Tales of Iara: Docks - At the Sign of the Drowned Maid

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Tales of Iara: Docks - At the Sign of the Drowned Maid

Post  mirroredprince on Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:18 pm

The docks were their usual raucous combination of order and disorder, as the docked ships finished bringing in their cargo and the sailors and docks-workers began to enjoy the evening.

Business within the Drowned Maid was picking up as it did in the evenings, so the customers spilled out into the street. On the balcony alcove above, the Halfling 'Duke of the Underworld' Sly Alem watched over his own personal court, from one of the steps built into the rails. Beside him stood his orcish guard, Urzig.

Directly below was a small alcove stage, designed for the entertainment. 

In the far corner, Brannick kept an eye on the customers, looking for a mark, while Lily stood beside the door, preemptively deterring troublemakers. At least, that was the intent. At the moment, Brannick's eyes had strayed to the women on the stage, Amber and Thekla. The Drowned Maid was no brothel (though the wait-staff were for hire) and the entertainment was always "tasteful" which only meant they were never fully undressed or overtly lewd. Amber was singing and playing a zither while Thekla danced, and it was Amber that Brannick's eyes were on. At the moment, he really didn't notice anything else. Not even Lily scowling at him from across the room.
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Post  theaugust on Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:20 pm

Otto wasn't any good at this. He'd come to look for work, but no one had any. Not for him, anyway. They took one look at him, tall and broad and green, and they looked away and told him to move on. If he pressed, if he said "Please, anything will do," half the time they ignored him. The other half said maybe someone down at the docks would have use for him.

So he'd followed the smell of the sea—salt and fish—down to the hustle and bustle of the docks. If there were rhyme and reason in the chaos of laborers hurriedly emptying ships, all matter of beings disembarking, and the crowds thronging around various shops and halls along the dock, Otto couldn't see it. So much was happening all around him, all at once. Sailors, reeking of whale guts and ale, reeled and roared through the street. Wagon drivers flicked at teams of oxen, and carts rattled up into gaps in the flow of so many people. Otto got caught up and swept into a tavern.

For a long moment, he stood just inside and stared. The place was packed, but the music was the loudest thing. It was beautiful, but strange. He kept wanting to look at the stage, to see what sort of instrument made music like that, but he'd caught one flash of flesh. Cheeks bright red, he stared at the floor and crossed to the bar.

He took a seat. He was supposed to catch the barkeep's eye. Supposed to order something strong. Or dark. Or bitter. That's how it went. But, right then, all he wanted was to be back in the forest. Folding his arms on the bar, he hung his head and sighed.
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Post  mirroredprince on Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:18 pm

As absorbed as Brannick was, the shift in attitude of the crowded room would have been difficult to miss - a sudden hush, followed swiftly by grumbles. The regulars scarcely noticed Lily, or Urzig, paying them no more mind than they did the boar's head mounted on the wall. But this orc-blood was different, foreign, a threat. More than one person's hand went to daggers. This could be trouble, and as far as Brannick could tell, the orc-blood only wanted a drink or at least a nap.

But he was inattentive, a good mark, so Brannick began moving through the crowd, raising a hand of caution to a man who'd actually drawn his knife. From the other side of the room, Lily moved as well, and on stage, Thekla was still, hesitant. Amber never stopped playing, bless her, though her gray eyes were focused on the orc-blood. Did the man have any idea the response he was provoking? How could he not?

"Fariz, an ale for my friend!" Lily slammed a hand down on the counter. The old pirate, Fariz the bartender, turned and eyed the orc man, before pouring an ale and setting it in front of him.

"He your brother, Lily-fair?" Fariz sneered. Brannick shifted around a dock-worker who was fondling one of the servitors, distracted, sadly having nothing of value and owing Alem near 2 silver, which he'd never pay off. Ignoring him, Brannick eyed the orc-blood's belongings. [Spot: 4 = 3 roll + 1 mod]

"I dunno." Lily shrugged. "He your brother?" She pointed to the Servitor. It was common-knowledge that Fariz hated all of the staff, or at least their duties.
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Post  theaugust on Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:04 pm

Never had to look to know people were staring. People always stared. Otto stared at the worn grain of the bar. That familiar burning flared out across his shoulders and down his back. He could hear the music, but little else. Frowning, he drummed his fingers against the bar. Was everyone staring, then? But he had seen others like him when he entered. Was he doing something wrong? Glancing down, he checked his leathers for any hint of blood or gore. (It'd been a long while since he'd accidentally strolled into town with the blood of deer on his gloves or bits of rabbit guts on his boots. But now he wasn't even sure if he'd remembered to wash with soap last night. Maybe he stank of sweat? He'd learned from jeering children a few months back that people in cities didn't care for that sort of thing.)

A hand struck the bar, and Otto startled back, off the stool, onto his feet. He was tall, but he blinked up at the grey-skinned woman. Like him, so it was okay? He smiled, revealing his small white teeth. Though he had the large lower canines and jaw typical of orcs, his mouth more favored his mother. At least as far as Otto knew.

Otto remained oblivious to all else in the room. Including the fact that the small pouch of silver coins on his belt was on prominent display. His focus was on the half-orc woman. He'd rarely talked to another like him.

His gaze followed the motion of his finger. And then dropped to the floor as he blushed again. He settled back on the stool. Taking the ale, he took a healthy gulp or two. He set it back down with a sigh. "I thank you for the ale, though I don't know you. What is your name?"
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Post  mirroredprince on Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:05 pm

Lily looked the orc-blood over, amused at how easily he startled and blushed. She had never seen one so callow - most were hired muscle, bodyguards, enforcers and mercenaries, like her, or Urzig. Or unskilled laborers and slaves. Whatever this man was, it was none of these, which was odd. Though they got all kinds in The Drowned Maid.


She sat down on the stool next to him, ignoring Brannick, who had at least taken his eyes off the half-naked human women on stage. 

"Lily," she said. "You're not from 'round here. What brings you to Iara?" If she was drawing his attention away from Brannick's light fingers, well, they'd been partners a long time. Didn't mean she didn't want to know more about her kin - to whatever degree it was.

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As Lily spoke to the orc-blood, and Fariz glowered and spat, Brannick stepped softly closer to the orc-man and attempted to remove his purse - it probably wasn't worth much, but Alem forbade him from robbing the regular custom (too much) and he had to keep his hand in somehow. (Sleight of Hand 12 (Roll 3 + Mod 9)
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