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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2019, 12:02:32 AM »
I am good with your background and a kind of backdoor entry into sleuthing, but can you refresh me on how you came to this profession? 

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2019, 12:55:34 AM »
You have learned from your less than esteemed trade brethren (the lesser guilds) that the number of rat swarms in the sewers and even on the surface have increased lately. 

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2019, 07:47:22 AM »
The "reason" is less a reason than an evolution ... he'd never intended to become a Sleuth (TM) ... it just "happened" by osmosis through, his personality, natural talents and environment.

Basically, if he had a CV he wouldn't of put "Sleuth" on it... ;)

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2019, 08:35:32 PM »
OK, he has organically developed into a sleuth, but how does he get work, find leads, etc. ?   Or what has he done to practice/develop skills that a sleuth may use?  Does he have a reputation among the lower classes/lesser guilds as a problem solver/finder of missing/sleuth?


I am trying to find a way to link him with our other sleuth, who is a much more regimented type.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2019, 07:36:42 AM »
My guessing is the two simply ended up meeting in the course of the other sleuths investigations..

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #45 on: March 22, 2019, 02:14:45 AM »
Do you have any clues or theories regarding your fathers disappearance?  Have you solved any mysteries or sussed out details others have missed as you have evolved?

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #46 on: March 22, 2019, 07:35:17 AM »
Nope. I'm sort of hoping that would become apparent during the game. After all, if he had.. he'd already be 2nd level! ;)

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #47 on: March 26, 2019, 09:20:33 PM »
As a local there are a few things that every resident of the City State knows about:

1.     The Overlord has a secret police force known as the Black Lotus, these anonymous spies are ubiquitous, with some estimates placing them at 1 in 3 citizens are so employed. Regardless, of the reality, everyone within the CSIO knows that everything they do is watched and anything that might portend a riot or rebellion will end in immediate termination.

2.     The Overlord allows any religious practice, and pretty much anything else, as long as the faithful’s support the Overlord is accepted, or at least expected.

3.     All know that the Overlord lives in the Silverlight Palace, which is protected by the  Cryptic Citadel, as well as the Overlord’s Knights and, maybe more importantly, the Palace guards—the 6 Score Swordsmen.

4.     It is illegal for a merchant, inn keep, etc. to make change (read give change when paying a tab) without a money changers license within the City.  Those demanding change will be threatened (and possibly acted on) legal action for violating the law.

5.     An entry tax is charged at the gates to get into the City.  The rate varies depending upon the gate being entered and what the Guards believe your wealth is.  Any entering the City at the southwest corner where the broken bridge is can bypass the End Gate and walk right up Water-Rat Road.  Of course you would have to scale the ruined bridge to get up to the elevation of the City from the estuary below the bridge.

6.     Slavery is legal and almost every business had a few slaves to tend to mounts, do routine cleaning, fetch water, etc.  Others may use many slaves as cooks, bell hops, laborers, etc.  There is a thriving slave market in the plaza in the center of the City.  While no one wants to be a slave, many slaves live better than the lesser commoners, some may liver better than some nobles.

7.     Because the City is the home to many retired military and adventurers, much of the general population is far more capable of handling problems on their own than in other cities.  In addition, many adventurers of all skill levels visit the City.  Therefore, interfering in someone else’s business can prove risky, if not deadly.  The general population should not be mistaken for a “village oaf”, even if that is how they appear

8.     The City’s laws require a crime to be witnessed, if there is no one who will testify as a witness there was no crime.  As a result, most inhabitants of the City “see nothing”, or simply look the other way at any sign of trouble.  However, once arrested you are presumed guilty, with most court proceedings ending in the determination of punishment.  Those with a good Litigation Trickster or very luck may achieve the dismissal of a case.

9.     Punishment in the courts is set by each court and the same infraction tried in Common Court, Noble Court and Clergy Court may have very different punishments.  With the exception of treason, most capital crimes are not punished with execution per say, but instead with being sent to the mines, as a rower on one of the Overlord’s Battle Barges, or an equally short lived but more productive sentence.

10.  The Orcs of the Purple Claw are an ever present threat to the City.   Massive hordes can spring from the huge Dearthwood Forest to the east of the City.  Once across the river, they are at the City walls.  The Overlord had tried to establish a redoubt as a foothold in the Dearthwood, to deter or at least slow such attacks.  The fort is now known as the Redoubt of the Dead.  The guard is on constant watch for evidence of Orcs massing across the river.  Mention of the Purple Claw is enough to make most citizens nervous, and many scurrying for home.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #48 on: March 27, 2019, 12:07:06 AM »
Your contacts in the sewer workers guild have mentioned an alarming number of rate swarms lately.  They tell you that they are concentrated toward the southern end of the City.  You also hear a rumor that some high class girl has gone missing and her rich daddy has offered a 400 GP reward.  Later you hear the Molematt, the bar keep at the White Wake Inn, has offered another 50 GP for the girls recovery.  You suspect that Molematt's offer is simply a way to buy into the good graces of the wealthy man.  Especially given that if you are hearing this on the street, it has probably been at least a week since the girl went missing.  All the same 450 GP would be a nice nest egg, and this is just something that a sleuth could excel at where no one else could.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #49 on: March 27, 2019, 07:27:14 AM »
Grobbit will siddle over to the White Wake Inn to find out what he can... and see if any others would be willing to share the reward for acting co-operatively.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #50 on: March 30, 2019, 04:24:18 AM »
You find that the White Wake is a college bar for lack of a better description.  The clientele are generally all young, the place is non-violent--i.e. you do not see fights or even scuffles typical of many lower class bars.  The proprietor keeps a tight lid on things with the aid of a few powerful and very alert bouncers (one of whom is an unusually unattractive Troll.  You find it hard to believe that a simple snatch and grab happened without any one noticing.  A very fine mead is available for 1 SP per mug.  Other drinks are available at 15% above the costs listed in character law for a city setting.  Food is also available, but at a less than advantageous cost.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #51 on: March 30, 2019, 08:21:47 AM »
Grobbit continues his siddle toward the bar.. reaching it looks for vacant bar stool and clambers up (Climbing roll required? ;) ). Once ensconced in said bar stool, he'll order a human-sized common beer (not an expensive mead) and attempt to keep his ear out for chatter, gossip... If the bar-keep IS the owner, then after a while he'll engage them (being the barman/owner/nearby customers)  to find out possible clues that have already arisen or people that have already accepted said endeavour... 

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #52 on: March 31, 2019, 04:18:40 PM »
(No roll required!! :lol: )


As you survey the bar area, you notice that many of the patrons appear to be an odd mix of students and pirates and a few ogres.  The peace is kept by a very capable looking human with a fine long sword, and a particularly ugly troll.  At the first sign of any violence, even a scuffle the offenders are quickly and non to gently shown the door.  There are 23 patrons, three are ogres, one is solitary and two in a pair.  There are 8 pirates, who are  keeping mainly to themselves, and singing drinking songs.  The rest appear to be students; however, you do notice that one seems to be keeping more to himself and nursing his beer.  The rest are in pairs of groups of three and talking happily about their school life and the upcoming festival.


The man behind the bar is a dark and greasy fellow with an apron that sports a rainbow of stains all on a backdrop of brown dirt.  The rag he is using to clean glasses, makes you wonder if he is applying or trying to remove dirt. The fellow seems dejected and is not talkative.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #53 on: April 01, 2019, 11:07:12 PM »
As you press him he laments that business is down.  Maybe buying one of those meads or a straight cash bride might cheer him up?!?

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2019, 03:06:44 PM »
Here is the map of the portions of the City you are familiar with

https://files.barryisett.com/public/file/cByPSR9jj0SN2H2NqZsuzg/I8's%20map.pdf

Please download the file by April 12th as the link will expire after that.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #55 on: April 02, 2019, 03:22:56 PM »
Hi, I'll give you my email in a PM. Can't save it otherwise..

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #56 on: April 03, 2019, 01:10:56 AM »
I have shifted the action to the White Wake Inn thread

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #57 on: April 25, 2019, 02:19:07 AM »
As the discussion turns to talk of maps of the sewers, you begin to think of Greta and some of those lesser guild your father represented.  You suspect that some of your Goblin contacts might be able to help.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #58 on: April 25, 2019, 06:30:00 AM »
I was already thinking that.. Once he leaves, the inn he'll return to Gertha's, perhaps he'll be in time for the next meal... whilst there he'll inquire about "official" architectural plans of the sewers .. and then do a little "digging" with the goblins regarding their tunnels.

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Re: Grobbitt Widebottom Journal
« Reply #59 on: April 28, 2019, 07:47:17 AM »
At this point I was assuming that he had paid... he'd made no attempt to open a "tab" ... so would have casually passed the relevant amount across as part of the transaction.

Of course I'll adjust my funds when I know how much that would have been.. it was a normal beer..   

 

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