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    (Open Guild RP) Deals in the Dark

    Post by Voriel on Fri May 18, 2012 12:35 am

    Feel free to enter, and start chatting about contracts! Open to all guildees!
    The Craven held to bursting with the arrival of three ships to harbor. Businessmen, travellers, and sailors huddled together around tables, sloshed drinks at the bar, and enjoyed the revolving door of wenches through out the joint. A few members in the crowd moved through to a back hallway, a new half door set in it with a burly looking Castanic named Xanth giving a hard eye to anyone that got too close or didn't have the passwords.

    A few moved through to a new set of private card games started up on demand by a dealer that approached Shuba. A pale eyed dame with a hard look to her, but a chest of gold to secure the room. She spoke few words, often focusing only the business of gambling for those with a serious bent. She paid for the gate and the hired muscle, slicing a cut to the Amani. How could he say no?

    A door down from this, Arawn had taken residence to hold meetings with his people. The company had grown enough to need it, for more private affairs.

    In the center set a table, long and wide enough for drinks and business with room around for standing or sitting. Despite how old the furniture was, it had that feeling of being on the open seas, each piece reclaimed from scrapped ships with deep and bright colors of leather, interesting carved reliefs in the wood, and the scratch name here and there. A small bar set in the back had a heavy lock, the key in Arawn's possession to hold away the finest in vintage. Other lesser bottles stacked on top with a few clean glasses. Pinned to one wall was a map of Arborea, marked with trade routes and pins, scribbles in ink and wax pencil, to show the expanding empire of theirs.

    Here the company began gathering, to discuss business, and set up contracts.

    (( Xanth is the body guard. Alt of Baeshra. ))


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    Post by Antonius824 on Fri May 18, 2012 5:54 am

    Antonius sauntered through the dimly lit back hall. A wide grin was plastered on his face that made him practically glow in contrast to his surroundings. Having struck gold on a recent deal, he would let nothing sour his good mood. Not even the large lock that put him in the normally uncomfortable position of being limited to mid-shelf alcohol.

    Finally deciding upon a bottle he deemed worthy of the occasion, he reached for a glass and poured within it two fingers worth of whiskey. He brought the amber liquid to his lips and took a sip. Satisfied, he turned and placed the glass on the center table before propping up his blade to rest against it.

    After taking a seat in the closest chair, he reached into his maroon jacket and produced a small book which he used to keep track of his personal finances. Flipping the journal open to a spot held in place by a black pen, he began to write, stopping only for the occasional sip of his drink.

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    Post by Voriel on Fri May 18, 2012 6:36 am

    Pressed against by too many than she cared for, Voriel eventually made her way to the brute of a Castanic. He grinned with a slow bobbing of head staring down her dress. And she merely opened the gate to press past.

    "You ah...have to give me the password." He leaned in for a closer view.

    One pale brow lifted. "Goldreel."

    He kept on staring, tongue flicking over a tooth. Did everyone have to leer? Eventually her foot began to tap as she turned slightly and shoved her way through. For a moment she could have sworn his hands grabbed her ass, but when looking back, they were still crossed over his chest.

    Stepping through into the chamber, Voriel rubbed at her temples cursing again the plethora of Castanics with a lack of clear manners before taking up a seat. It seemed few had arrived as of yet, only the accountant with a sword.

    "I trust the numbers are well, and not requiring too many cuts from your sword, Antonius."
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    Post by Antonius824 on Fri May 18, 2012 7:29 am

    Peeling himself away from his nearly completed journal entry, Antonius leaned back and sank into the leather chair. Talking business with a voluptuous elf brought back more than a few pleasant memories that he quickly banished back into his mind with a shake of his head.

    “They’re more than well. I haven’t been this solidly in the black for weeks. With just one contract I’ve made more revenue than all of last month combined. Now I’ll be able to move some real capital around. Power begets power and all that.”

    His face continued to beam as he spoke those words, twirling his pen as if it were a baton.

    “I’d offer you a drink in celebration of the profit, but I’m afraid most of the good stuff is under lock and chain.”

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    Post by Sylvara on Fri May 18, 2012 2:38 pm

    "Fuck!" escapes Sylvara's mouth as she stares in horror at the over stuffed tavern. "Where the hell did all of these people come from?!" With a loud sigh, Syl reluctantly started making her way through the crowd. While trying to make her way to the stairs, she is constantly getting shoved out of the way and the occasional groping by the drunken patrons. Normally, Syl wouldn't mind this as much but today was not turning out to be a good day for her; She is not a fan of large crowds. Just right before she reached the stairs, a drunken sailor grabs on to one of her breast plates saying "Lesh shee tos tits!" Syl quickly turns around punches the sailor square in the face, "I'm not a fucking whore!" She then kneels down and gives him another jab for good measure before heading up the stairs. As for the bouncer upstairs, she doesn't even bother with him. Instead she kicks the gate open and gives the bouncer her "Don't fuck with me right now" look as she walks past him to the door. "Hey! i need the password!" shouts the bouncer, Syl just gives him the bird as she enters the office; she slams the door behind her.


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    Post by Dragonbait on Fri May 18, 2012 4:25 pm

    After watching Syl struggle through the crowd, Viconnia finds herself wanting to have fun with this.

    "Oh my those nasty sailors... tsk tsk.", Viconnia says as she hefts her trusty axe off her back and enters.

    Laughing to herself she puts the head of the axe firmly on the floor, watching with amusement as the sailor tries to stand up again. He bellows many profanities and boasts of what he would do if he ever saw "That" Castanic again.

    Viconnia finds her eyes narrowing with each boast and uses her axe catapult herself over the first few patrons landing squarely on the sailors back. With a loud thud Viconnia blows his friends a kiss before darting through the crowd agilely and towards the guard. As she approaches the Burly Castanic has his head in the door shouting something about a password. Viconnia finds herself unable to control herself and taps his right should while darting past him on his left.

    “Hey guys!”, Vic shouts as she enters

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    Post by Sylvara on Fri May 18, 2012 11:37 pm

    Upon entering the office, Syl heads straight towards the bottles of alcohol and grabs a bottle at random and starts drinking it; She doesn't bother using one of the glasses. Syl takes a pause from the bottle as she hears Vic shout "Hey guys!", she almost replies with a "What the fuck do you want" but stops half way after seeing it was Vic that was shouting. Taking a deep breath while touching the two black heart tattoos on her upper chest to try and calm her anger, Syl gives Vic a smile and says, "Hello, sister."
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    Post by Antonius824 on Sat May 19, 2012 12:25 am

    Antonius looks up as two more of his acquaintances burst through the door to the back hall. Grinning at their somewhat explosive entrance, he waves them over.

    “Hey there, I guess the scene was getting too cramped for you two?”

    He looks over to the nearly overflowing bar behind them with a smug look.

    “Voriel and I were just talking shop back here. I've made a pretty nice bundle on a naked short sell only a few hours ago, now I need to figure out how to invest the loot.”

    He gives an almost sagely nod to himself as he finishes those last words before reaching into his pockets for his cigarette case and lighter.
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    Post by Voriel on Sat May 19, 2012 1:04 am

    Voriel gave Antonius a smile as she slipped free a set of folded triangles of parchment. Points upon points, the entire folded piece looked like some ornamentation or craft. Pulling free one point, she unfolded it into a letter, each piece carefully constructed for efficiency and travel. She read over a few lines giving the broker a nod. "A movement of capital is certainly a fine thing. I do hope the luck holds, though I imagine, Antonius, you do more than simply hope and craft those ventures--"

    Before she could continue the door slammed open and closed, another woman following as Sylvara and Viconna made a loud, blustering way into the room. Voriel wrinkled her nose, keep any comments tucked behind her teeth, understanding some folk were far more expressive than others.

    "It seems you have had an ...unpleasant day."
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    Post by Antonius824 on Sat May 19, 2012 1:57 am

    Turning back to Voriel, he lightly packs the cigarette case before removing one and lighting it.

    "Hope alone never made anyone rich. While luck is certainly an element, you need cunning more than anything. The odds can always be moved into ones favor, and the truth is merely what the majority of people believe it to be."

    He takes a drag off his cigarette before resting it between his index and middle finger.

    "I'd been looking to get at Quebels for a long time now; I'm sure being a high elf as well you're aware of them. They've been handling a lot of heavy commodities trade in Velika lately. I figured they were trying to corner the market."

    With a devious grin, he takes one last gulp of his whiskey and empties the glass.

    "I'd heard word from one of my old friends that they were expecting a few large shipments of goods soon; cattle, ore, herbs and the like. Since their reputation among the humans in Velika was still on unproven ground, I figured I had something to go with here. Market confidence in the Quebels would drop considerably if they proved unable to secure their own shipments so close to the capital."

    He paused to take another puff of his cigarette before continuing.

    "It was easy to find buyers for their stock. The contract was pretty straight forward. They'd have their stock in no more than 4 days while I'd get my payment up front. People were buying into it like madmen, but if I wanted to get back a single coin out of this I had to make the share price drop like a stone.

    "My friend in the business was able to give me the exact dates and routes that the company would be using; don't ask me how, I don't know. Armed with this, it was easy to round up a band of cutthroats and mercenaries who wanted an easy job. I wanted them to strike the caravans hard, and really make a mess of things to get some good pictures out of it for when it hit the town bulletins.

    "They did their jobs quite well, and they got to keep whatever they found. The news hit the next day and share prices bottomed out fast. I bought them, fulfilled my contracts, and now sit before you a richer man than I was before."


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    Post by Sylvara on Sat May 19, 2012 9:38 pm

    After hearing "It seems you have had an ...unpleasant day.", Sylvara looks over and notices Voriel for the first time. "You can say that, I... have never been great with large crowds like that.... the new comers are more grabby then normal, one tried to uh remove one of my breast plates, had to teach the fucker a lesson about manners." Syl then stares at the fresh blood on her right gauntlet. "Anyone got a rag i can borrow?"
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    Post by Voriel on Sun May 20, 2012 10:18 am

    Voriel actually smiled for once hearing the tale of the human's venture, giving the slightest of claps in true recognition. "That indeed sounds of a solid deal, and a long term engagement. Malani I imagine would be most impressed and wish to discuss it further. Having someone so...business minded is a refreshing perspective, and well appreciated. Do you think you shall hear from the contingent again soon, or closer to the close of summer?"

    Her thoughts began ticking through the seasons, with summer upon them, harvests and livestock would be in the highest productivity. Soon the textile markets, and the like. Reading over contracts when possible with Arawn, all of that boring commodities market spiel had finally sunken in.

    Bending to the small pack she brought with her, she slipped free a water skin and small cup, filling it with clear water. "I may wish to speak with you on a more selective market. Have you paid scrutiny to scribner's works? I've a bit of work on a set of elixirs and treatments for the longevity of inked works and cleaning of old relics. Among a few...other random interests." Her hand flittered in a circle as if it was nothing of consequence, but something in her eyes said far otherwise.

    As to Sylvara, she gave an understanding nod. "A few ships pulled to harbor, unscathed from pirates and gulas. I believe a fine haul of shipments and goods are still being unloaded. Hence the...celebrations you could say."
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    Post by Antonius824 on Tue May 22, 2012 3:25 am

    After fumbling around in his pockets for a moment, Antonius removes a white handkerchief that he slides in Sylvara's direction before resuming to speak.

    "My contacts can be a bit elusive from time to time. They will only aid me when it also benefits them, even though we go way back. I suspect it's because they know the trial I'm on and don't want to make things too easy. They're distant relatives and friends of the family, you see."

    He took one last draw off his cigarette before ashing it on a tray.

    "As to your 'more selective market', I'm all ears. I'm no alchemist, but I suspect what you have in mind is a bit more interesting than simply restoring old books and antiques. If you believe my expertise can be of use then you need only ask for it."









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    Post by Voriel on Tue May 22, 2012 7:20 am

    The elf gave one of those rare smiles, the kind that made her eyes glitter. Perhaps because of the fine company. Or she was thinking of riches. She laid her hands one over the other, a single finger rising and moving at times to emphasize a word or point.

    "There are a few items I have considered, something Malani and I have been working on. Some of these are for the company. But I had thought to possibly earn a bit of gold with a specialists ink. Some of these are resistant to age, others for more of a ...artistic use in colors and dyes. But there is a twist for a few of these inks and parchments, with an imbuement of magic could lead to protective messages."

    She tilted her chin then. "I am simply not as business minded as yourself. Perhaps you may know of a few buyers, or of contacts interested in keeping their records with an eye of longevity. Or protecting their records to ...be disposed of if ever infiltrated. Is that something you may be able to aid with, for percentage of course."
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    Post by Antonius824 on Tue May 22, 2012 8:22 am

    Antonius nodded his head as he listened intently to Voriel’s every word. He closed his eyes for a brief moment and stroked his chin, his mind already beginning to devise various potential machinations. The more he dwelled on it, the more his lips warped into a sly smirk.

    “You give yourself too little credit…there is some serious potential in this train of thought. It wouldn’t be too difficult to find demand for such a product, especially since corporate espionage is so incredibly common these days. Everyone who’s anyone knows that it pays to have someone looking over your enemy’s shoulder. I imagine it would pay just as much to offer insurance against such maneuvers. You can consider me interested.”
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    Post by Dragonbait on Tue May 22, 2012 1:41 pm

    *walks over getting a Drink*

    "So would you two like something while I am up?", Viconnia asks, while pouring something for herself.

    "You two look deep in conversation? Anything interesting?", Viconnia adds. *Raising her eyebrow curiously as she turns towards them*

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    Post by Sylvara on Tue May 22, 2012 1:48 pm

    Sylvara picks up the handkerchief and starts wiping off the blood from her gauntlet, paying close attention to the wiping so as not to miss any blood. Once done, Syl grabs the bottle she was drinking before and moves over to one of the empty seats. After placing the bottle onto the table, Syl reaches behind her and takes off her giant axe and sets it next to the chair; positioning it just right to where it was leaning against the table. She tosses the blood stained handkerchief back to Antonius, "Thanks for the rag." Syl then proceeds to enjoy the rest of the bottle by taking a small swill directly from it. "I thought i heard something about Magical Ink"
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    Post by Dragonbait on Tue May 22, 2012 2:00 pm

    *grabs another bottle for Syl and sets it down beside her*

    "I doubt that one will last you long at that rate!", Viconnia adds chuckling to herself.

    "You know Syl, this place is rather drab. I wonder if we should keep our eyes open for some worth while items to add a bit of culture to this place." Viconnia says as she looks around the room.

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    Post by Sylvara on Tue May 22, 2012 2:10 pm

    Sylvara looks at the bottle that was set next to her then at Viconnia, "Thank you Sister, much appreciated." She then takes a quick look around the room after hearing Vic's comment, "Hmm, I have never been one for decorating, my room just consists of what ever was inside when I got it and the crate of alcohol I put in there. Plus I don't really think we get to have a say on how arawn wants this room decorated..." Syl takes another sip of her first bottle, "Though we could always give him decorative stuff as a gift in hopes he puts it up."
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    Post by Dragonbait on Tue May 22, 2012 2:32 pm

    *OOC: You know I think it would be kind of cool to add dwelling and other types of improvements like trophies and so on as we progress both in game and through story*

    *Grinning as she sips her drink* "Well Arwan is pretty understanding I am sure he wont mind if we clean up this place..." Vic says as she drops the head of her Axe on a rat.

    *Chuckles to herself* "No worries for the drink, you are always so much more fun when you can't walk right!" Viconnia adds is a contageous giggle.

    "Argh .... Seriously though these heels are a pain in the... Well you know", she complains as she tries and fails to rub her foot through her plate armour.

    *sigh* "Well it could be worse i suppose.
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    Post by Voriel on Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:29 am

    Shaking back her hair, Voriel gave Antonius a second look. She had hoped perhaps a slight opportunity, but his mind had further motivations that certainly could lead to a quiet enterprise. Especially with the idea she had in mind with Malani's aid. Something...rather terrible for those that purchased the parchment.

    A sip of water, her voice rose again so careful not to sound too eager. "Corporate espionage. Now that is an area I had not considered. I thought perhaps simply careful scholars or wizards needing to be careful with vital information. But your ideas do have merit. It takes a great deal of time, as the parchment must be woven from specific fibers, and then the magics and alchemy employed differs in the application based on those fibers. Toria and luria each accept far different enchantments..."

    She waved a hand slightly, sliding her eyes away as if apologizing her pontificating. "Ah I believe you understand my meaning. I would not begin to determine the best markets for such. But you seem to have a keener insight. Perhaps you have a few companies or businesses that would have an interest and account to cover such purchases?"

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