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7 Virtues just had its second post war epilog event.  I really enjoy staffing these events.  They're relatively low key and therefore low stress while still allowing the story to continue.  I can leave home at a reasonable hour Saturday morning and be home Saturday night.  Setup and breakdown are much easier than a regular event.  Logistics is minimal.  What's not to love?

I got to flex my roleplay muscles a bit differently this time.  I started out as a patron of the arts looking to commission people to create uplifting works of art, paintings, music, songs, poems and stories to inspire the next generation of Armandy.  "But wait Rick, how is that any different for you?"  I'm glad you asked because if you didn't you sort of fell into the same trap as some of the PCs.  I was also playing an assassin out to get a vial of the blood of an ex-Touched Hero.

By passing myself off as the nephew of the old Selflessness professor and a patron of the arts looking to bolster the morale of the nations and pass along hope to the next generations of Armandy, I quickly gained the trust of everyone I met.  Then i spent about an hour and a half talking painting, music, song, poetry and stories with different people until i found one of my targets, at which point I slipped an enchanted scroll into the pages of poems and repeated the scene with him.  At this point I'd established my credibility and story so strongly that no one had a problem letting me paralyze him and walk out while talking to him as I left.  I'd hoped to actually kill a PC in front of a room full of PCs and get away clean, but I forgot how hard it can be to kill some heroes, so he reduced my death to unstable and then instead of bleeding out he went unconscious so he only sat there unconscious and minus his blood for the duration of the paralysis, but I'll take it as a win anyway.

It was a very fun exercise and I had a blast doing it.  The roleplay with all the PCs was fabulous and hopefully taught them at least one valuable lesson.  :-)  I'm betting none of them fulfill their commission though and Aloysius will be out all that money.  ;-)

I spent the rest of the event as the Headmaster, always a fun role to play.  Early on I found Siobhan coming out of the Reliquary of Souls.  She needed time mostly by herself and knowing Brae the way I do, I figured I'd get her to drink to feel better and give her a chance to talk to the Headmaster alone and get whatever was bothering her off her chest.  Unfortunately (IG, OOG mwahahaha) the Headmaster was smitten with a love curse and fell head over heels in love with Idriante during this discussion.  This was amusing because in his love struck state he blew off Siobhan hard in the middle of his talk with her and he created an uncomfortable situation with the lovely Idriante.

I talked children and marriage and futures with many of the students... uh, Heroes.  Need to quit doing that; old habits die hard.  Knowing the upcoming plots over the course of the day always makes it fun to steer early discussions in directions that you know will lead to great follow-up discussions later in the day.  *waves at Bess especially*

I loved hearing students report to me about the assassination attempt that I pulled off.  It made me feel warm and fuzzy all over... well, even warmer and fuzzier than being the Headmaster already makes me.

All the Despair and Compassion discussions were just awesome.  Kiva really is my prime studen... uh, Hero, but the tears shared with T'Dira were wonderful beyond compare.

It's so touching to go out into a fight, go down and hear the stu... Heroes' rallying cries around pushing for the Headmaster.  It gives me more of that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Then I get to yell at a Hero for trading her life for mine only to realize that the Headmaster's major objection to this is probably not quite as relevant anymore and give her the start of a mock scolding and end it with a warm, fuzzy hug.

Oh, and kudos to T'Dira for putting a bow on the Headmaster's tail without him knowing about it.  :-)

Set up for Dark World 7V.  Yay!  More warm, fuzzy... oh wait.  >:}

Date: 2013-11-25 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
I can't even tell you how happy I am that when I was thinking "I need someone to play an assassin... hmm..." that my brain flipped that switch and said "RICK. THEY WILL NEVER EVER SEE IT COMING."

Ahhhh, good times! >:)

Date: 2013-11-25 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tressum.livejournal.com
<< All the Despair and Compassion discussions were just awesome. Kiva really is my prime studen... uh, Hero, but the tears shared with T'Dira were wonderful beyond compare. >>

My conversations with the Headmaster this event were awesome. And there were so many times Kiva couldn't quite meet his eyes.

"You want me to answer this honestly, don't you?"

Also - oh boy! The look I got from Ciaran when he realized I told you all about Monte Spado...

And then throwing you at Tdira at the end! Good times, good times.

Date: 2013-11-25 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
The looks of sheer misery on Kiva's face; you really did a great job yanking on the old heart strings.

Yeah, answer honestly. :-)

I've gotta tell you, when I was trying to cheer you up and talking to you about feeling the love the Headmaster has for Kiva, it was all I could do not to break out in a rendition of a lion singing, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". ;-)

Date: 2013-11-25 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tressum.livejournal.com
The looks of sheer misery on Kiva's face; you really did a great job yanking on the old heart strings.

Awwwww!
And thanks! I wasn't always certain if I was projecting the right level of misery, despair, and dying there. :)

I've gotta tell you, when I was trying to cheer you up and talking to you about feeling the love the Headmaster has for Kiva, it was all I could do not to break out in a rendition of a lion singing, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". ;-)

LOL - there definitely was that vibe going on there. But, then, it needed to be pretty thick to cut through that despair inflict. :)

I don't think I could have kept a straight face had you done that, however. :)

Date: 2013-11-25 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
Sounds like some great RP! Now I'm burning to know what the "you want me to answer this honestly" question was...

Date: 2013-11-25 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tressum.livejournal.com
It was something along the lines of:

"Based on how it has been explained to me your despair is working, when I established the empathic link with you to open the gate, did you pick up anything from me that I wouldn't want you to have seen?"

Despairmas from the Compassion Kitty is especially sad.

Date: 2013-11-25 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
SEE? Having an open heart that feels feelings ONLY LEADS TO BADNESS!!!

Date: 2013-11-26 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tressum.livejournal.com
I don't know... That Scarthan lady who refuses to face her feelings really does have the worst despair of them all, and that despair can ONLY lead to badness! ;-)

Date: 2013-11-26 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
But if you don't acknowledge the despair, then EVERYTHING IS FINE. RIGHT?!?!?!

(This, naturally, is why "Showing Compassion to Scarthans" was one of our more challenging Compassion Mastery exercises... though I think Caelia has got to be a Deep Mastery level Compassion challenge.)

Date: 2013-11-26 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Hmmmm... perhaps we need to stop thinking about her Scarthanness and start hammering away at her Selflessness. I'm sure there's angle in there somewhere.

Date: 2013-11-27 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
You guys want to try to defuse that bomb, I wish you luck! You'll need it. ;)

Date: 2013-11-25 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redfishie.livejournal.com
I was pretty sure there was something not right about you --- I mean you said you had never heard of me and you read the Dainty Rag -- that made no sense, but you knew of Kristoff from the same source and not his musical works? weird. I just figured I'd follow up by completing my commission from you. (I also forgot that Kristoff had ever been Touched -- probably in part because Kristoff's Very Bad Horrible No Good Day occurred on the same day as Valdis' Pinkie Pie Ponies and Everything Might turn out Awesome Day)

Date: 2013-11-25 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
I said I knew of Kristoff's reputation from the Dainty Rag. I didn't say specifically what parts of his reputation I'd heard there.

Now, not knowing Valdis' name might have been a subtle clue that perhaps something wasn't right. She certainly was a prime target of the DR too. ;-)

Date: 2013-11-25 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Also, keep in mind that I was pulling the Dainty Rag angle out of my ass on the spot, so consistancy wasn't intended to be the strong suit of that conversation. I read all the DRs but never paid them much attention. I was bluffing like crazy on that front. Holes in a story are good.

Date: 2013-11-25 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redfishie.livejournal.com
oh figured that something was up with you - and I think I even told Kristoff to be careful - but I thought at most it was something to do with his brother --- having forgotten the whole Kristoff was ever touched thing.

Date: 2013-11-25 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bess.livejournal.com
Waves back enthusiastically -- that was awesome!

Date: 2013-11-25 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jjmarika.livejournal.com

By passing myself off as the nephew of the old Selflessness professor and a patron of the arts looking to bolster the morale of the nations and pass along hope to the next generations of Armandy, I quickly gained the trust of everyone I met. Then i spent about an hour and a half talking painting, music, song, poetry and stories with different people until i found one of my targets, at which point I slipped an enchanted scroll into the pages of poems and repeated the scene with him. At this point I'd established my credibility and story so strongly that no one had a problem letting me paralyze him and walk out while talking to him as I left. I'd hoped to actually kill a PC in front of a room full of PCs and get away clean, but I forgot how hard it can be to kill some heroes, so he reduced my death to unstable and then instead of bleeding out he went unconscious so he only sat there unconscious and minus his blood for the duration of the paralysis, but I'll take it as a win anyway.


That was fantastic to watch (from a distance) as you went about your business, and I liked the touch of you saying loudly that you'd be back after you'd already paralyzed him. The PCs talking about you afterwards was great.

Date: 2013-11-25 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Oh, do tell. I would love to have been a fly on the wall for that, though if I had been I'm sure they'd have splattered me. :-)

Date: 2013-11-25 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klee39.livejournal.com
"I'm betting none of them fulfill their commission though and Aloysius will be out all that money"

Serves him right after using Turvey to get into my trust!


"the tears shared with T'Dira were wonderful beyond compare"

This is one of the highlights of my event, and something Tdira needed so badly. With everyone (including her) so worried over Kiva and Ledda, and Emrys avoiding all the aetherials she was feeling very alone and lost. You also managed to break her just in time for the despair mod, which was necessary, so well done!


"Oh, and kudos to T'Dira for putting a bow on the Headmaster's tail without him knowing about it. :-) "

*bows* Thank you, thank you. This was so much fun and just what Tdira needed. I can't believe I managed to pull it off! Even Emrys and Lucetti were impressed *grins*
Edited Date: 2013-11-25 09:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-11-25 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Serves him right

I guess Honor isn't one of her rings, huh?

Tdira is still a fine story teller though. Just think about all the fine things she told and showed a Mahori Cultist. He was extremely pleased with her performance.

*bows*

You realize that with two ways to pronounce that, that that is a play on words worthy even of me. Take a bow... or is that a bow? :-)

Date: 2013-11-25 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klee39.livejournal.com
No, honor is not one of her rings. I think I ended the game with maybe two facets in it?

"He was extremely pleased with her performance."
*facepalm* Yeah, I spent a good chunk of time after I heard what happened reviewing what I said. I don't think I gave him anything too useful. He can try to get into the labyrinth if he wants, getting out is harder.

Did I mention that although I was close to a grace ring every single facet was for sneaky/rogue types things, not talking? Tdira speaks from the heart, she is not good at intrigue.

Bow/bow both!

Date: 2013-11-27 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katha453.livejournal.com
So glad everyone had deep emotional RP with the compassion kitty. Siobhan got the elbow. Whatever...

Date: 2013-11-27 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ryxander.livejournal.com
But now you can guilt him about it FOREVER. I think it's basically a free pass to cut to the front of the Compassion Kitty line for the rest of your life.

Date: 2013-11-27 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
Oh geez, did you have to go and plant that idea in her head? Of course, anyone so Selfless would never use something like that against someone.

As if the Headmaster didn't already feel awful about that.

Date: 2013-11-27 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katha453.livejournal.com
Most of the time it won't even get mentioned, or even hinted at. But there will come a time when it will bring the most exquisite amount of discomfort, then the incident will be brought to the Compassion Kitty's full attention. Ciara isn't the only mercenary sister, Siobhan just hides it better.

But...but... but...

Date: 2013-11-27 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kumir-k9.livejournal.com
It's not his fault. He was under a curse. Show some mercy and Compassion.
Edited Date: 2013-11-27 09:10 pm (UTC)

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