Guerrillas In The Mist

Chapter 51 Summary
The Session we tried to be Politicians
  • Bella has a plan
  • We will find out about forces in Austrex
  • We will get more people on side (not Molsier because oops)
  • Get Triskinle on side
  • Look over Keep Lekal

Team Socialise

  • Bella, Alhara and Tris go to see Durran and the Triskinles to discuss political marriages, and Panassian subsuming Triskinle to restore their reputation
  • Durran is arrogance though this has been damaged recently, relationship with Valette is less prominent, the parents have a cool relationship, they are a new house (parents 40 and 35), parents make decisions together (no one in charge particularly), They have mines

Team Lekal

  • Quillan and Sandcrown go to keep lekal to give it a once over, it appears to have two people living in it. One seems to serve the other, who sits reading in the library most of the time (Geffenry? Terris?)
  • Ascertain that it is probably mostly safe to live in and act out of when the rebellion starts.

Next day

  • Sandcrown also goes to see Resistance and talk with the miserly Joxxan and speak with Kristaris
  • Alhara goes to order a ship to be sent to zolacaster and collect the information about Hasting from Obligators
  • Mennis is also being trained by Owandise
  • Bella and Triss to go see molsier
  • Quillan to go see Teven (bought a weaponry gift)
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A Lesson in Matchmaking

“Hey, Cass, how’s the copper going?”

The youngest Panassian glared up over her book, the usual twinge of annoyance at first but quickly replaced with the practiced civility of a noble lady.

“It’s going well, Quillan. And how goes your own training? My sister tells me you’ve been spending a lot of time out of the house. I feel I haven’t seen you in months.”

“It’s going amicably, I guess. I’ve been working with the resistance so I haven’t had the opportunities I might like for such things. All that time with Fallow has made my pewter usage a lot more efficient, mind.”

“It’s something,” she smirked, sliding a leaf of paper into her book, “but I assume I do not owe the pleasure of your conversation to enquiries about allomancy?”

Quinn blushed slightly. Even after months of his own socialising, he still found it offputting how easily his intentions seemed to everyone else.

“Well, I wondered how much you knew of matchmaking.”

“Matchmaking? Please tell me you’re not about to ship my sister off with another pirate!”

“No, no, of course not,” the words fell out in a tumble, followed by laughter by the pair as they recalled Hyrum.

“We shouldn’t laugh, Quillan. She hasn’t had love like that before and you’re supposed to be improving your relationship with her, not gossiping about it in the library.”

“You’re quite right, little miss. No, I’ve been wondering about it for some time. In part I’m quite aware that I have a certain political power and we might find some good comes from me pairing off with a noble lady, and I’m wondering about the process.”

Cassielle blushed slightly, asking in a quiet voice,

“Do you have a house in mind?”

Quillan stared back at her, his eyes boring into her own before blinking and looking away.

“It would be an entirely political thing, so I can’t say I’ve thought about it much more. I’m just curious as to what I’d be expected to do and how to act.” He paused slightly, mouth part open, before continuing, “I also think Pidge has someone he likes I just won’t do him the discourtesy of asking who, or chasing it privately, so I can at least dig for information and share it with him so he doesn’t expose us. Plus,” a grin forming on his face, “I’m quite of the opinion that Kwabez and Alhara would be a good match too.”

“Lord Ruler…” Casielle sighed at the ceiling, “Have you ever, perhaps, thought you shouldn’t get involved in other people’s lives?”

He blinked. “Never.”

She roller her eyes slightly, then turned her mind to the problem.

“Well you know Alhara better than I. Given some of the stuff I’ve picked up about the Terris I suspect she won’t appreciate your involvement very much, but you can do as you wish. In terms of nobles…well the honest if unhelpful answer is it depends.

“Houses tend to match up young men and women through factors of status and resources. Rich families with high status will marry the same so as to become richer or more influential, while those who lack resources may marry off a son to the daughter of a poor if well-respected family so that both benefit in some fashion.

“Once they’ve been matched, it’s kind of a trial of obedience and patience. If you end up with someone you can live with, you’ll do as is expected. Flowers, letters of love, visits, meeting the family…you get the picture. Stewards sometimes deal with that if the suitor is an important heir or just too busy for it.”

Quillan walked over to the window, looking out towards the city of Austrex on the horizon. He thought about Molsier and Krea, Hyrum and his unknown love, the noble couples he had seen.

“It seems sad that nobles can’t marry for affection. Part of me can’t believe I could pity nobles…but I do. It must be horrid to harbour an unenactable affection for someone.”

“Unenactable? That’s not a word, Quinn.” She stood up and walked over to stand next to him, growing taller in her age, she still stood only up to his shoulder.

“It’s true we don’t marry for love. Sometimes people get lucky, it’s true, but it’s rarer than mistings. But that’s why we’re trying to change things right? Everyone’s lives will improve: it won’t be just Skaa who benefit, but hopefully we’ll open up the noble houses to a less restrictive lifestyle too. I mean, take me and Bella. We both essentially ran away from home.”

“That’s true…thank you, Casielle. I’ll let you get back to your back.”

With a quick bow, Quillan stomped off into the house, calling for Pidge.

She shook her head when she settled down again. Boys.

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Chapter 50 Summary
The Session Everyone was there by Dark Magicks Unknown
  • Bella and Fallow argue over breakfast in regards to violent action being a part of the takeover and how we should approach the issue of taking over the city
  • Bella believes we should threaten before we act in order to avoid a fight whereas Fallow says a show of force may be necessary in order to force nobles in line from the get go, and taking all the atium is a part of that.

Cullen and Ben, if this is an incorrect summary feel free to alter, as this was the section of the game I was still mostly asleep inside

  • Bella says the other must agree, to which Fallow says they haven’t even said a word. In general Alhara agrees violent action isn’t desirable but may be unavoidable and Quinn simply states he would like not to be a punching bag for Marienesse (spelling?). Triss is okay with violence but investigation is the first step to check the realities of a heist.
  • The party separates to perfom various tasks
  • Bella goes to speak to the obligators, accidentally seduces one, puts money towards the Obligator providing a map of the internal layout of the Hasting household
  • Bella makes a deal with Gerraint in regards to the house and getting them to agree to side with the Rebellion, in the process ensuring their father has enough gold to be cognitively able.
  • Alhara makes a map of the Hasting household to the best of her memory then quickly realises almost everyone she would like to speak to is not in the city
  • She briefly visits Kwabez to talk about training the rebellion and what to make of the death of the Lord Ruler after it has now happened
  • I ship it
  • Triss, Fallow and Quinn head to the rebelliion to discuss matters and gain information that way
  • A conversation with a random informer suggests they should be able to get that information after some time
  • The three talk about the make up of the Rebellion and agree it could do with a few more leaders so that their is an escalation procedure/chain of command
  • Fallow returns home to speak to the Sloweswift specials to see if any of them are suitable for a military-esque leadership position
  • They still agree he is crazy
  • Fallow briefly returns to the rebellion, bumping into Quinn, and finds out how the Atium is being tracked, hugging a confused lady in the process.
  • Quinn mooches around the rebellion trying to ascertain their morale about their chances of success and what they make of Kristaris’ new outlook on life.
  • He learns stuff he doesn’t need to but makes progress to ruling our hermalurgy and Emotional allomancy
  • Triss speaks to Quinn about how she and Fiore came to be a couple, he awkwardly leaves after
  • Triss speaks with Fiore and arranges a way to start getting a more formalised structure of command
  • She is unfortunately witness to the conversation with Lin

Points of action

  • Owandise to teach Mennis better copper protection
  • Sloweswift specials to decide how to step up
  • Bella to visit Molsier without Fallow
  • Quinn to find a way to confirm if Kristaris is ‘spiked’
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Chapter 50
Story 4

Time

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn
  • 1 for Triss

Learning

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn
  • 1 for Triss

Aspirations

  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Quinn
  • 1 for Story

Roleplay

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella

Adventure Log

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Chapter 49
Story 4

Time

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn
  • 1 for Triss

Learning

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn

Aspirations

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 3 for Bella
  • 2 for Fallow
  • 2 for Quinn
  • 1 for Story

Roleplay

  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn

Conditions

  • 1 for Bella

Dramatic Failure

  • 1 for Quinn

Adventure Log

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Chapter 48
Story 4

Time

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn
  • 1 for Triss
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End of Story 3
Story 3

Aspirations

  • 1 for Fallow
  • 2 for Quinn

Conditions

  • 1 for Bella

End of Story

  • 3 for Alhara
  • 3 for Bella
  • 4 for Fallow
  • 3 for Quinn

Timeskip XP

  • 5xp for all
  • 12xp for all (only on metals)
  • 46 starting XP for Triss (plus above 17xp)
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Chapter 47
Story 3

Time

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn

Learning

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella
  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn

Aspirations

  • 1 for Fallow
  • 1 for Quinn

Roleplay

  • 1 for Alhara
  • 1 for Bella

Adventure Log

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Session Summary In which our heroes go digging.

• Our heroes have a short meeting with the resistance. Two previously unmet member of the underground gangs are present. Everyone (except Tressex) is entranced by the amount of atium that has been stolen
• Kistaris seems unusually confident, reckons the Skaa resistance is succeeding in Luthedel (and is behind wiping out a whole house) and that the atium should be used to arm an army of Skaa and rise up as soon as possible.
• After our heroes offer some notes of caution Nobella gets told she will be used as a front for the atium and Sandcrown is offhandedly given some undefined leadership position.
• There is some discussion of this back at home, people agree that something is fishy with Kistatis, it is noted that the particularly young gang leader with him that night has been uncannily good at taking control of the gang, despite her age.

Some time passes, In which

• Sandcrown and Alhara speak in veiled terms about speaking to the memory monster, Goradel offers to distract the rest of the party while Alhara speaks with it should the opportunity come up.
• Quinn informs Sandcrown about dealing with the Iron Clips vs. Steel Hands problem, Sandcrown advises solving the problem peacefully, Quinn doesn’t like that idea. There is some sort of compromise.

And then we meet and archeologist

• Our heroes are accompanied by Kwabez out of town to meet Kykwen and his team.
• Sandcrown immediately lets on that our heroes have learnt of feruchemy from Alhara, disapproving looks are exchanged.
• Kykwen examines the heroes’ find with what seems like disinterest, refers their questions on the deepness to yet another Terris expert (this time on religion), notably another rebellious type, our heroes will have to find him themselves.
• Our heroes reach the dig site (a hundred year old noble house buried in ash) and begin digging. Some interesting artifacts are found and there are signs of a struggle.
• Our heroes uncover some monstrous wolf men corpses with iron spikes nearby. Then the remains of a Terris, clutching a package which contains a book… “The Treatise Metallurgic”
• Dramatic Music.

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Tret and Sandcrown discuss the future

Lord Sloweswift shuts the door of a poky side room turning to Tret and gesturing to one of the two uncomfortable old dining chair before sitting down himself. The only light in the room is the oil lamp on the side table between them and the fading light of dusk filtering through the small window. The window also lets in the grunts and exertions of Lord Sloweswift’s special fighting skaa. Lord Sloweswift is dust streaked, reeks of sweat and looks tired, both physically and mentally. Tret, as usual when he is in close proximity with a noble, is nervous. Lord Sloweswift does not help Tret’s nerves with his silence, he nudges his cane from hand to hand with a soft thump each time as he stares down into the bright middle distance between for what feels like a few minutes before speaking.

“I’m sorry Tret.” He states finally.

Tret isn’t comforted by these words, he says what he always says in uncertain situations. “Yes Sir.”

Lord Sloweswift glances up at him his eyes full of frustration, Tret is familiar with the look but he was always discomforted by Lord Sloweswift’s disapproval, he was only acting as a Skaa should after all. Once again there is a long awkward pause before Sloweswift gathers himself to speak. “You didn’t ask for any of this, and I’m sorry in my role in forcing you to come here, away from your family. You didn’t ask to be part of the resistance either, but now you are-”

“Yes Sir”

“I’m not done. You see, things are moving fast, soon this whole resistance thing is going to be out in the open and either we’ll be on the winning side or we’ll be dead.”

Lord Sloweswift pauses, Tret knows this pause, Lord Sloweswift was expecting him to say something, after a while he does. “Yes Sir?”

Lord Sloweswift sighs. "My point is, you’ve had a lot of decisions made for you up to now, and they’ve led you here. I’ll be honest it doesn’t look too hopeful for any of us. But now you’ve got a chance to make your own decisions, about what you want to do now the rebellion is coming.”

Tret doesn’t like the sound of that. Lord Sloweswift is always leaning on him to choose between things. “What would you like me to choose sir?”

Lord Sloweswift rubs the bridge of his nose, Tret allows himself a little smile while he isn’t looking, quickly assuming a neutral expression when Lord Sloweswift looks up and speaks, “Look, I’ll try to lay out all the choices for you. First we can find a way to get you back to another noble house, and you can wait for it all to blow over-”

Tret is already shaking his head. “I don’t want that sir.” As much of the hope of safety is appealing, he knows it’s a false one.

Lord Sloweswift continues “Or you could take up arms with us, you’ve got a special talent, it would make you a real asset, you’d play a big part in whether we succeeded or failed.”

Tret says nothing, his lips tight, he can’t kill anyone for anything, not even a noble.

“Or you could work alongside the resistance, but keep out of the fighting, there’s plenty of things that need to be done that don’t require violence.”

Tret, briefly considers whether Lord Sloweswift has noticed his reaction and is giving him this option as a way out, he says nothing.

Lord Sloweswift plows on “I was thinking, for example.” He paused “You didn’t choose this, a lot of Skaa who are going to get caught up in this won’t get the choice either. You could-“

Tret lifts a finger and Lord Sloweswift stops, looking at him expectantly. Tret takes to a few moments to compose himself, this is still too strange. Finally, looking at the ground between them Tret says. “I’m sorry. I don’t think I can be that, not a leader, not showing other people how to be. You see what’s happening here. I just can’t Lord Sloweswift.”

Lord Sloweswift smiled wanly and nodded, “Just think about what you want to do, I understand they’re all hard choices.” He stands up suddenly and Tret scrambles to his feet to match him. To Tret’s complete surprise Lord Sloweswift steps forward and hugs him. Tret is frozen in the embrace, not daring to move. Lord Sloweswift stinks of sweat and ash and soap. Eventually, after what seems like forever Lord Sloweswift backs off “Whatever you decided to do, I’m sure it’ll be the right choice. And if you do need to talk about it, I’ll always make time for that.” With that he gives Tret a companionable pat on the shoulder and leaves the room.

After the door has shut behind Lord Sloweswift, Tret stumbles back into his chair and murmurs “Yes Sir.” Outside Lord Sloweswift shouts a greeting to his special fighting Skaa and starts up a general melee before the mists roll in. Inside, Tret sits and thinks of the future.

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