...**  Eyeing the bot he inches close enough to jump on an adjoining hobbit's slab to watch more closely.  And huddle against the hobbit for non existent warmth.  I mean he wasn't freezing but a cat has to keep themselves hot.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 25, 2020, 01:32:25 PM
**If you're safe, you might want to stay there for now** Reggie responded, staying close to Peter's ankles. **We're up to our necks in ghosts and fire**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 25, 2020, 05:10:43 PM
**FIRE??WHAT??!  Is Leonie alright??"  Sir Tikk asked anxiously as he got more comfortable against the hobbitt's side, still watching the bot.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on October 26, 2020, 05:58:46 AM
**Leonie's with us** Reggie responded.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 26, 2020, 08:28:54 AM
**Thank you,**  Sir Tikk responded relaxing just a bit more.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 26, 2020, 11:48:18 AM
After confirming that the patient could be moved, the RxNXS delicately slid itself underneath the body using rollers that ran the length of the fabric cot. Strapping Sam in, the bot headed for the passage.

Outside, as Red kept the remaining wraiths at bay, Aisling used her shadow bow to dispatch several more of the creatures.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on October 26, 2020, 05:18:24 PM
**Oh, oh!  The bot thing just picked one of them up and is heading back up the passage!**  Sir Tikk tells Reggie.  Jumping down he cautiously follows several feet behiond the bot.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on October 27, 2020, 03:21:57 AM
The spirits were swooping around, so it was difficult to track them and also make sure the arrow wouldn't hit anything else.   Aisling was VERY practiced with a bow, so she did what she could.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on October 28, 2020, 01:40:08 PM
The dark elf took out the remaining wraiths with her shadow bow. Red stopped blasting fire flares into the air.

RxNXS appeared at the barrow entrance with Sam strapped to it's back.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 02, 2020, 05:57:00 AM
Sir Tikk butted up against the bot at the tunnel entrance.  "Someone get this thing to move? I don't fancy being stuck in here....."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on November 02, 2020, 03:23:26 PM
"Damn, she's good," Leonie said to Peter, on Aisling's prowess with a bow.  She didn't bother saying it to Aisling herself.  She'd never met (or failed to meet) a more anti-social person.

When the bot came out with Sam, she used a TK spell to move it forward another foot so that Tikky could get out.  Then she bent over the hobbit to see how he was doing.  "He's still out cold.  I guess it needs to finish rescuing him before it can go back in for the other guys."

So she dropped to her elbows and army-crawled through the passage to see if she could manage another rescue.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 02, 2020, 04:43:48 PM
Sir Tikk ran over to Leonie and rubbed against her leg, "I'm so glad you're safe!  The other hobbits are all laying on slabs, not moving and pretty cold like him."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 03, 2020, 02:54:17 PM
Peter watched the bot emerge with Sam, then was startled to see Leonie drop and squirm her way into the barrow tunnel. "Whoa! Leonie!" he yelped. "God, be careful, girl, okay?"

He knew his shoulders were too wide to follow her, besides not wanting to block any sudden retreat that might be necessary. Reggie touched noses with Tikk as he scurried past him to the mouth of the tunnel, cocking his head as he listened to Leonie's progress.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 03, 2020, 04:52:05 PM
Tikk licked Reggie's nose as they touched.  "Is Leonie...crazy?  She hit her head or something while I was down there?"  Tikk followed Reggie to the tunnel entrance but stayed back and peered in.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 03, 2020, 06:01:10 PM
**Don't know about her head** Reggie said, staring down the hole at the soles of Leonie's shoes, **but, yeah, she might be nuts at that**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 03, 2020, 10:46:09 PM
Aisling kept a watch in case anything else started an attack.   She kept her bow in hand.  When she sent it back into shadow, the arrows would go, too, so she was unconcerned with collecting them.  Yes it was a convenient and special magical weapon, but only one who could Shadow Dance could use it, and she was the only one the Queen had who could use it.  That's why she also had her sword and daggers.  They had been made for the First Shadow Dancer, of which she was the Third. 

She wasn't exactly sure what was going on with the burial mounds and the rest of them...  moving metal cot, unconscious small folk, humans, and whatever... at any rate.



Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on November 04, 2020, 12:54:05 PM
"I'm okay, Tikky Fuss-Pot," Leonie said as she wriggled through the tight passage.  Both cat and dog had been down here already and ought to know whether it was safe or not. 

The passage was a good fifteen feet long, which made for sore elbows when she got there, but nothing jumped on her as she scrambled out into the larger cavern.  She made a light and studied the three hobbits' pale faces.  They weren't wearing the white robes and gold bling that the wights had put on them in the book, nor was the one long sword lying across their necks.  And Frodo wasn't awake.  This must be a different wight or wraith or whatever.

She used the TK spell as delicately as she could to lift Frodo and drift him down the passage, trying not to bang  his sagging head on the stone floor.  "Grab him!" she called as he cleared the entrance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 04, 2020, 01:18:34 PM
Reggie scrambled back as he saw the top of Frodo's head gliding toward him, and Peter jumped to the entrance of the tunnel to guide the hobbit out and lay him on the ground near the med bot. "Watch him," he said to Reggie, as he went back to help with the next hobbit.

**Roger** Reggie said, laying down next to Frodo to share his warmth. **Jeeze, this guy is COLD**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 04, 2020, 02:44:45 PM
Tikk carefully stepped onto the hobbit's chest and lay down sphinx style, ignoring the parts of him that floofed over the sides with a small sniff.  He then proceeded to purr as loudly as possible.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 05, 2020, 11:16:02 AM
RxNXS covers Sam with a mylar blanket and warms the cot. Red helps carefully warm the air around Frodo and rubs his feet and hands.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 06, 2020, 02:48:52 AM
The small ones seemed to have walked from the Tavern right into the ghostly arms of the undead.   Did they enter the mounds under their own control?  They surely weren't that hapless, although they were captured by a tree, Aisling reminded herself.

The moving cot seemed to be aiding the small folk.  This really was a whole new bizarre world, or worlds, or whatever it was she was living in.

She approved of the very useful cot.  Perhaps it should go along with the small folk to keep them out of trouble for at least longer than a few moments?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 06, 2020, 08:32:45 AM
Tikk huffed as the cot covered the hobbit and moved out of the way.  Sitting to one side he begins grooming himself.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on November 06, 2020, 06:55:57 PM
Leonie drifted Merry out of the cave next.  The cavern was unnaturally cold and her teeth started to chatter.  She hoped her fingers would stay flexible enough to cast the spell for Pippin.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 06, 2020, 08:48:03 PM
Peter was ready to guide Merry out and bring him over to where the bot and Red were caring for the others. "Here's Number Three," he said, laying Merry down. "One more to go."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 10, 2020, 12:05:16 PM
As the hobbits are magically removed from the barrow, Red warms the ground and rubs their extremities. Slowly they wake up, starting with Frodo.

"Wha?" he starts, finding himself cocooned in Mylar.

Alert: Status Code: RiMo: ID: 1: Conscious: True
Alert: Status Code: TwNi: ID: 1: Normal Range Body Temperature: 36.3


Frodo starts struggling and RxNXS releases the straps and rolls up the Mylar. The hobbit quickly gets up and looks around, confused.

"What, what happened?" He goes to Sam.

"So c..c... cold," mutters his gardener.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 13, 2020, 02:04:50 PM
Peter paused by Frodo and Sam, on his way to help Leonie with Pippin. "That's what we want to know," he said. "You just left us an hour or so ago, and already in trouble."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on November 18, 2020, 01:21:16 PM
Leonie got Pippin lifted off the ground and started him floating down the passageway, but the cold was creeping over her so fast, she lost control of her hands.  They were too stiff to be forced into the proper positions.  Pippin dropped to the ground halfway down the tunnel (fortunately too small a fall to hurt him).  "Guys?" Leonie called in a weak, teeth-chattering voice.  "I think I'm gonna..."

She hit the floor in mid-sentence.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 19, 2020, 01:23:42 PM
Peter's hearing was sharp, but a weak voice ten feet down a rocky tunnel was beyond him. Not Reggie, though.

**Pete! Pete!** he barked. **Leonie needs help!!** He ran to the mouth of the tunnel, continuing to bark.

Peter felt an icy shiver run through him. Turning to the demoness, he cried, "Red! Leonie and Pippin are in trouble. Can you warm the tunnel up? Send the bot down?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 19, 2020, 03:35:10 PM
Red turns to Peter. "Hell yes, but I'm more of a blow torch when it comes to distance." The demoness peers down the tunnel and spies the last hobbit halfway up.

"And I have no idea how to control that thing."

She looks back at Peter. "If you can shimmy down and grab the hobbit, I can pull you out by your ankles."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 19, 2020, 04:28:10 PM
"Leonie?"  Queried Tikky.  Then a moment later "LEONIE!!!!!!"  Tikky screeched as he squirmed his way past everyone at the mouth of the hole and slid, bumped and squeezed his way down to Leonie's side.  "Oh no you don't, wake up!  Wake up, time to feed the cat!"  Tikky chattered in Leonie's ear as he snuggled up around her neck area.  He briefly debated nibbling her ear but decided to give the others some time before trying that.  "HURRY UP YOU SLACKERS!  WE NEED SOME HELP DOWN HERE!"  Tikky screeched up the ramp.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 19, 2020, 06:16:14 PM
Aisling heard the commotion at one of the mounds.  The animals were sensing some problem.

She didn't think she could do much, especially in such a confined space, but she moved closer anyway.  She still kept an eye out for other threats, but their surroundings seemed quiet enough.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 19, 2020, 10:18:49 PM
Peter looked at the mouth of the tunnel, making swift calculations. It would be a tight fit, if he could get his shoulders in at all, but he had to try. As he was pulling off his tunic, Sir Tikk went squalling down the tunnel, headed for Leonie.

"Don't get in my way, Tikk," he called, getting on his hands and knees. "We'll both get stuck." His bare skin had broken out in goose bumps as he lowered himself to his lean belly, pulling his arms in front of him, like a diver ready to cleave the water, and started to drag himself forward into the tunnel. Then, as he feared, his shoulders hung up against the sides of the opening.

It was dark as pitch without the light, and Peter began to breathe heavier, fighting a bout of claustrophobia. He kicked the ground outside, pushing hard, and digging into the tunnel floor with his fingers to drag himself forward. At first he was afraid he couldn't get through, then, with a searing shock of ripping pain that made him cry out in agony, his shoulders slid reluctantly inside.

Peter shut everything out of his mind but moving forward, ignoring the cold, the darkness, his shoulders scrapping the sides of the tunnel, until his fingers touch chilled flesh. Wrapping his hands around the hobbit's ankles, he shouted, "I've got him!! Pull me out!!"

Reggie began barking and bouncing around Red in nervous excitement.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 20, 2020, 05:15:59 AM
Well, pulling a human out of a hole might be possible.  Aisling was fairly sure she was at least as strong as a human, if not a bit stronger.

She sent her weapons back to Shadow and approached the hole the human was shouting from, amidst the sounds of barking and cat-yowling.

The human was not that far in, since the mounds weren't made to be spacious (not like the huge megalithic-stone barrows of the fae, anyway).

She grabbed an ankle and started pulling, but he was heavier than expected--pretty much dead weight.

Perhaps the Demoness would grab the other ankle...???

Eh... he was coming out slowly.   

Hopefully those undead riders or more of those other spirits weren't going to attack while she was so occupied.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on November 20, 2020, 12:46:10 PM
Leonie was curled tight with her hands stuck in her armpits under the leather jacket.  She didn't respond to snuggling.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 20, 2020, 04:38:26 PM
Red grabbed a hold of Peter's other ankle. She pulled, not with all her strength, for that would just pop a leg off, and instead pulled slowly and carefully to get both the man and the hobbit out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 20, 2020, 05:26:26 PM
Sir Tikk settled down to a lonely whine as he snuggled his bulk around Leonie's neck and head.  "You can't leave me, we're both alone, well not alone alone, but...you know what I mean!"  He whispered softly in her ear as he fluffed himself as much as possible.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 20, 2020, 05:35:43 PM
Peter felt the grip on his ankle with relief, tightening his hold on Pippin, then felt a different hand -- a warmer hand that he could feel through his hiking boots. Slowly and steadily he was dragged back up the tunnel. When the back of his shoulders hit the sides of the mouth of the tunnel, he said loudly, "You might want to tug a bit harder -- my shoulders are stuck."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 22, 2020, 07:08:19 PM
The Demoness was very strong, doing most of the pulling.  Still, Aisling tried to do her part and keep a firm grip on the human's ankle.

She heard something about his shoulders being stuck.  That didn't sound good.  She kept pulling, though.  Hopefully that wouldn't tear or break anything in the human.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 23, 2020, 10:12:29 AM
"Okay, Peter?" Red calls to the stuck man. "I want you to take a deep breath on the count of one, then on the count of three let it all out. Got it?"

"One.... Two... THREE!" Red yanks Peter.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 23, 2020, 12:56:31 PM
"G-got it," Peter called back, tightening his grip on Pippin's ankles and taking a deep breath.

He tried to steady himself, knowing he was probably in for a world of hurt. When he heard Red start to say "three", he began to exhale, then he was suddenly popping out of the tunnel like a cork from a bottle. For a moment he lay on the rocky ground in shocked surprise, looking at Pippin's supine body in front of him, before the pain penetrated the cold that had seeped into his body, and he curled around himself with a gasping cry. The skin of his shoulders had been torn and rubbed raw, both from going down and coming back up, and was bleeding profusely.

**Pete!** Reggie wailed, trying to lick Peter's face. The young man tucked his head into his crossed arms to avoid the dog's tongue against his chilled cheeks.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on November 25, 2020, 02:51:11 AM
Aisling gritted her teeth a bit after the human popped out.  She hadn't heard any bones popping or cracking, but as he curled up and gasped, she had to figure he was feeling some pain. 

The demoness' strength was impressive. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 28, 2020, 11:38:15 AM
Sir Tikk carefully rearranged himself so that he draped just so without being in Leonie's way for breathing or anything before settling in and purring as loud as he could.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on November 30, 2020, 11:42:25 AM
Red is relieved that Peter came out with only minimal damage. She turned to hobbits. "Give me one of the torch - light thingies that I gave you."

Frodo looks up as he checks on the others. He nods and fishes out the strange light. "Here Miss," he offers.

Red takes it and turns to dog. "Here, Reggie, take this down to Leonie. Put it in her hand or in a pocket or something."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 30, 2020, 01:32:47 PM
**Thought you'd never ask** Reggie said, though he had no idea if Red could understand him or not. Peter was the only person he'd met who could. Giving Peter a last quick lick as the man began to slowly uncoil himself, he took the light in his mouth and bolted down into the tunnel to Leonie's inert body, curled into a cramped fetal position. Her arms were drawn tight against her body in a vain attempt to keep some spark of warmth, her hands in tight little fists.

Sir Tikk was draped on her body, purring and trying to share warmth, and Reggie stared the cat in the eye anxiously. **Back up, Tikk. I need to climb on her and you're blocking me**

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 30, 2020, 02:22:23 PM
Tikk hesitated then rubbed his head against Leonie's cheek real quick before backing off.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 30, 2020, 03:27:59 PM
Reggie crawled over Leonie's head and down onto her torso, then began nosing around at her hip. After a moment he located her back pocket, and dug at it a little with his front paws.

**Gonna be tricky** he breathed. **Hey, Tikk. Can you hook the pocket with your claws, so it's not laying flat? I gotta put this thing in her pocket**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on November 30, 2020, 05:50:24 PM
Sir Tikk moved back in and with a bit of finagling was able to hook the pocket open. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on November 30, 2020, 06:13:33 PM
**Yeah, yeah, perfect** Reggie murmured, as he placed the light on Leonie's hip in front of her pocket, then nudged it inside with his nose. **Great! We make an awesome team! I think the walking cot's gonna come and get her now, so I'm gonna get out of the way. You might want to come with**

Backing off Leonie's body, Reggie turned around and scampered back up the tunnel, giving Red a sharp bark as his head popped out.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 01, 2020, 02:31:19 AM
Aisling was almost going to volunteer to go down and help push the human up, but she saw that the demoness was getting the dog to do something.

She looked down at the other human, wondering if she should offer some light healing, but she usually only cast it on herself only when necessary, and she wasn't sure what was injured on him.  He didn't seem to be seriously injured, but then, she wasn't a trained healer.  She knew about death, and he didn't seem anywhere close to death. 

Her own arm and shoulder was feeling a little over-stretched, but nothing painful.  She suspected humans might have a lower pain threshold than fae, though.

Undecided, she stood back to see what else may happen. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 01, 2020, 08:18:47 AM
"Oh!"  Tikk quickly shook and twisted his paw to get unhooked from Leonie.  "I'm going to wait to make sure, I don't want her to be alone."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 01, 2020, 12:07:47 PM
The RxNXS perked up and suddenly went to the entrance as Reggie exited.

Alert: Status Code: TwIu: ID: 4: Low Body Temperature: 28.2
Logic Strategy FpMn: Retrieve
Logic Strategy HiPo: FIFO: ID: 4
Signal Lock: 34.564
ToT: 1 min
Confidency: 85%


The bot spider climbed down the tunnel to get Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 02, 2020, 04:12:40 AM
Well...  that enchanted cot was being very useful, Aisling thought. 

She shook out her arm without thinking, relieved that she didn't have to push or pull someone else out of the burial mound.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 02, 2020, 04:52:42 AM
Peter only took his eyes off the tunnel long enough to retrieve his tunic and vest, gingerly putting them on over his torn and bloody skin. They weren't that warm, but they were better than nothing. Sitting back on the ground, he drew Reggie into his lap and continued watching the mouth of the barrow.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 02, 2020, 12:40:30 PM
RxNXS reaches Leonie. Like a long spatula it slides itself under her prone body. Straps quickly run across to secure her to the bot. The cot warms as it begins the accent. It folds lengthwise like a wide taco to make it easier to traverse the tunnel.

Red begins tearing out more rocks and earth from around the entrance to allow the walking cot an exit. Clinching her fingers together to form a hook she pounds at the edges of the tunnel like a pickax.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 02, 2020, 05:18:24 PM
Sir Tikk watches the cot carefully as it collects Leonie.  As it heads back out he follows at a distance, especially as he hears strange noises coming from the entrance.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 03, 2020, 02:52:29 AM
Aisling is very impressed by the demoness digging out rocks.  That's something she might help with, but not with any degree of the same efficiency. 

Not knowing what else to do (aside from a quick look around to check for any new threats, of course), she notices the human looking much more worse for wear, with blood now seeping through his torn shirt-sleeves.  He's not going to bleed to death anytime soon, but then, she probably couldn't be of much help if he was.

"Would you like a minor healing?" Aisling asks him.  "I'm not entirely sure how effective it will be, but it might stop the bleeding and help with the speed of healing."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 03, 2020, 04:40:06 AM
Peter and Reggie both looked up at Aisling at the same time -- it was almost comical. "You can do that?" Peter asked, trying to keep his teeth from chattering. "Thank you... I would like that, if you don't mind."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 03, 2020, 05:42:12 PM
Red breaks away enough of the rocks around the tunnel that the spider cot can exit with Leonie on board.

"Okay," sighs the demoness as she starts to warm Leonie's hands and feet. "Is that everybody?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 04, 2020, 08:48:15 AM
"I'm here!"  Tikk chirps as he follows the cot out, then shakes himself free of dirt.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 05, 2020, 02:59:27 AM
Aisling holds her hands palms out towards the human and calls on the healing spell.  She has used it on animals and various non-fae beings before, so she's reasonably sure it should work.  It's a general healing, working through the being's system to give a temporary boost towards healing whatever the body says needs attention.   She doesn't know exactly the details of it, she just knows it can help stave off bleeding out of minor cuts, and keeping muscle tears and strains from interfering with her ability to get the job done.  The human isn't mortally injured, so the light healing should do quite a bit for him--lessen the pain, knit some of the flesh and skin, enable him to move about, even if he might be still slightly sore and scrabbed.

For more severe injuries, it has helped her get to a healer before she died.  She hasn't had too many close calls;  she is good at her job...  well, her old job.   

Dark fae are usually somewhat blood-thirsty in general, but these Tavern-travelers are fortunate that she has had more than her fill of blood-letting and has lost her taste for it...  mostly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 08, 2020, 04:12:22 PM
"Oowwwoooh, that burns!" were Leonie's first words, coming to herself with Red heating up her extremities.  Aisling's healing spell fortunately took care of the frostbite damage, so she didn't have to suffer the sensation long.  "Oh, my God, you guys, it was worse than a meat locker in there.  Is everybody okay?  Where's Tikky?" she fretted anxiously, because the cat was very likely to have gone in after her.  "Oh, there you are.  C'mere, kitty!" 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 08, 2020, 05:10:31 PM
Peter felt Aisling's healing magic flow through him, lessening the pain from his savagely torn skin and stopping the free flow of blood that had his sleeves sticking to his skin. He hung his head with relief as the Dark Fae's magic set him several days ahead on complete healing. Then something else tore through him: Images, dark and bloody, emotions taking enjoyment from the pain of others, Aisling...

Peter panted in reaction, looking back over his shoulder at Aisling's impassive face. "T-Thank you," he said quietly. "That's much better."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 09, 2020, 01:23:41 AM
Aisling glanced at the male human.  She'd felt something odd there at the last, just before he looked over at her.  So the human had some sort of magic to him, aside from being able to understand the speech of the dog.  She wondered if he'd cursed her for healing him?  Humans were strange beings--usually untrustworthy.  She couldn't tell if he had done anything at all, really.  Perhaps it was just a reaction to her spell? 

She mentally shrugged and looked over to the female human. 

It seemed her spell worked somewhat on her as well, since the human was back to squirming around and shouting for the cat.

Aisling looked around at the misty forest surrounding them.  This group literally was loud enough to wake the dead even without them talking. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 09, 2020, 01:11:05 PM
The dark elf's healing magic was quite potent on this world and its power spread throughout those on the hilltop. The hobbits were quick to recover and soon on their feet. To their surprise they found that ancient short swords had been strapped to their belts. They were very sharp and unblemished.

"Thank you again," Frodo told the group. "The cold and fog quickly overcame us, and we got separated. I had heard stories of the wights but never expected to be the victim of them."

RxNXS had folded itself back into a small briefcase. Red picked it up and handed to to Frodo. "It's a medical device that may help you on your journeys. Take it."

"Thank you." He turned to the others. "Thank you all, and farewell. You have saved us thrice now. I do hope this is the last of our trials."

The dawn was beginning to lighten the sky and the intrepid group was ready to set off. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 09, 2020, 05:17:58 PM
Tikky clumsily launched himself at Leonie.  "YOU MADE IT!"  He yelped and began purring as loud as he could as he pushed his head against any part of Leonie he could reach.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 10, 2020, 02:42:14 AM
Rikerg had curled up in the hay, following the elf's idea to take a rest. His deep sleep was interrupted by a slightly familiar smell and he lifted his head to look out of the barn. The fog that preceded a slide was starting to fill the area. He sniffed the air, not smelling a fresh scent of the ones that had left to check on the hobbits. Even if the wind wasn't in his favor, the Tavern was mostly dark and silent, and he doubted the noisy bunch would all have settled in.

He stretched, not wanting to get up, but he was sure Longboat wouldn't appreciate him doing what he planned to right next to him. He moved out of the barn, still stretching his arms. Standing at the edge of the Tavern grounds, he took in a deep breath before roaring loudly in the direction they had gone--  hoping that was warning enough for them to return.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 10, 2020, 02:54:18 AM
Aisling tapped the demoness's shoulder.

"Shouldn't you get the magic artifact FROM the human woman and return it to the small folk?"

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 10, 2020, 12:05:10 PM
The demoness nodded to Aisling and asked Leonie for the flashlight in her back pocket. "The hobbits will need that."

Red then felt the familiar tug of the start of a slide. "The slide is starting," she announced to the group. "We must return quickly."

The innkeeper took a quick moment to wave goodbye to the four hobbits before setting off at a run in the direction of the tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 10, 2020, 01:16:45 PM
Reggie started barking moments before Peter heard the deep bellow from the direction of the Tavern. "I can't believe I'm saying this," Peter quipped, standing, "but I sure hope that's Rikerg."

He quickly shook hands with the hobbits, wishing them better luck on their journey, then offered a hand to help Leonie up. "Gotta go."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 10, 2020, 03:24:44 PM
"Hurry!  Hurry!"  Tikky bounced around Leonie's feet, stretching up to her knee and tapping at her hip.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 10, 2020, 08:21:45 PM
Aisling had been worried about the Tavern sliding.  The minute she heard the announcement by the Demoness, she quickly kept pace with her. 

Aisling wasn't at all interested in staying on this world.  Too haunted by dead things and carnivorous trees.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 11, 2020, 01:06:59 PM
Leonie found herself unceremoniously dumped from the robotic stretcher when it folded up, but that was okay because she had her arms full of her cat, who was warm and cuddly.  She had to put him down to accept hand up from Peter, whose shirt was still in tatters even though his skin was intact.  "Thanks, Pete.  Okay, Red."  She dug the flashlight out of her back pocket and gave it to Sam, because he had always been her favorite hobbit.  "Sorry, guys, we gotta run.  Okay, Tikky!"

She was stumbling as she ran, still a bit clumsy from almost freezing to death.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 11, 2020, 01:26:24 PM
Peter noticed that Leonie was still affected from her close call, and adjusted his long-legged stride to run behind her in case she fell. Reggie ran on ahead, running back to check on Peter each time he caught up with Red and Aisling.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 12, 2020, 08:32:27 AM
Tikky trotted next to Leonie keeping up a steady stream of encouragement and promises of kitty warmth (including letting her put her COLD hands on/under him!).
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 13, 2020, 12:03:37 AM
Red reached the tavern grounds as the fog grew thick, shrouding the lights and upper reaches of the mansion. She turned and looked back at the stragglers.

"Hurry! Hurry Hurry!" She chanted like a naked cheerleader. "Faster!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 13, 2020, 03:07:13 AM
Peter heard the urgency in Red's voice and ran forward, catching Leonie up in a fireman's carry, and sprinted onto the Tavern grounds before he fell forward, spilling Leonie onto the grass beside him. Reggie scrambled passed them, then circled around to lie panting on the grass near them.

**That was too close** Reggie barked.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 13, 2020, 03:21:31 AM
Aisling was glad to reach the Tavern's grounds.  She stopped and moved out of the way to allow the humans to pass without difficulty.  She wondered if the humans were more gravely injured than she had thought, as they had barely kept up and she had only been walking, not running.  But then, humans were a little on the frail side.

Then the male picked up the female and got them both onto the grounds.  The dismount was a little on the rocky side, but it was effective.  Aisling couldn't decide if he either were hurt or not hurt.   

At least the cat and the dog had no difficulties.

She hesitated.  Should she stay and help them up?   Sometimes she got odd looks from humans, so perhaps they wouldn't welcome such an acknowledgement of their weakness from her (yes, she had healed them, but she had asked the male at least, first).

They did not seem to be in danger now that they were at the Tavern.  She looked around, wondering if enemies could still make it through the fog signaling the slide.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 13, 2020, 08:16:36 AM
Tikky pounced on the Peter, Reggie and Leonie tangle and squirmed his way into Leonie's arms.  Where he promptly began lecturing her.  "Don't ever do that again!  Yes, yes I KNOW you didn't mean for it to happen but COME ON, leave little ol' furry me here alone??  How could you not think of ME??" Each plead/lecture included glares and cute pleading eyes.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 13, 2020, 08:41:27 PM
Rikerg was going to return to the barn once he saw that Red and Aisling had made it back. However, he thought about what Longboat said about trying to get along with the humans. So he waited for them to make it back as well.

He sniffed the air when they came tumbling onto the grounds. He could smell the wound remnants on Peter's clothing, but there didn't seem to be a wound anymore. The cat was going wild over Leonie, so he moved closer to peer at her.

Rikerg could tell that she was cold, much colder than a human should be in the current climate. So without warning or giving reasoning for it, he slumped down next to her and tried to pull both her and the cat up against him. He ran hot normally, and from his sleep he was warmer and figured that he could get rid of the chill. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 14, 2020, 02:25:29 AM
Oh, Rikerg!, Aisling thought, wincing internally (of course), as he picked up the human.  At least he should be safe enough if the human violently objected to being grabbed.

The big guy almost made her want to pet him and give him a talk about how humans had all kinds of strange customs that were hard even for a dark fae who had encountered humans in the fae lands to understand.  But of course she didn't actually do anything, except maybe slightly raise an eyebrow...
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 14, 2020, 07:19:21 AM
Tikky started to protest as he was scooped up with Leonie, scrambling slightly as he tilted and plopped up against Rikerg's chest.  His WARM Chest.  "Oooohhh, so warm!" Sir Tikk murred in approval.  Settling down on Leonie's belly and leaning against Rikerg he began purring again.  His paws began kneading (sans claws) as his eyes closed. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 14, 2020, 12:15:40 PM
Red is relieved when the away team makes it back to the tavern grounds. She hates it when an inn-mate is left behind. At least, not of their own volition.

She's happy to see Rikerg, and that he's still here. But when the giant grabs Leonie she starts, and takes a step towards him. However, she senses no malice and realizes he's simply trying, in his way, to comfort her.

"We're back," she breathes, with obvious relief.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 15, 2020, 02:49:25 AM
Aisling is somewhat alarmed at the Demoness's relief.  Just how close were they to leaving someone behind?  And did that happen often?

She would be tempted to never leave the Tavern again, but...  that would be a little too boring, even if it was the wisest course.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 15, 2020, 12:42:13 PM
"Ooh, such a c-caveman!" Leonie tried to tease when Peter snatched her up, and weakly punched him in the chest by way of saying thanks.

She cuddled Tikk happily while he was lecturing her.  "I'm sorry, Tikky, don't be such a fusspot, everything is okay."

She had her eyes closed when Rikerg thumped down next to them, and Tikky was purring about it, so she thought for a second that someone was just draping a big, heavy fur rug over her.  But then she opened her eyes.

"AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" *gasp* HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 15, 2020, 01:17:23 PM
Peter was catching his breath, eyes closed, when Rikerg approached through the fog. The transition of the Tavern from one place to another created a null space that carried very little scent, so Rikerg got quite close before Reggie noticed him.

**Pete!!** Reggie barked in alarm, as the hulking creature carefully enveloped Leonie and Tikk in his arms and against his chest.

Then Leonie screamed, and Peter sat bolt upright, staring wide-eyed at Rikerg holding a squirming Leonie. "What are you doing?!" he yelped. "Put her down!"

The first time they met, Rikerg had tried to kill and eat the two humans, so Peter stayed where he was, not wanting to startle Rikerg into hurting Leonie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 15, 2020, 04:18:18 PM
Rikerg had not taken into consideration how he had acted before-- he wasn't attacking them now, and he thought it was obvious he wasn't going to. He was not surprised by the cat's reaction, and he expected a similiar response from Leonie. Surprise, then acceptance, however her response was anything but that.

When she did her first scream, he started, but didn't let go, staring at her, but when she took an inhale and started again, he released her and the cat in a hurry, moving back on all fours.

He started to snarl, digging his claws into the ground and glaring at Leonie. After registering what Peter had ordered, his growling grew in volume and his glower went back and forth between the two humans. He didn't move, not wanting to give anymore ground than he already had.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 15, 2020, 05:07:44 PM
"GAHDANGIT LEONIE I WAS WARM!"  Screeches Sir Tikk as they tumble to the ground.  "I mean yeah, he's....had...issues....before this, but really!  He wasn't doing anything, not even saying anything snarky!  He was only BEING WARM!"  Tikky pauses to take a breath.  "Sorry," he mumbles.  "With everything that's happened I'm a little wired...and tense."

Turning to Rikerg he takes a deep breath and ignores the growling and walks up to within arms reach.  "May I have more warmth?  And if possible, a few gentle scritches thrown in between the ears would be really nice?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 15, 2020, 05:49:05 PM
It began with the pitter-patter of cold rain. Then came the sights, sounds, and smells.

Red and green lights rhythmically flashed downward through the dissipating fog from the floating animated image of a giant woman's face popping a candy in her mouth. There was a base murmur of activity, of machinery and buzzing and whirring. Acrid petroleum fumes wafted onto the grounds, along with wet concrete, iron, and burnt... something.

The tavern was surrounded on three sides by tall and old steel, stone, and plaster buildings that disappeared into the low clouds above. In front was a paved street, full of oily water and groups of bicyclists traveling to and fro. Glowing lights for spokes, the humans rode with round brim hats with transparent visors and translucent overalls. Large things flew through the thick air above, squarish shadows with blinking lights and no wings.

A booming voice repeats itself, coming from high above. It is yet another floating machine, this one with scrolling images of luxury living spaces, bare landscape horizons, and beautiful women.

"A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies, a chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 15, 2020, 06:01:45 PM
Leonie finished off her scream with "What the fuck, what the fuck, what the fuck, Tikky, don't!"  She was on her feet by then, and starting to realize she had possibly misinterpreted Rikerg's intentions, but she was far from being calmed down.  "Shit, Rikerg!  You just tried to kill me, did you think I want to be cuddled all of a sudden?  God, at least ask first!"

Because Rikerg seemed upset and possible aggressive, just like she was feeling, she backed away from him, although keeping eye contact.  Maybe Tikky could calm him down, but she wasn't going to count on it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 15, 2020, 09:09:45 PM
Peter slowly got to his feet, watching Rikerg's body language and, taking a chance, said, "Hang on, Leonie. I -- I think he was trying to help." His special senses were picking up anger, confusion and... hurt. "I'm sorry, Rikerg. I think you startled her... and me."

Reggie snorted at the cat. **Hedonist**

Then they both noticed their surroundings, and started staring about in over-whelmed awe. "Fuck me..." Peter muttered under his breath.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 16, 2020, 01:39:35 AM
"Ugh!"  Aisling actually wrinkled her nose. 

Another over-crowded, smelly town.  Worse than the last one.  Perhaps that forest full of undead wasn't as bad as she thought.

At least the human stopped screaming before bringing more unwanted attention to them.  And Rikerg, for once, wasn't roaring and trying to rip something's limbs off.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 16, 2020, 08:13:21 AM
Tikky sniffs at Reggie.  "Yes, he was like the warmest ray of sun...." Tikky trails off after glancing over his shoulder then gapes at the exterior of the area around the tavern.  With a slight whimper and crouching down some he begins backing up to Rikerg, all the way under him out of the rain if permitted then hiding behind a leg even further.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 16, 2020, 11:38:03 AM
Red, nude and standing in the cold rain, shutters at the change in temperature. "A tech world," she says, glancing up and around. The demoness ignores the spat between Rikerg and Leonie, turns and heads for the tavern.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 16, 2020, 10:12:01 PM
Rikerg only growled more as Leonie told him what he should have done, he had felt how cold she had been and thought her wanting him to treat her in a specific way was ungrateful. Especially since he had not just tried to kill her. The cat was the one making the most sense, so he didn't object at all to the creature coming over to him. At Peter's apology, he only snorted, but he stopped glowering at the man.

He moved his body over Tikky to keep the rain away, supporting himself with one hand and using the other to slide it against the cat and slightly under him. Even though the animal was girthy, he would be able to fit on his palm if he wanted to. The dark substance looked like cold stone, but it was as warm as he was, like a rock that had been warmed in the sun. He used the tip of his thumb to scratch between the cat's ears, despite it being an enormous claw he was surprisingly gentle with it. He had pet dogs before, but never cats, they were always too skittish to let him get close.

Rikerg had attempted to look at the area around them, but the bright, multicolored, and moving lights hurt his eyes, so he instead looked down at the cat and often at Leonie, like he thought she might try something if he let his guard down.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 17, 2020, 02:07:39 AM
A Tech World?  Is that what this kind of place was called? 

Aisling had no idea what that meant, but she could tell that the Demoness wasn't greeting it with any joy. 

Aisling followed her to the Tavern, since the Demoness was the only one who seemed to know what was going on with the Tavern and the slides.  Hopefully the others would manage.  If the Demoness wasn't too concerned, Aisling didn't see why she should be worried.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 17, 2020, 08:02:44 AM
Tikky pressed into Rikerg's hand, for warmth, safety and the scratches.  "It looks scary," whispers the cat as his eyes dart around trying to follow the lights, the people, the moving objects.  "You weren't really coherent enough to ask Leonie, and he was warm and it was fast.  It would have taken longer to go inside and find and heat up a blanket and you made me worry!  Besides, I would have protected you!"  Sir Tikk says the last proudly. 

"I think I'm good right here for the moment..."  Tiky trails off as he continues to watch the new world warily, not shivering as much now that things had settled some, he was out of the rain and ohhh those scratches were so delightful and distracting.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 18, 2020, 11:30:14 AM
Red entered the tavern and headed up to her room. "Hopefully we'll slide to a spot next to a clothing shop soon," she muttered to herself. "I'm running out of clothes."

Going through her closet she finds a leather mini-skirt, thigh-high boots, and a furry white halter. "These boots were made for walking," she hums as she pulls on her latest ensemble.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 18, 2020, 11:39:37 AM
Outside the drone continues, but thankfully the broadcast voice slowly withdraws as the blimp floats away. The rain is cold and steady, but not heavy; 'light rain' a forecaster would say. It's definitely night, but there is enough ambient artificial light to see by.

The bicyclists either haven't noticed or don't care about the sudden appearance of the tavern. A crowded bus slowly goes by, full of standing people. They too seem oblivious to the new building.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 18, 2020, 01:14:30 PM
"Oh, wow," Leonie said as she got distracted from Rikerg by the cyberpunk world that had manifested around them.  "Oh, this could be bad."  She was still shivering, especially now that she was getting wet.  "I'm sorry, Rikerg," she added in a distracted way.  "You scared me.  I didn't know you were tr-trying to help.

"I hope we move on before attracting any official attention," she said to Peter.  "This place looks like you don't want to know what the jails are like." 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 18, 2020, 01:26:21 PM
"Roger that," Peter said back to Leonie, wrapping his arms around his chest in a vain attempt to keep warm. He was still chilled from the barrows, and the light but steady rain was cold. "I'm going to take Leonie inside, Rikerg. Thank you again for your help. I hope we can be friends, if you will let me."

In the meantime, Reggie had joined Sir Tikk under Rikerg's sheltering body, shaking hard to expel the rain.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 18, 2020, 06:38:31 PM
"Hey!"  Tikky grumped as Reggie shook water off next to him.  "I have no desire to go looking around this city."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 18, 2020, 06:56:31 PM
**Me neither** Reggie said, beginning to lick at his wet hair. **I still want my dinner!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 19, 2020, 03:34:26 AM
Aisling felt reasonably sure there would be no dark fae from her Court roaming about on a tech world.  She followed Red upstairs, but kept going up to her tower room. 

She took off her clothes and shook them off.  She also toweled off her hair.  Her clothes had a shed-all spell on them, but it was still good to shake them out now and again. 

She wasn't sure how the Tavern was heated, but her room was warm.  She pulled a chair over to a window and looked out.  Then drifted into dreams.

As usual, there were a huge variety of visions.  Most were obviously nonsensical.  Some others were variations upon what might actually exist in this strange town.  Lots of metal and machines.  Lots of lights and noises.  But they were fairly predictable, typical dreams, with some being threatening, some being calm.  Some featured travel in flying metal wagons, somewhat like the human female's, except flying.  They might only fly in dreams, but given the little she'd seen, flying seemed possible in this place. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 19, 2020, 03:37:36 PM
"Don't like it." He said to the cat's fears. Beyond the visual overstimulation, the loud sounds and powerful odors were overwhelming. Having the cat to focus on helped keep Rikerg from raging at the world in an attempt to make it all stop. He gave Leonie a suspicious look when she apologized.

He didn't say anything to Peter either, tensing a bit as they moved to pass him. When the dog came for shelter as well, he lowered a bit so he was resting on his forearm rather than his hand, in case Reggie was cold and wanted to be scratched with the other hand. He focused a bit on flicking splashed water off of the cat as he kept scritching him.

"Tell me if there is anywhere you would like to go." He said to both animals, he was getting soaked himself but didn't seem to mind. He wanted to make sure if they too wanted to go to the house that they wouldn't get rained on.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 19, 2020, 04:11:48 PM
Reggie was fairly certain that Rikerg couldn't understand him and that, for him, the question was rhetorical, still he wagged his tail in gratitude for the brief shelter.

Peter shrugged as Rikerg pretended to ignore Leonie and himself, and held out his hand to Leonie as he stepped around Rikerg to go toward the Tavern. He was freezing, soaked, and still a bit sore from his trip into the barrow mound. His sleeves were pink from his rain-diluted blood, and he hadn't eaten in a Tavern day (however long that was.) He didn't really want to spend any more time at the moment trying to befriend a bone-deep bigot. As a gay man, he'd dealt with more than his fair share in his life.

As Peter walked past, Reggie emerged from beneath Rikerg and followed his human.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 19, 2020, 04:36:10 PM
Tikky considered Rikerg's question.  Leonie would need time to clean up and dry off and his current location was dry and very warm.  "Can we squeeze onto the porch?"  He peeks his head around a leg to try and squint through the drizzle.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 20, 2020, 01:05:22 AM
Aisling mostly watched for what the dreamers considered monsters, or what they considered prey.  That always revealed a more primary danger, as in, did they fear or hate dark fae or humanoids or something that might be at the Tavern, and therefore be a threat to her?  Some of these signs would be symbolic, of course, but deep concerns would almost always be discernible.  She was able to sense and look at a number of dreams from various parts of the immense town.  It was a larger and more crowded place than she had ever experienced, so there were more distant parts that were beyond her ability, which was unusual for her. 

Fae-ish beings didn't seem to feature, as far as she could tell.  There were monstrous creatures, such as Rikerg, but always seemed less like Rikerg than something to do with this mechanical world.  They were creatures that seemed humanoid, but were giant-sized.  They may have horns and claws, but they were mostly metallic and mechanical, not as organic, in form.  Organics seemed to be the antithesis of this world.  Even the inhabitants, breathing organic-like beings, were covered in gloves and goggles and lights and metal--just as in reality--although in dreams these features twisted and grew wild. 

All in all, it seemed as if the Tavern inhabitants might instill some fear or disgust or desire, this place's inhabitants seemed to be more fearful or full of hatred for other beings or items from this world.  That was almost universally typical, she thought.   The new and the strange might eventually draw hatred and fear, but it would have to be seen as an issue first.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 21, 2020, 02:56:23 AM
Rikerg couldn't understand his own dog, but she was rather good at getting her own point across so he assumed Reggie would do the same. He watched the dog leave before Tikky said that he did want to move.

"Yes." he replied, lifting himself up a bit before lifting up the cat. He remained hunched over so none of the rain would get onto the cat, shuffling toward the deck.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 21, 2020, 01:28:53 PM
Tikky let himself drape a bit (most of him seemed to fit in his hand!) when Rikerg picked him up.  He could get used to this, if Rikerg continued to play nice with the humans!  He owed his life to his first human and he was very attached to humans, so even though he was thawing towards Rikerg quite a bit he was wrestling with his view of humans.  Also being cat though he tended towards the now of thought and past actions could become fuzzy without reinforcement.  Although he wasn't going to forget the wild ride he had when Rikerg first showed up anytime soon!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 21, 2020, 01:34:13 PM
Leonie gratefully accepted Peter's hand.  She gave Rikerg a small nod and smile as they left because he had meant well and he was taking good care of Tikky and Reggie.  She did not think of Rikerg as a bigot because in her (slightly bigoted) mind, only humans or humanlike creatures could be bigots.  Rikerg looked too much like an animal, so in her mind, he was merely ignorant and probably abused.  If she hadn't been the original target of his homicidal rage, she would have melted with pity for him by now.

Right now she was just glad to reach the warm, dry interior of the Tavern.  "Hot bath," she said Peter.  "You should take one too."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 21, 2020, 04:42:12 PM
Peter gave a grateful sigh as he and Leonie stepped inside, Reggie following after a good strong shake on the porch. "Absolutely," he agreed with Leonie. "As soon as I feed Reggie. See you upstairs."

At that, Reggie hopped up on his hind legs, and bounced up and down excitedly. **Yes! Yes!!** the terrier barked. **Feed Reggie!!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 22, 2020, 12:44:29 AM
Rikerg waited until the humans went inside before bringing the cat to the porch. He didn't go on it completely himself, moving up the stairs just enough so he could move his hand and have the cat be under the cover of the porch. He slouched on the stairs, becoming a blockade on them and causing the wood to groan a bit in protest. He started up scratching the cat again once he'd settled. He looked back at the surrounding area a moment, but had to look away, squinting and shaking his head.

"What were you doing out there?" he asked the feline, "Did you help the small creatures?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 22, 2020, 04:01:37 AM
Aisling let herself drift a bit more into a less observant dreaming state that was the fae version of sleep, laying her head down on the window sill.  If any commotion happened, she would be sure to hear it, but she felt safe enough in the Tavern by now to relax her vigilance a bit. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 22, 2020, 06:37:10 PM
"Yup!  And almost lost Leoni, well you saw her, we had to have her brought up on some walking cot thing, oh and Peter got all scrapped up and a little to the left, yes, there....I...that's..." The rest is lost as Tikky slumps over into a purring puddle of drool.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 22, 2020, 10:26:10 PM
Roy knew they needed a new place to hide. The police had found the old apartment they had been staying in. They needed more time to follow the strings.

"Pris and I will head up Washington," he told Leon. "You go warn Zhora that the apartment isn't safe anymore."

Leon nodded slowly. "How will I find you?"

"I'll call the food market vid in three hours." Roy grinned at his two companions. "Don't worry, they won't find us."

"If they do," replied Pris, "then we are stupid and deserve to die."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 23, 2020, 04:48:15 AM
Peter hurried behind the bar and into the pantry, scooping a cup of kibble from the bin into Reggie's bowl and putting it down onto the little mat for him. Reggie dove in eagerly as Peter returned to the barroom and headed up the stairs for one of two bathrooms on the second level.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 23, 2020, 12:31:06 PM
Leonie ran cold water in her bathtub.  Not sure how, or whether, the Tavern's water heater worked, she used Alonso's Thermogenesis to raise it to the desired temperature.  The magic in this world felt strange flowing through her fingertips.  It came slowly and reluctantly at first, and then suddenly in a gush, as if she had tapped an enormous reserve.  It felt as if nobody had ever used it before.

She soaked herself pink, feeling limp and relieved and unwilling to get out again until she had to.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 23, 2020, 02:42:05 PM
Rikerg thought it strange that these humans would risk injury for two creatures that they didn't know. "What was the reward?" he asked, thinking they must have some sort of motive. If the cat wasn't clearly happy with what he was doing, he would have thought he was growling at him, never having heard an animal purr like this before.

He continued looking back behind him at the strange world, squinting and taking in sniffs as he kept scratching the cat. It smelled of strange things, much of which he couldn't identify, but the place seemed to smell mainly of humans and of Mustangs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 23, 2020, 04:19:28 PM
Peter stripped off his soaked and bloody clothes in his room, examining his nude body in the full length mirror. The healing Aisling visited upon him had been more of a healing kick than a complete restoration of health, but he was very grateful for it. His shoulders were not as sore as he would have expected, the wounds on his skin were visible but well on their way to complete healing, with only a little scabbing.

Satisfied, though still a little troubled by the images he had picked up from the Dark Fae, Peter wrapped himself in a plush robe and padded down the hall to the unoccupied bathroom.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 24, 2020, 04:16:08 PM
"Reward?"  Tikky mumbled as he slowly rolled over onto his back.  "We kept three hobbits from freezing to death...so feel goodness at keeping some life's being gone prematurely.  Oh and saving Peter and Leonie from that wretched hole.  I swear Leonie wants me to lose some of my nine lives worrying about her, my last mistress was more...sedate.  Course she was much older.."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 24, 2020, 06:05:31 PM
Roy surveyed the strange property discreetly from a safe distance across the street. It looked like an old photoplate. Something you only saw in images from the past. Eccentric, vintage, out-of-place. But it was definitely occupied. There was some large... man or beast thing guarding the front steps and the windows were lit with movement.

There was no wall keeping out the citizens. That spoke of power. People here knew not to mess with this place. Sacred ground? A temple? A penthouse? The Nexus 6 was curious, but wary of the anathema.

"I like it," offered Pris. She was tired of the open and the rain, though it did not hamper her. She preferred interior spaces.

To be direct or indirect, that was the question, thought Roy. Undoubtedly there is remote monitoring of the property. Sneaking to the building will be difficult without knowing what sort of security system they have. Chances are high they would be caught. Better to be direct.

He looked at Pris. "Sympathy is desired. Be unconscious until I tell you otherwise."

The basic pleasure model nodded at Roy and immediately slumped over. He lifted her in his arms and headed across the street between the roves of bicycles and vehicles. Walking up the path towards the front entrance he called out.

"You there! She needs help! Can you help us?" The soaking wet Caucasian man with short white hair and blue eye was holding a limp woman in his arms. He stops halfway up the path and looks pleadingly at Rikerg.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 25, 2020, 03:43:42 AM
Aisling lifted her head.  She had heard the stranger shout from the front path.  She looked down to see a humanoid carrying another.  He seemed to be talking to Rikerg, which she was pretty sure wasn't the best idea.

It was a good thing she didn't need a lot of sleep.  Her very brief rests were enough for the time being.  A longer rest would still be good at some point, however.

She got quickly got dressed and went down.   

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 25, 2020, 05:08:34 PM
Sir Tikk opened one eye as the man approached carrying a body.  "What's this?"  He whispered.  "I wonder why he hasn't run in terror from you ?  You are quite fearsome in appearance, and I mean that in a good way," Tikky added keeping his voice low.  With an un-cat like grunt he rolled back over and sat up, leaning to one side to peer around Rikerg at the man in the rain.  "Don't scare him off, we could get some information on this world from him,"  Tikky adds quietly as an after thought.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 25, 2020, 06:07:02 PM
Peter ran the shower as hot as he could stand and stood under it, letting it run through his wild curls and seep into his chilled muscles, washing away the aches and pains. He thought about the world they had arrived in, making a distasteful noise as he soaped up. He was used to urban environments -- it was in such a setting that he and Nicholas had run their business -- but this place was like Urban-on-Steroids. He wrinkled his nose as he rinsed off. He was pretty sure he wasn't going to like it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 26, 2020, 03:21:23 AM
Aisling got downstairs. 

Only the cat and the Tusked One at the door.  Where was the Demoness? 

This wasn't good...  It wasn't as if she was any better at handling the situation than the cat and Rikerg--and they were possibly two of the worst.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 26, 2020, 08:29:18 PM
The demoness encountered Peter on his way to the bath.

"Hey handsome," she purred. "How you feeling? Did Aisling's spell do you some good?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 26, 2020, 10:06:32 PM
"Hi, Red," Peter smiled at the demoness. "Actually, yeah, I'm feeling much improved, thanks. Still a little sore and scraped up, but it's like I've been healing for almost a week." He fingered one of his shoulders through the robe, probing the sore area idly. "It was very kind of Aisling," he added softly.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 27, 2020, 03:47:25 AM
Rikerg saw them coming, whenever he looked back and forth, the placement of people changed, No one was standing around, everyone was on the move and none seemed to have time to look at the Tavern. So when one of them was looking and heading directly toward them, he kept his eye on them.

When he spoke to him, Rikerg didn't know how to respond. They smelled of humans and they looked like them, but instead of attacking or avoiding him, this one was asking for his help. If the cat hadn't said anything, he might have just sat there staring at Roy. Tikki made sense, if anyone could figure out what was going on in this strange place then it would be one of the residents.

He had meant to guard the Tavern while the others were recovering from their adventure, but he also thought of how willingly Red had allowed in... anyone, really. These ones weren't attacking, but asking for help, and he doubted Red would appreciate him scaring them off.

"What sort of help do you need? If it is shelter, you may come up here." he shifted so that there was room for them to come up the stairs, "If that one is injured, you should ask inside. If you are being hunted, I can slay anyone that tries to follow you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 27, 2020, 04:26:37 PM
Tikky peeked around Rikerg eyeing the man below the steps.  He sniffed but between  the pollution and drizzle he couldn't smell much.  Glancing at the closed door he sent his thoughts to Reggie.  **Hey Reggie, there's some strange man carrying a person out here standing in the rain asking for help....**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 27, 2020, 05:06:02 PM
"Well, don't let me keep you from your bath hotstuff." Red smiled. "And thank you for all your help with those Hobbits." She gave him a quick kiss and a squeeze of his butt cheek before heading back down to the bar.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 27, 2020, 05:28:39 PM
Roy takes in the giant's words. "That is very generous of you. Thank you. Shelter and perhaps a place for my companion to rest. She is exhausted."

He takes the steps up and smiles at Rikerg. "I'm Roy and this is Pris." He seems to have no difficulty in carrying the woman.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 27, 2020, 06:20:32 PM
Peter smiled fondly as he remembered Red's peck and squeeze as he toweled dry. He really liked Red. She was too sexually forward, and that had really bothered him when he first arrived at the Tavern, but as his intense grief had receded to slightly manageable levels, Peter had come to appreciate Red for the incredible force of nature that she was. As he made his way toward his room, he saw Reggie pop out of the small doggy door Peter had had put in for him.

"Reggie?" he queried.

**Gotta check on something** the terrier said, as he hurried for the stairs. **There's 'company'** To Tikk, he called, **On my way!**
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 28, 2020, 03:20:56 AM
Aisling was surprised at how calm the Tusked One was, considering his initial dealings with humans.   He sounded very reasonable. 

She retreated back into the barroom to await what may occur.  She could hear the tap of paws and the tread of the Demoness on the stairs.  That was good.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 28, 2020, 09:51:14 AM
Sir Tikk backs up even more as Roy comes up the stairs, making sure Rikerg has plenty of room to move if he does anything.  Unsure on what to do next he sits and carefully wraps his tail around his paws and tries to look inscrutable hoping Red or Peter or some other human would show up.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 28, 2020, 12:55:26 PM
Leonie soaked, scrubbed, then toweled and put on dry clothes out of her suitcase, then hung up all her wet things.  Then she figured she'd better go down and see if any criminal street gangs or warring police tribes were about to attack the Tavern.  She hadn't packed a hair dryer, but she knew a spell that made the water go spung! out of her hair so that it was all curly and frizzy again.

She was too late too catch Reggie popping out, but she heard the clack of his toenails on the stairs as she waved to Peter and headed down.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 28, 2020, 03:24:34 PM
Rikerg was still thrown off by their politeness, smelling them as they came up the stairs to try and detect anything inhuman about them, but all the humans here seemed to stink of the city. He certainly couldn't detect any magic or animal on them. He leaned up across the deck, pushing the door open with a claw for them.

"I am Rikerg." he answered, but didn't know what to say in regards to being called generous by what seemed to be humans.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 29, 2020, 12:22:29 PM
Red arrived at the bar just as the man carrying the woman entered the front. She crossed the room to greet them.

"Hello I'm Red, and this is the Sliding Tavern. Do you need help?"

"Yes," Roy nodded. "My sister is exhausted from our journey. Is there somewhere she can rest?"

"Of course, yes, we have beds available." The demoness waved him towards the stairs. "Follow me." She took them towards the stairs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 29, 2020, 12:29:34 PM
Leonie arrived at the bottom of the stairs when Red and Roy reached it.  "Oops!  Sorry.  Hi, Red." 

She went slightly wide-eyed and weak at the knees and forgot to move out of their way.  The man was gorgeous, albeit in an old-fashioned Eighties kind of way.  That white hair.  That blue-eyed intensity.  Such a build.  And such good taste in clothes.  "Hi.  You're Leonie.  I mean, I'm Leonie." 

She registered the presence of the woman he was carrying.  "Oh!  Sorry."  She scooted aside.  "Is she okay?"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 29, 2020, 12:42:11 PM
"Hello," replied the man. "Roy. She's exhausted. It's been a long journey."

"Let me get you to a bed," offered Red, and glanced at Leonie with a wry smile.

She took them to the second floor and to a guest room full of large pillows and a canopy bed, all done in warm oranges and royal blue. Red pulled the comforter back and let Roy lay her on the bed. The demoness sensed no fever on her, nor an elevated heart rate. She also sensed the woman was not asleep, for the succubus can pick up on the dream states of those who are, but she said nothing.

The demoness turned to man. "Do you think she needs anything? Food? Water?" She asked as she reached for a towel and handed it to him.

"Just rest. It's been a long journey. Thank you. I am Roy and this is Pris."

Red nodded. The man was being sincere but there was something off about him. "Would you like a room as well?"

"No, not right now. I'm okay and I want to make sure she is safe."

Red smiled at the sentiment. "I understand."

"But I do need to make a vidcall. Do you mind?"

"We don't have any technology of that kind here," replied the demoness. "We just got here."

Roy frowned. He's not sure what the woman meant by that, but he didn't want to press it just in case it raised suspicion. "I see."

"Can my sister stay while I go make my call? It won't be long."

"Sure."

"Thank you for your generosity, Red. You have been of great help."

"That's one thing we like to do here: help people. And you are welcome, Roy." Red smiled, but noted that he still hadn't used the towel in his hand. Together they returned down the stairs.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 29, 2020, 01:46:13 PM
Reggie stood under one of the tables in the barroom and observed the newcomers suspiciously. His sense of smell was keener than Sir Tikk's, and he inhaled thoroughly as the man walked past, carrying the pretty girl. **Something's off about them** he sent to Tikk and Peter. **Not sure what. They stink like the city, but there's something else... something underneath**

He crept out from under the table to follow Roy, but stayed outside the bedroom door as Roy walked out without the girl and went downstairs. **He's leaving to make a vidcall, whatever that is**

Peter was in the Diamond bedroom, getting dressed. Good job, he thought back. Be careful.

Peter chose a cool grey pallet in various shades: a long sleeved cowl-necked shirt, sleek pants tucked into attractive but sturdy demi-boots, a cap-sleeved hip-length vest, and a belt that rode low on his narrow hips. Standing in front of the mirror to approve his look, he fluffed his drying curls. Damn it, he thought. I'm going to at least get a PB & J before I starve to death!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 29, 2020, 04:22:55 PM
Tikky hesitated as Roy entered then darted in at the last moment and hung back around the door as Roy and Red continued to talk and go up the stairs.  **I agree Reggie, I just can't pinpoint it.**   As the two came back down he scooted off to the side under a table and watched the room curiously. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 29, 2020, 07:04:05 PM
Leonie propped open the front door so that Rikerg could wedge himself onto the porch and feel included in the bar scene if he wanted.  It was still raining, but it wasn't cold, now that she had thawed out.  Global warming, probably. 

She spotted Sir Tikk under the table and went to sit there in case he wanted to jump into her lap.  "I'm hungry.  Are you?"

Then Red and Roy came back down, and she couldn't help staring.  "God, he's gorgeous," she whispered to the cat.  "Look at the way he moves.  Did he say anything about himself?  Shit, I'm blushing."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on December 30, 2020, 12:07:54 AM
Rikerg remained outside, even with Longboat's reassuring words, he still felt like Red didn't want him coming into the Tavern. He had similair confusion about what exactly the two were, but instead of making him more wary of them, he would have been relieved to find they weren't humans.

He listened to the conversation inside as well as he could, but with walls and doors between, the pattering rain, and the noisy city he didn't make out much of it at all.

When the door was propped open, he didn't think it was done for his sake. Still, he scooted toward the door, putting his head in, his hair dripping wet and hanging loosely about his face.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 30, 2020, 04:05:33 AM
Aisling wasn't sure why Red didn't want the big beastie inside the Tavern.  He'd come up from downstairs and had been in the barroom before he'd rushed out to attack the metal carriage. 

She also wasn't sure why the man had come in and left his woman upstairs.  If the Tavern slid while he was gone, he'd probably never see her again.

Not that the Demoness was that informative about much to do with the Tavern. 

She couldn't even begin to understand some people.

She sat down and waited to see what happened next.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 30, 2020, 04:43:02 AM
Peter left his room, walking past Reggie, who was crouched in an out of the way spot near the Pearl Bedroom. You good? he thought at the dog.

**I've got this** Reggie responded.

"Good," Peter whispered, and headed down the spiral stairs. As he entered the barroom, he stopped, like Leonie, struck by Roy's charismatic beauty. "Oh dear," he breathed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 30, 2020, 09:50:49 AM
Tikky hopped up on the bench next to Leonie.  "You're drooling and your tongue has unrolled," he stated mildly.  "A human's physical appearance means nothing to me, I judge based on how well they treat animals and each other."  He spoke quietly hoping Roy wouldn't hear him, he wasn't sure how well he would take to a talking cat.  "Oh and yes food, and his name is Roy and his sister is Pris."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 30, 2020, 01:10:45 PM
"Oh, that was his sister?"  Every part of Leonie other than her actual voice said, "Good."  She got up to go behind the bar and rummage out food for her and Tikky.  On the way, she passed Roy a little closer than was strictly necessary and said, "I hope she'll be okay.  Where did you guys come from?"

She spotted Peter's expression when he came in, and gave him a half-laughing glare.  Hey, I saw him first!
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 30, 2020, 01:59:45 PM
Roy mentally calculated his options as he came down the stairs with the one called Red. We just got here, she had said. Was she too a replicant from offworld? He noticed that her temperature was above normal. Does she have a malfunction of her central control system? He wonders if, like him, her four-year span was coming due. And then there was the giant at the front door. Was he a replicant as well? He had never seen such a thing before, but he did know that before replicants there were, and are, plenty of artificial animals manufactured by the Tyrell corporation, all done before the leap to "More human than human."

Certainly they would know about Blade Runners and their illegal status here on Earth? Yet they seemed to be living in the open, at least for the moment. Did they have powerful connections? How did they manage to get here? Or is this some further 'experiment' by Tyrell himself? So many questions and so little to go by.

Roy nodded to Leonie when she walked by. "Yes, I believe so, now that she can rest," and - time to throw another card on the table - "Kalanthia," he says quietly to the question of where they came from.

He watches for the reaction from those in the room at the mention of the offworld and war-torn colony.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 30, 2020, 04:02:17 PM
Peter met Leonie's competitive expression with a raised eyebrow and a smile. Then he blew her a playful, silent kiss. The name Kalanthia meant nothing to him, but since Roy was responding to Leonie, Peter decided not to add any comment, avoiding butting in on the conversation. Moving behind the bar into the kitchen, Peter began rummaging in the pantry for a scavenged meal: bread, peanut butter, saltines, a can of chicken soup, a bottle of original Coke. His stomach growled and he felt light-headed at the thought of getting some food into his stomach.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 30, 2020, 04:24:54 PM
Roy seemed to expect the name of the place would mean something to her.  He had a sort of wary fugitive or refugee attitude, which only made him seem more romantic to Leonie.  Though she wasn't so love-struck that she didn't notice he dressed very slick for a fugitive or a refugee.

"Sorry, I don't know what that means," she said.  "We're, uh, really new here.  Did Red tell you what this place is about?"

The annoying thing about the constant slides, she thought, was all the time you had to spend explaining to new people.  They needed to post it outside the Tavern: HELLO, WE'RE NOT FROM AROUND HERE, BUT DON'T WORRY WE'LL BE GONE SOON.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 30, 2020, 06:42:46 PM
"Well, Roy," began Red to Leonie's prompting, "This is called the Sliding Tavern because it does just that. It slides from one world to another. It can happen at any time. We might be here for an hour, a day, or longer. But when the slide begins there's about a fifteen minute warning and then we are gone. If you are on the tavern ground you'll go with us, if you're outside of that, you'll stay."

She paused and pulled out a bottle of whiskey and a some shot glasses. "So if you leave to go make your call, we may be gone by the time you get back." She pours out some of the amber liquid and hands it to him. "Now if that starts to happen, I can place Pris outside of our boundary, so she stays, but I can't guarantee her safety once I do that." Red downed her shot.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on December 31, 2020, 03:03:33 AM
Fifteen minutes, Aisling thought.  Human time worked strangely in the Dark Queen's lands, so that meant little to her, although she could estimate the periods that she had experienced. 

Mist -- Red hadn't mentioned the main sign of a slide.  But then, maybe the fog didn't look like fog from beyond the Tavern's land?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on December 31, 2020, 03:24:03 PM
Roy processed what Red just told him. His extensive knowledge of current technology does not match up with what she is saying, assuming that what she is saying isn't a fabrication or euphemism. Perhaps she is delusional. Best not to contradict her at this juncture.

"I see, well the vidstation is right across the street. I'll keep an eye on this place while making the call." He smiles. "Thanks for the warning and offer to care for Pris." He takes the shot of whiskey and downs it with Red.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on December 31, 2020, 03:34:51 PM
Leonie busied herself assembling a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich so that she didn't have to make eye contact with Roy.  "If you're in some sort of trouble," she said hesitantly, "really bad trouble, I mean, you can, if you really want to get away maybe permanently, you can come along."  She was probably overstepping her authority (and right in front of Red too) but the impulsivity of a hormonal 21-year-old knows no bounds.

Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on December 31, 2020, 04:02:40 PM
"I better still get dibs on your bed first!"  Tikky shouts impulsively.  Then, embarrassed, ducks his head below the tabletop realizing what he just spontaneously shouted and how it sounded...."Oops," he mumbles remembering he was going to stay quiet.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on December 31, 2020, 04:10:32 PM
Peter smiled as he listened to Leonie, while he fixed a couple of sandwiches and arranged the food on a tray. She was only a few years younger than he was, but his recent loss made any physical need less obvious. Going into the kitchen, he poured his hot soup into a bowl and carried it out to add it to the tray, then moved to a table in the back of the room.

Tikk's shout made Peter cringe, then chuckle.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 01, 2021, 10:18:47 PM
Rikerg wasn't so much attracted to Roy for his looks, those were an afterthought compared to the way he had reacted upon seeing him. If he had realized both the humans were vying for his attention, he would have tried to dissaude them.

"I will come with you." He offered to Roy, certainly not wanting the place to leave without the strange human. Even though he would rather not go out into the strange bustling world--- perhaps the other humans here were of a decent sort.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 02, 2021, 02:48:47 AM
The humans seemed to be making themselves a light repast.  It was not exactly food Aisling recognized.  Something on sliced bread, she guessed.  Humans seemed to eat somewhat similar things, even where she came from. 

She wondered if she was free to root through the larders?  She wasn't that hungry at the moment.  It took very little to nourish her, and the ale was good enough for a while.  But eventually she should seek something more filling.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 03, 2021, 06:17:26 PM
Leonie turned pink and wished she could crawl under a table herself.  "Oh, my God, cat!" she groaned, facepalming.  "I'm gonna..."  she was about to say 'turn you into a rug,' but she realized Rikerg was listening and would probably take the threat literally.  "...give you a bath!"  she ended.

Nonetheless, she put several extra pieces of bacon on a plate to feed to her super-spoiled feline.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 04, 2021, 12:58:13 PM
Roy looked at Leonie as if seeing her for the first time. His blue eyes focused on her and did not blink.

"Thank you." Is all he says to her offer, though his mind is full of other thoughts.

He has but one purpose: longevity. Nearing the end of his 4 year lifespan as dictated by his creator, Eldon Tyrell, Roy seeks out that most famous of innovators to find a way to remove his arbitrary end-of-life datestamp. He has, and will, do anything to achieve that goal. Will these strange people occupying this 'Sliding Tavern' provide a means to his ends? Perhaps. Perhaps they too are replicants, not Nexus-6, but another line of experimental creations by the great creator himself? If so, they might provide valuable information on Tyrell. First, though, he must check in with Leon.

"I will be back shortly," he tells them. Turning, he heads for the door.

"You may follow, if you wish," he tells the giant, "But there are those who pursue me, and I would not like to see you associated to me in their eyes. So, if you could, stay some distance away."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 04, 2021, 07:03:03 PM
"I will do that." He didn't question why he was being followed, and intended to keep an eye out for any possible attacks.

Rikerg got up and off the porch, stretching and waiting for the other to take the lead. Deciding to leave a wide gap between the two of them as he asked.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 04, 2021, 09:01:29 PM
Peter watched and listened to Roy and Rikerg thoughtfully. Rikerg's hostility toward humans didn't seem to extend to the silver-haired hottie, which made it a lot more likely to Peter that Roy and Pris weren't human at all. He looked back toward the stairs leading to the second floor.

How's it going up there, Reg? he thought at the dog.

**All's quiet** Reggie responded. **Not a peep from the room**

Thanks, puppy.

Peter felt a flush of pleased warmth from Reggie.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 05, 2021, 02:14:28 AM
Aisling moved towards the kitchen and food storage area. 

No one looked alarmed at the newcomers, but she kept her wariness up.  She also thought she should see what was available to eat while she could.

It seemed as if the Tavern was always going to be in some sort of tumult as it slid so often.  She should just get used to the idea and grab nourishment and rest when she could.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 05, 2021, 01:15:23 PM
After taking a moment to recover from the intensity of Roy's gaze, Leonie took a tray of food over to the table Sir Tikk was hiding under.  Her cheeks were still flaming.  "Thanks a lot, cat," she grumbled, but dropped a piece of bacon anyway.

She wondered what Roy had been thinking.  He hadn't looked like a guy enthused by the possibility of getting laid, but rather considering how he could turn the situation to his advantage.  And someone was hunting him?  Maybe Red ought to find out more about people before she invited them in.

"I don't think you should go, Rikerg," she told the giant.  "It will be dangerous."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 05, 2021, 02:50:05 PM
Tikky quickly grabbed the bacon and mumbled a you're welcome around it.  When he finished he popped his head up and reached out to snag more.  "Starving  kitty here," he pleaded.  "I think Rikerg could take on anyone, but killing someone here could get us into trouble until we leave.  I would starve to death in jail!"
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 05, 2021, 03:52:11 PM
Pris opens her eyes and looks around the room without moving. Then, slowly, she pulls the comforter off and sits up, quietly placing her feet on the floor. The Nexus-6 takes in the room. Orange and blue fabrics dominate, luxurious-looking wood styled furniture, all done in a vintage theme. She stands and walks to the door to listen. Hearing only the filtered sounds of the city she turns her attention to the dresser. There she finds a mishmash of clothing from t-shirts and socks to dresses and pants, all in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Smiling, Pris pulls off her wet clothing and puts on a pick blouse with black frill trim and a pair of white short shorts.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 05, 2021, 08:03:08 PM
When Leonie spoke to him, he turned and glowered at her, thinking she meant it was dangerous for the humans out there if he was allowed to leave. Tikky's comment cleared it up, and he looked at her confused.

"Why should it matter to you if I am in danger?" He asked, still suspicious. Then, to keep the cat from worrying, he added: "I will not kill any humans." He didn't think any prison could hold him indefinitely, but he could be left behind in this overwhelming place.

If Roy were attacked, he could just knock them away rather than rip through them. Especially if they weren't going too far. Once the man was mostly out of sight, fully out of sight to Rikerg since he couldn't make out the white hair among the crowd, he followed. He kept his head down, focusing on his scent on the ground rather than having to look up at the bright lights.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 06, 2021, 04:21:08 AM
Aisling thoroughly checked out the kitchen and larder.  There were some things that were totally alien to her, but otherwise it looked somewhat like the Taverns did in the human villages, although in a completely different style. 

She found a few cuts of raw meat in a bespelled cold cupboard, called her dagger and cut off a few small slices and ate them.  Not bloody enough for her taste, but she was too lazy to look for that fresher cut of meat the Demoness bought two worlds ago.

She washed off a crunchy orange root vegetable in an odd-looking basin, and made short work of eating that.  She cut a chunk of cheese and wrapped it in a freshly rinsed green leaf.   The cheese was bland, just how she liked it.  The greens, slightly spicy.  A nice combination.  It was maybe six or seven bites, but it filled her. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 06, 2021, 08:47:27 AM
"Well that's a better promise than anything I think we can hope for," Tikky mumbled around another piece of bacon as he slowly reached up and over for another.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 06, 2021, 03:34:33 PM
Once Roy left the tavern Red looked at the others. "Rikerg warned of pursuers and there's obvious deception going on here. Pris was not unconscious when we took her upstairs." She frowned. "I'm not sure they are even human... not that that matters of course. And that could easily be true of everyone in this city."

After another shot of whiskey the demoness continued. "Regardless, that is no reason to throw them out. We may think of this place as our private home, but it is, after all, a tavern. Plenty of questionable characters have come through that door. I know, I was one of them. We must withhold judgement until deed or evidence shows us otherwise."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 06, 2021, 03:53:37 PM
Roy crossed the busy avenue in the pouring rain to the vidcomm station. Glancing back he noticed that the one called Rikerg had followed, but stayed on the other side of the street.

He steps into the booth and activates the device. The connection, as usual for a public vid, was poor.

"Leon. What news?" Roy asks the image of the Nexus-6 combat unit.

"Zhora is dead."

"What happened?"

"She was shot by a man."

"A man? A police... man?"

"..Yes," nodded Leon after a pause.

"Did he see you?"

Leon frowned. "..No."

"Kill him. I have found a place for us to hide. Here's the address," Roy punches the keyboard. "Come when you are done. Make sure no one follows you."

Roy ends the connection. The blade runners are getting too close. He needs to find a way to Tyrell soon. Time is running out.

He opens the booth and dodges back across the street towards Rikerg. He walks by without acknowledgement and heads back onto the tavern grounds.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 07, 2021, 03:37:16 AM
Aisling could hear the Demoness speaking.  She wondered if she was included in the "we" of the Tavern.  She guessed so, and it boggled her mind a bit.  It made her feel slightly more secure at the Tavern.  She was one of them, even had a room of her own.  That could all change in a flash, of course.  But it was as settled as anything after her escape from the Dark Queen's clutches.  She could take her hypervigilance down a small notch, but she'd never be relaxed.   That just wasn't in the nature of a dark fae brought up in the Queen's Court.  To be there was to watch for your life every moment.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 07, 2021, 09:55:35 AM
"Hear hear!"  Sir Tikk roused as he snagged the last piece of bacon. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 07, 2021, 02:26:00 PM
When Roy stopped, Rikerg did as well, crouching on the ground and waiting for him. People didn't seem to mind him much except for the space he took up, everyone in the area shuffling from one place to another and not wanting unnecessary trouble with what seemed to be a larger, faulty and possibly illegal or dangerous form of replicant. He saw that Roy summoned up a strange image of someone, and he watched, smelling the air and wondering why he couldn't smell any magic at all.

He was able to make out some of the conversation over the crowd, focusing his hearing on Roy's voice over the rest. He heard his order for someone to be killed, but it didn't make him suspicious, he was apathetic about whoever the other wanted dead. He got the hint not to look at him when he was walking toward him and back to the Tavern, turning his head away and waiting a bit before moving back onto the grass. He rubbed his claws and his feet on it, wanting to get the stink of the city off of him. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 07, 2021, 05:28:50 PM
As soon as Pris started moving in the room, Reggie thought at Peter **The girl is up. I think she's looking for clothes or something**

Peter was in the kitchen, washing his dishes. Thanks. Stick with it, buddy.

**Yup. Hey, BTW, Tikk got bacon**

Peter flushed with shame. Sorry.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 07, 2021, 10:28:39 PM
Leonie froze at Rikerg's question, unable to answer it.  Fortunately, the monster left without waiting for one. She raised an eyebrow at Red's speech.  "All very well and good," she said, "but we've got to sleep sometime, you know?  Can't we ever just hang out the 'closed' sign?"

Getting around to forgiving Tikky at last, she hoisted him onto her lap and fed him a speck of bacon leftover from her sandwich.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 08, 2021, 03:28:49 AM
The human mage had a point...  the Tavern always seemed to be busy.  Aisling had been able to rest somewhat in the world right before the girl and her machine, the cat, the very powerful bard, and others had suddenly rushed in before a slide.  But she had still been far too keyed up about hunters. 

She'd just sat hunched over her ale...  which was she was about to do now, as she stepped back into the barroom. 

She could see all too much of that awful glowing, stinking, over-grown town through the windows.  She shuddered at the amount of strange metals and the buzz of alien not-quite magic, and hoped she wouldn't have to go out there.  The last world with all it's undead would be more welcome to her.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 08, 2021, 09:38:38 AM
Tikky carefully kneaded Leonie's lap and ate the last of the bacon before attempting to fit himself on Leonie's lap.  "A helpful human would put their legs up on the bench across from them for their cat friend...."  He implored as he attempted to squish his bulk into a smaller form.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 08, 2021, 03:49:22 PM
Pris opened the door to the guest room and looked out at the hallway cautiously. Not spotting Reggie just yet she steps out and carefully closes the door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 08, 2021, 03:52:31 PM
Red smiled at Leonie. "Yeah, things have been pretty busy of late. But there are lulls as well. I thought things were going to be pretty quiet back there in the forest, up until the Hobbits broke that calm."

Roy returned, walking confidently into the room.

"Red, we need to talk. It's urgent."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 08, 2021, 05:01:17 PM
Reggie remained motionless, watching Pris quietly exiting the bedroom. **She's on the move, Pete** he sent. **I'm with her**

Good, Peter responded, entering the barroom from the kitchen. He was still behind the bar when Roy walked back in. The man just got back, too.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 09, 2021, 02:50:29 AM
Rikerg walked over to the Tavern, but he didn't go under cover. The rain smelled foul, but the water that had been on the ground smelled worse and he'd rather have it washed off. Once they were out of this place, or it stopped raining, he would use that hose device again. He watched the perimeter, waiting to see if any of the people tailing Roy had picked up his trail.

"I didn't kill anyone." He announced aloud, mostly for Tikky's sake. He hadn't even attacked anyone, but since he hadn't promised that he didn't mention it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 09, 2021, 04:46:25 AM
Aisling helped herself to some more ale, noting and avoiding the human male behind the bar.

She slid into a chair by a window table.  She hated looking at all that ugly unnatural light, but she still wanted to keep an eye outside and inside as much as possible. 

The the male who had left a woman upstairs came back, bringing the smell and buzzing sensation of the world outside with him.  He smelled of cold iron, only different and worse in many ways. 
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 10, 2021, 08:48:22 AM
"Oh good,"  Tikky replies to Rikerg's comments as he finally settles for being only half on Leonie's lap.  " I can take a nap and not get interrupted."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 11, 2021, 12:52:14 PM
Red nods and steps over to Roy. He looks around at the assembled group as if to object to an audience, but then turns back to the proprietress.

"I don't have much time left. My incept date was the 8th of January, 2016." He looks pleadingly at Red. "I must speak with Eldon Tyrell."

"Roy, I'm not sure..." begins the demoness.

"Look, I know you are castaways," interupts Roy. "Or an experimental replicant group or something, and you may not know this, but Tyrell created me, a Nexus-6, as well as Pris, and all of you. We all have a termination date! For us it's four year lifespan. I must find a way to extend my life."

Pris slowly came down the stairs when she heard Roy's voice. She now stands at the bar's back entrance.

"Please, can you not help us?" She asks the group.

Red opens and closes her mouth several times, and then looks around the room, not knowing where to begin.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 11, 2021, 01:01:15 PM
Leonie blinked her way in confusion through all of Roy's gibberish while cuddling Tikky on her lap.  But however unfamiliar the jargon he used, she grasped the basic science-fictiony concept right away.

"Let me get this straight."  She stood up and deposited Tikk on the seat of her chair.  "You're an artificially created human."  Like a golem, she thought, only imbued with an original personality instead of being a copy.  "And you have a deliberately induced expiration date.  That's sick," she added as a throwaway comment. 

"Um, would you mind if I took a look at you?"  She produced a piece of tinted glass from her pocket and cast a true seeing spell on it.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 11, 2021, 01:50:04 PM
Peter didn't move from behind the bar as he listened to Roy. "You're slaves," he said, his disapproval of the mistreatment and ownership of sentient beings clear on his face and in his voice. The embedded self-destruct date, the fact that Roy was aware of his impending destruction, seemed unspeakably cruel.

He looked up as Pris spoke, seeing the pretty girl for the first time, standing shyly at the foot of the stairs. Reggie was standing at the top of the stairs, watching her. Peter had no idea who Tyrell was, but he didn't question anything about him or mention him, letting Roy think what he would about the Tavern folk lest any other response upset the tall man. Roy was already under a lot of stress as it was.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 11, 2021, 04:30:14 PM
Sir Tikk took his deposit from a warm lap in stride switching to grooming himself instead as he listened in on the conversation.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 12, 2021, 03:00:39 AM
Aisling frowned at the stranger's words.  She understood that they needed help.  Something about a creator who had put a limit on their life.  Well, most all humans were mortal and had limits, although four years did seem cruelly short.  (On the other hand, four years was better than centuries as a slave...  at least for many beings, that would be true.)

The strangers seemed to think 1) They were similar beings.  2) They could help.

Aisling was pretty sure both were fallacies.

Even the Demoness looked nonplussed.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 12, 2021, 01:24:40 PM
Roy, puzzled, looked at Leonie and shook his head no.

Red takes a long deep breath and sighs.

"Pris." She looked at the woman, then at the man. "Roy. Whether we are what you say or not, the important thing is we do not know this Tyrell, nor how you can reach him. If your time is short, it might be best to seek other options in your pursuit of him. I have no idea how to extend your life, and I'm pretty sure no one else here does as well."

The demoness takes his hand. "But like Leonie said, you are welcome to stay here, if you want, and you and Pris could slide with us to another world, leaving your pursuers behind. However, that won't extend your life."

For a moment, Roy looks like a little boy whose dog had just died. Then, suddenly his countenance returns to seriousness. "I cannot. Tyrell is the only one who can answer my questions. I must meet my maker."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 12, 2021, 03:38:49 PM
Leonie peered through the piece of glass at Roy and went, "Whoooaaaaaa, that's weird."  She studied him for a moment, walking around him a couple of times, and then looked at Pris briefly.  "Okay, same for you. It's like... it's not magic, but... It's like you're burning hotter than everyone else.  Not literally, I mean, your body temperature is the same.  But it's as though you're burning up fuel and oxygen at an enormous rate, you're burning your cells out.  I mean it's like that, not that it's exactly that.  I can't explain it in non-magical terms and I don't think you'd understand or believe it the way I could explain it."

She put the glass away and rubbed the back of her neck.  "I might could do something," she said to Red.  "I mean, it's not my Discipline, but it's got some parallels.  It would take time, I  would have to do a bunch of research first, but I could try a variation of a golem creation spell to give them more life.  It would take an enormous source of chi, though.

"Alternately," she said, looking more at Roy and Pris, "I could try to adjust your, uh, internal thermostat to slow down your burn rate.  You'd live longer, but you wouldn't be as, um.  You can do amazing stuff most people can't, right?  You'd have to give that up.  And again, I can't guarantee results, I'd have to research first."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 13, 2021, 08:38:25 AM
Tikky looks up at Leonie's speech, one foot in the air.  "We aren't going to burn down....right?"  He asks anxiously, looking at all the people gathered in the area.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 13, 2021, 12:04:59 PM
Rikerg didn't fully understand what they were talking about, but he got the gist of it. He started growling, unsurprised by the cruelty of humanity here, but appalled by the depths of it.

"Will killing Tyrell break the unbind you?" he asked, as he could only imagine the termination date as either a curse or part of a magical construct contract.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 14, 2021, 02:09:51 AM
It seemed that the young human mage thought she might be able to do something for the newcomers.  If so, Aisling's view of her worth would increase.  If nothing else, the woman was eager to help.

Aisling rather hoped the mage could do something.  That Tyrell master person seemed to be one who should not be among the living.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 14, 2021, 01:12:45 PM
Roy's eyes followed Leonie as she peered at him through the glass and listened intently as she spoke. He frowned at her offer. "You can ... slow me down?"

At Rikerg's question Roy turns to the giant in the doorway. "His death would not extend my life."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 14, 2021, 10:24:21 PM
"Well, that's one option," Leonie answered  "And it'd probably be easier for me.  The other option would be more complicated and take longer, but it would give you more life without diminishing your abilities.  But, um." 

She turned to Red again, blushing deeply.  "I'd need your help.  Because, um.  Chi is, like, life force?  And you're a succubus, right?  You know how to drain chi out of mortals using Tantric rituals.  Although I doubt you call them Tantric rituals, humans probably named them that after learning them from your people," she remarked, as a matter of academic interest. 

"Anyway.  If you and Roy and Pris were to, um.  Engage.  Then I could reverse the polarity of the ritual and you'd give them life force instead of taking it.  Of course you shouldn't do that unless you have plenty to spare," she added, frowning.  "It wouldn't be healthy."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 15, 2021, 12:50:14 AM
Aisling listened to the young mage with curiosity.  Fae worked magic, but it seemed to be very different than human mages.  Most worked with the magic they could naturally access.  It could take study to learn to work with it, of course, but it had everything to do with natural magic.  Her weapons had been created by a master armorer, and bespelled by him to come to her call and rest hidden in the shadows through her own ability.  She couldn't have made the weapons.  Well, perhaps if she had worked hard and had the desire to spend centuries at the forge, she might have brought out some talent to make her own weapons, but there were those who could do it better, and the Queen commanded.  Her healing ability was small, nearly useless, but it had been enhanced by one who was a powerful healer.  She had been tested for many talents, but she mainly had her two very rare abilities, so it was a waste of the Queen's asset to spend time working on anything other than physical and weapons training and using her Shadow Dancing to creep up on enemies of the Queen, unseen and undetected.

A sex spell...  that was not very Fae-ish at all.  Entrancing, alluring, Illusion, compulsion... those were very Fae.  All Fae could do Illusion to some degree.  The other things were not within her abilities.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 15, 2021, 12:58:25 PM
Peter listened to Leonie's suggestion with raised eyebrows. Damn, girl! He gave a short, unconscious giggle.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 15, 2021, 01:05:12 PM
Red beams at Leonie. "Interesting idea. Not sure how much you could pull though. Lifeforce is like a wellspring. You can only draw so much or you run it dry, meaning death."

"However," continues the demoness thoughtfully, "if I pull from a number of sources, then I should have enough for you to give to Roy and Pris."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 15, 2021, 01:14:00 PM
"Ah," Leonie said, blushing harder.  "Well, I don't know how many people you'd need to, uh, hit up, but I can't be one because I'll need my chi for research and spell-casting.  And once you've got enough, then of course Roy and Pris would have to be willing to engage in a threesome with you."

She found it hard to look at the two of them now, being pretty convinced they would run screaming at this point for having fallen in with a sex cult.  They really had no reason to believe she could do what she said she could.  To help them with that, she cast a simple spell that caused fire to dance over her fingertips.  "See, I can do some pretty weird shit," she offered, but she still didn't really expect them to buy into all this.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 15, 2021, 01:57:37 PM
"Well then....I knew when my mistress died life would get interesting but...ok."  Sir Tikk continues with his grooming.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 16, 2021, 01:22:05 AM
... draw life force??? 

This ought to be interesting, Aisling thought.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 19, 2021, 12:38:19 PM
Roy has a difficult time following Leonie. Apparently, she is proposing some kind of transfer via sex that would extend Pris and his life. All Nexus-6 are sterile, but have all the necessary anatomy for sexual congress. Pris herself is a pleasure model, created for the off-world workers' benefit. And although he is an Elite Combat model, he's been used in such a way as well. But how sex could extend his life makes no sense to him.

Is there some sort of life reservoir within every replicant that once empty is the end? Can replicants provide this to other replicants? And even if they could, why would they? Would it not shorten their own life?

“Why would you give up any of your life to extend ours?” asked Roy.

Alternately, thinks Roy, this is just a delaying tactic to get Pris and him to stay long enough to bring the authorities, or for some other reason. Nexus-6 are quiet valuable on the black market.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: EvilCopepod on January 21, 2021, 02:34:18 AM
"You should kill him once he extends it." he said, thinking that the man should consider a painless death merciful. Rikerg wasn't following much of what Leonie was saying, he caught bits of it, but altogether it didn't make sense.

"They need to... fight her to live longer?" he asked. That is what he thought she meant by 'engaged', and her saying 'hit up' confirmed this, as he'd never heard those terms for having sex.

"That is a good question." he said when Roy asked, not sure why any of the humans would do it. "For me, it would be because I like you." he said, like it was as simple as that.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Merlin on January 21, 2021, 12:56:48 PM
Peter leaned on the counter, listening to Rikerg's confusion. With his experience with magical beings, Peter could follow what Leonie was suggesting, but Rikerg was definitely in the weeds. Well, it wasn't Peter's place to try to explain things -- it wasn't his magic and he wasn't really involved. He did begin to wonder if Rikerg was also attracted to Roy, though.

What Peter DID pick up on was that Roy and Pris were being pursued, and someone should be keeping watch. Coming out from behind the bar, Peter thought at Reggie, I'm going out to keep an eye. Let me know if anything important happens.

Reggie answered from the top of the stairs **Righty-o. Be careful**

Peter headed past Roy and Pris toward the back door.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 21, 2021, 04:36:33 PM
The demoness smiles at all the confusion. Not because she enjoys confusion, but rather that any talk of sex seems to inevitably lead to that condition.

She shakes her head at Roy and Rikerg. "No, nothing like that. Humans, and many other sentient beings, are capable of giving a nearly infinite amount of love. And yes, love is an intangible, but in the realm of magic, the astral and ethereal, love is a powerful source of life energy." Red looks to Leonie and Pris and then back to Roy. "And while there are a myriad to the different kinds of love, the energy of sexual love is something I can tap into, and if Leonie is correct, she can redirect it to you and Pris. I have certainly known of magicians who have kept themselves young through sexual energy, and I imagine, it could work for you."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aries Jordan on January 21, 2021, 09:25:38 PM
"Alternately," Leonie put in quickly, still blushing so much she was starting to resemble a stop sign more than a dandelion, "I could magically reset your thermostat so you don't burn out so fast.  Only, you have to realize, it will make you ordinary.  No better than human."
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Aisling on January 22, 2021, 03:32:14 AM
Love?  What did that have to do with sexual energy?  Some sort of human thing? 

Aisling had no idea what the Demoness was talking about.  Some sort of demonic power?

She should have gone out to patrol, like the other human.  And why wasn't he helping with this spell, if it was a human thing?
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: Tikkeni on January 22, 2021, 02:02:47 PM
"Geez Leonie, it's just sex....although, didn't you say Pris was your sister?  I guess that could be...awkward...abit."  Tikky looked around then went back to grooming.
Title: Re: (M) The Sliding Tavern
Post by: brucedabold on January 25, 2021, 12:13:48 PM
Roy stared at Pris for an inordinately long time. Long enough that Red looked at Leonie with a frown. Then, he spoke.

"If you can extend my life, I will pay any price, even the reduction of my abilities." He looks at Leonie. "Tell me what I must do."