Maurice is surprised by the bombshell news his brother just let slip.
You have a wife? When did this happen? Congrats!
I trapped her a few years ago and have been keeping her prisoner. I wanted to do it the old fashioned way and kidnap a bride. But, y'know, she is strong willed and hawt, so I tricked her into it. There is some sort of distortion in my dungeon she said. Something about a time region.
Anyways, noble warrior. The Woad is it? My bride is a maga. Not of your covenant. She had once petitioned but never hung around long enough to be accepted. Both she and her infant son are prisoners in my dungeon.
Don't give me that look. That is how we dragons do. It is tradition. My father, he has always tried to act human. His brides were either adventuring partners or other dragons. And maybe he rubbed off on me. My bride doesn't realize she is a prisoner. That time region distortion thing. She thinks she has been here for a very short time.
Back to my idea. I will let her out and send her on a quest to find the spear. I will hold her son hostage with a promise to keep him safe for seven years. I like the kid, and I might not eat him after the time expires. But, y'know, I gotta say it. Dragon culture.
You guys are not on the hook. But I do thank you for the lead on the treasure, and I offer you a small favor in return. If you want to help Kallista (my wife), I would be much obliged. In fact, I offer this. My hunting range causes you such concern, if you agree to help her I will agree to take a nap for seven years. At the end of that time I will rage again. But if you help her succeed and bring me that spear, I will...
what seems acceptable...
I will take the Transformation and learn human form. Take up the masquerade and live a human life and ease up on the terror.
For now. I mean, I still want the immortality.
Maurice is surprised by the bombshell news his brother just let slip.
"This seems like a reasonable bargain," says Marcellus. "We will help this maga obtain the Spear of Roland while you sleep for seven years, after which you will learn to take human form and live a more peaceful life amongst humans."
Yeah, nice try. My speaking my ideas out loud does not count as a bargain. The only promise I will make is to my wife, which is not to eat her son for at least seven years. The rest of what i said is just a planning idea for now.
The Woad thinks we should take it.
But also inform those other magi and their covenant that we have solved the dragon problem. Let them know we can manage diplomacy. And then we’ll see in seven years.
If they insist on seeking out dragons, the Woad votes we should let them be eaten. If they waste seven years of peace on training to fight, so be it.
"You said that if we agreed to help her find the Spear, you would agree to sleep for seven years. And that if we help her succeed, you would learn human form and 'ease up on the terror,'" Marcellus says. "These are your own words, not mine. Will you commit to them, or not?"
You did say that brother. You said all of it. You may have been thinking out loud. But you laid out a proposition. You made definitive "if this then that" statements. Now, nothing has bound you to that, and no papers were signed. But if you want these guys to help you, then you have to keep your end of the bargain. Now, we are not like genies and there is nothing keeping you from pulling a double cross. But if you do that, then no one will want to make a bargain with you again. Bargaining gives you power greater than you realize.
Make a deal and keep your word brother. The promise is Treasure! And if they fail, you get to eat them. I will help you. What do you say?
FINE. Have it your way. I will agree to the deal.
"Excellent! That is an agreement," says Marcellus with a nod and a smile. "Shall we go and get your wife, now?" He looks around for the entrance of a cave or structure.
OOC: I am in awe and have great respect for the way you managed to get me (as Venkath) to talk myself into a corner. Part of it is my own stupidity and confusion (I am now running three games and playing in another). But you rolled with it so natural and smooth that I got fished in. Kudos. I will be back later to write something.
OOC You did most of the work. I basically had this idea to hook him with the (made up) story of a magical item which could be used to defeat him, but which could only be acquired if he could take human form. I never got to the second part. I left the story about the legend vague enough that Marcellus can claim it was only that: a story. His plan is now to actually make the Spear and enchant it with an effect against dragons-- thus helping the maga 'find' it. So he didn't exactly lie at any point, but he sure did pull a fast one.
then someone else gets the lab notes...
Wives, spears, and immortality aside, The Woad believes we have some current business about owlbears?
Maruice responds Oh yeah. Brother. That wizard you killed back in the day. Are his bones still around? The magi would like to interrogate his ghost.
The bones are in a pile of muck and other dead things. You will have to do some digging. Edith can cast the spell for you.
Venkath will take Marcellus down to the dungeon to meet Kallista, his bride.
Which I am waiting on a response from Brin, as that was her character back in the day.
But aside from that, Edith is a Corpus Specialist, and can cast Whispers through the black Gate. I presume you have questions?
Marcellus suggests quietly that any interrogation of the ghost could be made elsewhere and later. (It might be better if the information we gather is not shared freely with the dragons.)
You can question the bones, but I ain't letting you take them. I beat the guy fair and square. They are my trophy.
Brother, your hearing is sharp but you jump to conclusions. They do not need to take anything. We can go down to your dungeon and get your wife while they have a solemn moment with their fallen comrade..
Grrr..., fine. I'll show you where I got her locked up. You guys! Do not think about taking even a single coin! I count them all three times a day. I will know if one is missing and who took it. Do not tempt my wrath...
(I am taking liberties to move things along, if that is okay. Edith is ready to cast the spell on your word)
(OOC the idea is that the two drakes go get Kallista while you question the bones together)
Does it looks like the dragons expect Marcellus to come with them?
If not, he will stay for the questionning of the ghost. He suggests that questions about how to hatch the owlbears might intice the ghost to cooperate, as he might see them as his legacy.
My bad, I got the plan switched around. So yeah, they will leave you there.
I do believe that there is a Mentem Requisite? Edith knows the spell well enough, but her casting total is not the best and she will loose Fatigue.But it works!
Oh spirits! Hear my call! By the hoary hoasts of Haggoth, I adjure the bones of Lord Featherbottom! Give up your spirit and subit thyself to the Wizard's Inquisition!
And with a mighty groan that echoes with the dust of a decade of death.
Whhhhoooo summons meeee?
The Woad looks at Marcellus with anticipation, hoping he will do the talking.
Marcellus is at a loss for a moment as the others look at him to do the talking. Then his face becomes serious as he realizes that yes, he can do this.
He looks at the bones severely and speaks. "We summon thee, Featherbottom. We, Marcellus and Edith, The Woad and Ikelos, magi of the Order of Hermes, call thee forth to account for your actions and creations. Answer us, if you would know peace in the afterlife!"