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Thread: Hope of the Empire Chapter 1: A Slowly Healing Wound

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarien View Post
    With a diffident shrug, Ander nods his agreement. "There is one question, though, that hasn't been addressed as of yet. This mission you are asking us to participate in seems to be important to you, but you haven't really addressed what interest we should have in its successful completion. While honor and duty to the Empire are all well and good, remuneration on our part makes it much more likely that we can provide the invested participation you are in need of. Without speaking on behalf of the others, I myself find that the level of specificity in the details provided in such areas tends to be quite...enlightening as to the motives of the involved parties."
    VanNuys turns a somewhat sarcastic smile on Ander. "Well, master Tealeaf, as a citizen of Pezane, I wouldn't expect any duty toward the Empire from you. Rather, you've been so interested in my activities of late, I thought that sending you on a mission of mercy like this might help to prove my intentions. Also, I lured you into this job because I wanted to have you work for me. I was impressed with you, as I was impressed with you all, and regardless of honor, duty, or the fate of the world, that is why I brought you here. Because I want you as my agent. And oh, yes, of course you'll be paid quite handsomely, pending the completion of your quest. If you think I work for free, you'd be sadly mistaken, and I demand a large enough budget that my agents feel appreciated."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideous View Post
    Solario tries to recall what he can about Ft. Spire...

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    "I will go. These people are in danger of sparking another conflict, and they must be escorted out of the elven lands."
    Solario speaks after Ander. He recalls that Fort Spire was built at the end of the war. Prime Minister Orestes and his Nerenean cult had brought giants and several fomorii to their cause, had raised an army of undead and mind-slaves using a dark ritual, and had located the Spire found in the middle of the Feylands and had been attempting to draw power from the Titan entombed beneath it. They planned to wake the Titan and bond it to their service. When a combined army of Fiannans, dwarves, Imperials, elves, and adventurers working with the Revenant Blade defeated them, they took the small city the Nereneans had built around the Spire, designated it as a coalition stronghold that all factions would maintain a presence in for at least fifty years. Few people know of its existence, because keeping Spires secret is good policy, but Solario knew several people who helped take it and several more who are stationed there now, including his former general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genericfuton View Post
    Tristan listens as he takes in the others in the room, pausing at the elf, before his gaze falls on the others. Those that were in the war would recognize the mask he wore, either as the mask of the 12 moons if they fought for the elves or as the mask of the Faceless if they fought for the empire. After a moment he finally speaks up in his somewhat deep voice, "I am here to serve Fianna on the bequest of my leader Archdruidess Erinn, so until she instructs me otherwise I will give my aid."

    "What are the numbers of settlers and how do you expect us to transport them should we manage to subdue them without causalities? Also if they prove to be immovable without lethal force what consequences will the empire enact? I hope that we aren't being misled to justifying further Imperial aggression," Tristan says in a calm and even voice.
    Jacob's face turns grim at this suggestion. "This is a delicate operation, and I would rather see you fail at removing them than harm them. As for the appearance of Imperial aggression--well, that's why I'm sending this diverse group in on this particular job. The truth is, if they aren't removed, they will probably all die. The moor is a deadly place right now--with the elves unable to keep it tidy, and the Imperials leaving behind so many small settlements, supplies, and the like, the area has become infested with monsters. Add to that the fact that there are still undead and lesser giants wandering around out there thanks to the Nereneans, and I think you can imagine what will happen to the men, women, and children who have settled there. You would serve Fianna by doing what your Archdruidess loves best--making friends of the indifferent and spreading the good name of your nation. As for transferring them, well there are less than a hundred of them, many of them are probably skilled individuals, and you will only need to transport them fifty miles or so to the fort." VanNuys looks slightly embarrassed. "That actually brings me to something I regretfully failed to mention. When you travel to the fort, I would like to keep this particular mission as safe from prying eyes as possible. As such, unless you have any objections, I'd like for you to pose as an adventuring group, striking out from the fort with the intention of controlling the local monster population."

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    "I think operating as freelance adventurers will do well to serve our purpose, and if we aid in reducing the monstrous population and providing stability that better. It would also aid us by building a reputation over time that would likely allow greater ease at negotiating with others and gaining access to some areas without relying on stating our Imperial connection," Tristan says thoughtfully while rubbing his chin, something that obviously is a habit.

    "The information you provided tells me that these settlers are not known to be aggressive, but this makes me curious...why did they choose to go to such wild lands if they are unable to defend themselves in it?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genericfuton View Post
    "I think operating as freelance adventurers will do well to serve our purpose, and if we aid in reducing the monstrous population and providing stability that better. It would also aid us by building a reputation over time that would likely allow greater ease at negotiating with others and gaining access to some areas without relying on stating our Imperial connection," Tristan says thoughtfully while rubbing his chin, something that obviously is a habit.

    "The information you provided tells me that these settlers are not known to be aggressive, but this makes me curious...why did they choose to go to such wild lands if they are unable to defend themselves in it?"
    The spymaster shakes his head. "We have no idea why they're there. One one end of the spectrum, it could be an innocent group of idiots. On the other it could be a group of provocateurs trying to cause an incident. Likely the truth lies somewhere between."

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    Solario nods his head slowly, "Yes, it is likely these settlers have unwittingly crossed over into elven territory without knowing. However, don't expect my kin to be similarly oblivious to their trespass. We should move quickly, especially if we are going to cover the distance from Ft. Spire to the settlement before the elven scouts report its location. Thirty miles across the Moors is no easy trek."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fandris View Post
    "I'd assume its a fort built into, around, or near a spire," Maramil says without a trace of sarcasm while looking out the window at the falling snow. Turning to face VanNuys he says, "So get out there, find the colony and get them to come back in. Seems straightforward, so it most likely will not be. Do we have to force them back if they refuse? I'm no fan of arrogant expansionism, but I'm also not a fan of authoritarian bullying."

    Maramil glances around with a nervous look as he continues. "Ummm....also, I've never been teleported anywhere. That's safe, right?"
    ((Sorry, thought I had answered this one and I was WRONG.)) "Yes sir," VanNuys says. "That's a fairly accurate portrayal of everything. Perhaps you're more a realist than you seem? And yes, of course, teleportation is perfectly safe, as long as no one gives you bad coordinates."

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    "Ooo, posing as an adventuring team. That sounds exciting!" says Maramil. "Of course if we are going out into monster infested places and doing good deeds, then what difference is there between us and adventurers really? Hmmm, I guess its mostly the freelance part we are masquerading about. But who would know, unless they are for some reason obsessed with other peoples business plan details..."

    Maramil strokes his chin thoughtfully and stares at the wood of the table while continuing to talk, seemingly to himself, "Adventuring groups all have names, we are definitely going to need a name. Superior Six? No that's terrible. Oh, and flamboyant personalities, all the adventurers in the stories I've heard had flamboyant personalities."

    He stops suddenly and looks up with a sheepish grin. "I'm missing the point again, aren't I?"
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    "[...]As such, unless you have any objections, I'd like for you to pose as an adventuring group, striking out from the fort with the intention of controlling the local monster population."

    "I think operating as freelance adventurers will do well to serve our purpose, and if we aid in reducing the monstrous population and providing stability that better. It would also aid us by building a reputation over time that would likely allow greater ease at negotiating with others and gaining access to some areas without relying on stating our Imperial connection."
    "Yes, I suspect that would be best," Avery agrees, somewhat absentmindedly. He is a bit bemused to have not heard of Ft. Spire, and takes a mental note to ask one of his more knowledgeable companions about it during their trek to the unauthorized settlement. Coming back to the present, he continues questioning his new employer.

    "Will you be supplying us with equipment for the journey? I don't presume to know these other men, but I have not been in an adventuring setting since the end of my service." He wonders for a second what his family would think of him returning to combat, but casts the thought aside. Getting out from his father's thumb is just another good thing about this offer.

    "[...]I'm missing the point again, aren't I?"
    Avery glances to the half elf, something oddly nostalgic about his behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavlovslola View Post
    "Will you be supplying us with equipment for the journey? I don't presume to know these other men, but I have not been in an adventuring setting since the end of my service." He wonders for a second what his family would think of him returning to combat, but casts the thought aside. Getting out from his father's thumb is just another good thing about this offer.
    VanNuys nods. "You will be provisioned with anything you feel you need at the fort ((In Avery's case, that's where he'll get his listed equipment; I suspect most everyone else effectively has what they need, but there will be other options)). As spacious as my offices are, I don't really have room for things like coils of rope, or dry rations, or whatever it is that adventurers take with them."

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