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As the Boeruinian blatantly declines Gavin's generous offer, the merchant smilingly apologises. "My apologies commander, I did not mean to imply that you could not carry this financial burden yourself, I was only offering my expertise on the matter. Not everyone in our party has the liquid assets to purchase sixty crowns worth of fine merchandise, to most people this would be a small fortune. Then again, I would not doubt for a moment that your campaigns have been very fruitful."

With a deep bow, Gavin adds: "And if one cannot loan from friends, who can one loan from? ...At personal rates below 25%?"

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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((ooc: edited my last post to include Ser Corvid in the shopping))

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The carriage and the entourage ride off toward the sun. The small honour escort of Bellamian knights flank the young adventurers up to the barony's border with Aerenwe. The party crosses over to the woodland country and the merchant strikes up a conversation of economic prudence with the Boeruinian Commander and anyone else who would listen.

"... So the question is as follows: Say if I was to prove to you that I could barter your vendor's prices further down than you could by.. I don't know, three gold crowns. I would save you three gold, but I would charge two gold. This way, we both gain some gold that we otherwise would not posses."

Gavin's broad, slightly mischievous smile flashes in the morning sun. "Would you accept the deal, rationally, and make a small profit, knowing that I would too? Or would you irrationally decline, out of a personal sense of insecurity... You know, like a woman would?"

The Endieran turns to Olivia. "Would you, my dear?"

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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As the carriage and the riders follow the south bank of the river eastward through the Dhoenel province, Gavin marvels at how civilised this part of southern coast apparently is. "I always saw Aerenwe as this untouched forest country with only woodsmen, foragers, lumberjacks and mysterious mages in the woods. Now look at all these farms and fields. Barely any trees in sight." The Endieran says to nobody in particular.

"We should reach our destination at Calrie this evening. Let's get this great adventure over, so we can get back to actual, proper civilisation and our own beds."

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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((OOC: Yeah yeah, been a while. I know. And Ser Corvid can find some semi-precious gems but nothing really out of the ordinary. The local mountains are not very rich in minerals and most gems are shipped on to the nation's capital where more expert gemcutters ply their trade.))

A river flows eastward that you can easily follow to make your way to Aerenwe. The countrymen here seem simple but good folk, you're greeted everywhere in a genuinely friendly manner. Settlements are few here and there is more distance between villages than you'd see in other countries, but there's always some sign of civilization in sight; a barn on a distant hill, a stretch of fencing cutting a field in half, or a rickety wooden bridge over a ditch.

But the country may be rural, the capital certainly is not! Calrie is a modern, tall city of stone walls and thatched roofs. A mighty bridge stretches northward over the wide river, adorned with marble statues of unicorns (which appear frequently in the heraldry of local nobles). Many buildings here feature glass windows and there stands a large cathedral in the center adorned with statues of saints and... hmm, horses with fish-tails?

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"This looks like a promising place to stay." Gavin says while stepping out of the carriage in front of an impressive stonewalled inn. "Let us settle in here first, have a bit of stew and let us then see if we can dig up something about these Calriemes, I would like to see if there might be some good deals to be made here."

With a small playful smile, the merchant adds: "We should also ask them about... What was her name again? Claire?"

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Gavin's impeccable sense of luxury has led him to find one of the city's finest establishments. The food, drink, staff... it's almost like being back in Anuire again.

Claire is not known here. At least, not the Claire you want. It's a common enough name that they could point you to several others though.

They do know the Calriemes though. They have an estate a little further to the east, where the grasslands meets with the moor and the Erebannien woods. They are family of the old mad king but his illness didn't spread through the blood it would seem; the Calriemes are decent people and the locals feel a little conflicted about the whole we-killed-your-uncle thing.

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Gavin writes a polite message to the Calriemes, informing them that tomorrow morning a group will call at their estate to inquire about the disappearance of their niece and that this group is willing to help. A fast messenger should have the message there today. "In the meanwhile, let us get some well deserved rest in this fine establishment."

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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In a luxurious inn such as this one there is a good chance that there are aristocrats and bourgeois with land, property or money. Gavin will try to assess the patronage here and see if there is anyone who would be interested in what Gavin's growing company has to offer, or maybe offer something Gavin would need, or vice versa. As long as there is some sort of profit involved, Gavin is open to anything. (As long as it does not involve manual labour from his part.)

Gavin is particularly interested in (but not limited to) the various investment projects that drain the swamps in the neighbourhood, to create new lush farmland.

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Gavin gracefully greets the owner of the establishment and orders a room for himself and one for Fenton Brass. "I am also willing to pay for Lady Olivia and Pastor Vincenti, but they will have to share a room. I know I said that I would not pay for others, but the whole 'the priest and the whore share a room' part should make for a good joke. It just might end up being highly amusing."

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Linnias is glad to be finally able to get of his horse. He is used to walking, but horse riding not so much. Especially for prolonged periods of time.

He orders his men to take care of the horses and carriage, while he sets off to find a good place to bunk down for the night.

After taking care of business he sets out to get a sense of this city. Just walking around, listening to the gossip. Drinking a few ales here and there, greasing lips whenever needed. He mostly gravitates towards places where soldiers and the city guards might gather for their nights and days off. He mostly has his ears open about disappearances in the last couple weeks. But he will listen to everything if it sounds at all plausible.

[[OOC: seeing his skills that might be helpfull for gathering information are quite low, I have no idea if he finds anything. But hey, it's worth a shot Smile ]]

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"dont forget he is also married" Ser Corvid adds to Gavins musings

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The inn is called Flowers' Bridge, and the proud staff will be quick to remind anybody that it is named after an architect called Flowers and has nothing to do with plants. The establishment is, true to its name, entirely a bridge that spans over one of the river's many side-canals. The bridge is extraordinarily broad, with one narrow cobblestone lane, and the rest supporting the inn. Below the cellars are trapdoors and stairs that lead to small loading areas below where boats can directly supply the inn.

Many people feign polite interest in Gavin's advances but all have nothing to offer. All but one, that is. A tall fellow, dressed somewhat too pedestrian for an establishment as fine as this one, introduces himself as Fendiler. He claims to be in service of bishop Carrlud, who leads the Impregnable Heart of Haelyn's church in Algael, the province of Osoerde just north of the river. His master is elderly and in poor health and seems to require rare medicines that are hard to come by here. If on your way back you could make a slight detour and speak with him about what it is he needs, you might be able to acquire them in cosmopolitan Anuire?

Linnias swiftly finds himself in an establishment of ill repute. Guardsmen off duty come here to drink, roll dice, and make merry with the whores. Both the men and the girls can be summed up simply as 'crude'. A few guardsmen, drunk on ale and what meager authority they have, take offense at Linnias' western accent and make up several fines which he has to pay to them on the spot.

Linnias merely has to give them a harsh stare as he crushes the bone dice in his hands to powder. They drop their bullying immediately and start talking. There's not been any significant disappearances within the city. But the countryside is said to be dangerous. Many nights thick fog rolls in from the marshes and swallows up the land. They've heard word that peasants sometimes go missing during such nights, particularly young women.

What you need to understand about the apocalypse is that you aren't Mad Max. You're part of the skull pyramid in the background.
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Though fine wine and fine ladies are all fine, Ser Corvid will seek out those with magical apptitudes, going past ye magice and shiny stones shops to get into contact with fellow mages and at night where ever mages like to drink (with a few extra anti magic wards just in case)

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Ser Corvid finds numerous hedge wizards, palm readers, clairvoyants, magician-entertainers, and assorted other charlatans. There are also some high-born individuals with some talent for the magic arts. But a shop that sells actual magic of the type he wants is not to be found. There is a small shop that sells luxurious items such as gem-studded finery, but prices here seem a bit steep. Aerenwe has no mountains and all ores and gems are imported either by sea or downriver from - ironically - Ghoere.

But there is one thing that does catch his eye. A grand townhouse known as Aelies Hall is the local home of High mage Aelies, a bona fide grand wizard who taps into the vast sources of magic that well up from the Erebannien woods. He is said to be impossibly powerful and ancient beyond counting. He is most likely also the reason why there's not a lot of competition to be found in this city.

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((And then, suddenly after four months, the game continues.))

Skipping a little ahead, the now remarkably thinned out company steps out of the coach as they've arrived at the Calriemes estate. It is a large hall of wood, around which are clustered smaller extensions and annexes. The most recent additions look just a few years old, while the ancestral hall itself must have been built centuries ago.

Some servants stand ready to take care of your horses and luggage. The lord of the estate, Enton Calrieme, is a surprisingly young man, perhaps still a teenager. But the worries and responsibilities clearly weigh heavy on him, his dark hair already showing some strands of gray. This must also be why he seems most pleased by the arrival of unexpected help.

"Well met strangers!" he says, "And welcome to the Calrieme Hall!"

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Well met indeed though we are not stangers, I am Ser Corvid Blackheart, we met before but you may have been too young to remem er. Any way i wish we could have met under different circumstancrs.
Please excuse us for a moment, the nourney has been hard and unusually lOng.

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After having freshendup, changed out of his heavy plate and reapplied some magical wards, Ser Corvid is ready to get to business.

"Now then dear Enton Calrieme, please explain what ill fate has befallen your house and the region, leave no detail out for it may be of crucial importance!"

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The ever fabulously dressed Gavin Morilden steps out of the carriage, and nods approvingly. With a deep bow he introduces himself and the companions ser Corvid forgot to mention.
"Also. may I compliment you on your wooden hall? Personally, I always thought that wooden structures were for the poor and unfortunate, but you, my lord, have proven me wrong with this magnificent ancient hall." The Endieran bows again.
"I salute you."

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Enton shows you around the place as he explains his troubles, every now and then pausing to explain the historical significance behind this old sword on the wall or the banners that hang from the ceiling.

"My sister Janaid was visiting the city, as she frequently did. She was always accompanied by a handmaiden and Alaster, her bodyguard. He's of some minor bloodline without land and titles I think, but he's still better with the spear and axe than any common man I know. Well, one day their coach came back without my dear Janaid. The handmaiden was inside, dead, her flesh torn as if by some great beast. Alaster was barely conscious by the time he got here and only recently woke up from a deep sleep. He said they were waylaid in the mists, Janaid taken and her servants left for dead, but I can't make much more sense out of his story than that. I'm not sure who it was that took my sister, why, or where."

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The merchant muses for a moment before speaking.
"That is... Quite unsettling." He says eventually.

While stroking the hairs on his chin, he adds: "Who could we hire to investigate these events?"

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Indeed good point! Who has lead the investigation so far? We should assist them / take over, depending on their rank and station.

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"Obviously, the carriage was attacked bij witches!" The Endieran concludes while pacing around the room, waving his right hand around and spilling some wine from his cup. "It's either witches, or this man Alaster is a werewolf!"

To ser Corvid, Gavin whispers: "I have no idea how we're supposed to help fight werewolves."

"I think I'll have seconds.."

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Ser Corvid is a little amused by the silly notion of werewolfs.

"you cut off their heads, they are powerless without their heads"

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"Well," Enton says, "Janaid is not the only person missing. A handful of people has disappeared around here. There's already increased patrols, rewards offered, that kind of thing. Anybody who should be investigating the matter has already done so by now, but nobody seems to find anything. No tracker has found anything unusual and no survivor has ever been found - until now, of course, but Alaster is still weak and taken with fever. Frankly, if it really were witches I wouldn't be surprised!"

He sighs and throws his hands desperately heavenward. "We are all at a loss! Say, neither of you would happen to be a physician who can hasten Alaster's recovery, are you? Or maybe you have knowledge of the wilds or the mysteries of the land? Most disappearances are around the river and marshes at the northern edge of the province, when the fog rolls in."

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