After the disappointment before this was a surprising switch. Okay, after my arguement about personal speech vs. emotes before - hmmm, editing it I recognized, that our guests didn't emote that much either, but I think here you can feel and see the respect for each other, the respect for the RP and the roleplayer, which was missing in the scene before:
Chapter: Surprisingly finding scouts
Later that night, when the first boy already went to the kennels, Franziskus heard some shouting and sounds of battle outside. He swears. "What's going on out there?"
Endy gulps, "I am not sure, my Master, it sounded like fighting"
Franziskus Ninetails gets out to take a look what the fuzz is all about. Just the moment he was about to open the door he remembers his mask and scarf. He quickly pulls it off and tosses it to the stairs. "We better take a look, my lil moonbeam."
Endy: "Yes, my Master"
Franziskus Ninetails looks over the docks but everything seems quiet. He shrugs and hmmmmms.
Endy shakes his head wondering if he was hearing things
The merchant sits down on the bench before the house.
Endy follows his Master and lays his head on his Master's leg as his Master stares at the docks.
Franziskus Ninetails sits quietly, his hand playing radomly with his boy's hair as he watches the stars and the three moons of Gor, enjoying the unusual warm spring-night
Endy sighs softly holding his Master's leg watching the small waves of the dock lapping against the pier.
Franziskus Ninetails a bit sleepy still caressing his boy's hair looks over the fjord and the docks. In the dark he recognizes some people still busy that late at night, but he doesn't care much as the ongoings on the harbor is not of his concerne anymore. His gaze wanders up to the sky where slowly dark clouds cover the three moons of Gor.
Endy sighs softly, "it is a plesently warm night, my Master"
[A couple appears in the yard]
Athina Alexandre: "Tal, Sir", she smiles at Endy "Greetings, tiger"
Franziskus Ninetails looks up at the people he recognized at the docks before, now entering his yard. He raises his hand "Tal"
Menthu Hird: "Tal, Sir, and greetings, endy"
Athina Alexandre puts her hand through Endy's hair and ruffles it
Endy jumps hearing a voice behind him "Master! Mistress!"
Athina Alexandre nods to the man on the bench, then smiles again to Endy: "How are you, Endy?"
Franziskus Ninetails raises his eyebrows "You know these people, my lil moobeam?"
Menthu Hird watches Endy turning towards them, smiling recognicially and smiles to him, then turns to the man: "Well met, Sir, I am Skull"
Athina Alexandre: "I'm Nevaeh, Sir ... and yes, we know this boy for a long time now. He is yours?"
Endy blushes at having greeted them without his Master's permission "They are um...... travellers I knew, my Master". He falls silent as the Free talk to each other.
Franziskus Ninetails slowly gets up from the bench, rubbing his butt as he was sitting there for too long. He gives the strangers a warm smile "Well met, Skull. Neveah. I'm Franziskus, merchant here in the Fjord"
Athina Alexandre smiles "Well met too, Sir! And so nice to see you again, Endy"
Franziskus Ninetails nods and ruffles his boy's hair "Aye, he's mine"
Athina Alexandre: "You take care of the boy real good, I see. He looks so strong and healthy"
Franziskus Ninetails grins "Well, the thralls work a lot... much work here in the house and the docks... but I don't think they can complain."
Endy smiles and inclines his head to his Master's touch "You have finished your travels? Or you are still searching for the lost items stolen from the ruins of our fort?"
Franziskus Ninetails: "So, what brought you to our Fjord?", he asks with his warmest smile
Athina Alexandre smiles "Well.. we lived in this land some time ago, Sir. And recently we find our home here again."
Franziskus Ninetails beams "Oh, so... you are new neighbors and settle down here?", then adds mumbling "... or other way round that would be, I guess"
Menthu Hird nods to him, and tries to remember the way they walked
Franziskus Ninetails: "Then welcome to Kalana Fjord"
Menthu Hird: "Yes, we are", he says and smiles
Athina Alexandre: "Yes, we have settled here... but we travel a lot as well.. we are restless always.."
Athina Alexandre: "Thank you", then turns to Endy and smiles "You look great, boy. I'm glad to see you so happy"
Endy smiles back "The travels seem to have done you both good, you look fit and well travelled"
Franziskus Ninetails makes an inviting gesture to his hosedoor "Can I offer you something? Paga? Mead? Black wine?"... he looks down to his boy "Do we still have black wine beans, my lil moonbeam?"
Endy puzzles for a moment "I am not sure my Master... though if memory is correct they share your taste for paga"
Athina Alexandre laughs about Endy's words "You remember well, tiger", then to Franzi: "Your invitation is very generous. Thank you, Sir" She looks at Skull and await his answer.
Menthu Hird places a hand on Nev's shoulder and smiles to him. "Thanks for your hospitality. We would be more than happy to sit down and have a nice paga or... black wine.. that I haven't tried before"
Menthu Hird listens to the conversation between Endy and Franz "A paga would be great!"
Endy smiles "My Master finds it distressing that so many here only like Mead and make it hard for him to get paga". He smiles at his Master.
Franziskus Ninetails can't hide a grin at the nickname the woman has for his boy. He gently pats his shoulders "Run to the kitchen and see if there are some beans left. If not, there should be my reserve fund in the basement."
Endy smiles "Yes, my Master"
Franziskus Ninetails apologizing to the guests "Can't live without my black wine. But it's so hard to get these days!"
Athina Alexandre: "oh, is it? how come?"
Menthu Hird looks surprised and curious, "I have never tasted black wine"
Franziskus Ninetails again makes an inviting gesture leading the guests to the house
Athina Alexandre walks to the house. "What a lovely home you got here, Franzi"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles and tilts his head in a mix of modesty and pride "Thank you. Built it with my own hands"
Endy smiles as he checks the jar and finds there is enough black wine for three and puts the kettle over the hearth to boil.
Athina Alexandre: "Wow!", she smiles. "Done a great job here!"
Franziskus Ninetails places his cloak and bow in the weapon rack before he turns to his guests, gesturing to the mainhall "Lets have a seat"
Athina Alexandre smiles and follows.
Menthu Hird nods "You have a wonderful house." He lets his bow slide off his shoulder and removes the sword sheath and places it by the wall.
Athina Alexandre lets her bow glide of her back and puts it down against the wall.
Franziskus Ninetails shouts over his shoulder "Endy? When you heated the water make a fire!"
Endy coughs politly looking to his Master "My Master, you wish for your usual type of black wine?"
Franziskus Ninetails nods to his boy "Yes, my lil moonbeam. First serve"
Athina Alexandre smiles for the sweet words between them
Endy smiles "Yes my Master"
Franziskus Ninetails looks at his guests "How do you like yours? When you never tasted it before you might chose first serve too, which is with milk and sugar. otherwise it might be too... bitter for your taste?"
Athina Alexandre: "Mmmm, I prefer a paga, please"
Endy looks to the Master who has been on his travels "Master would like first serve, it may be milder for your first taste?"
Endy: ((dang, too slow again))
Athina Alexandre: "Just suprise him with the black wine, he loves it all"
Menthu Hird smiles to Endy "I will try it as it is without any milk and sugar"
Endy grins "As you wish, Master"
Endy: "Mistress, how would you like your paga?"
Athina Alexandre: "oooh, icy cold please, endy"
Endy: "Yes Mistress"
Franziskus Ninetails chuckles, happy that his guests feel comfortable enough in his home to play around relaxed. He smiles and makes a mental note for a present, when his new neighbors settle down in the neighborhood.
Menthu Hird smiles a bit embarresed. "Behave woman!", he says while trying to stop her from getting herself all over him. We are guests."
Athina Alexandre: "Yes behave... we are guests"
Endy arranges some balls of crumpled up paper and balances some logs on top. The fire is ready it to be lit.
Franziskus Ninetails after a look over to the kitchen smiles again at the guests "So, you are traveling a lot?"
Menthu Hird sees Endy coming with empty hands, and wonders what happened to the black wine
Endy reaches up to the ledge of the fireplace for the fire lighter and touches it to the balled up paper.
Athina Alexandre sees how endy does a good job and looks back to Franzi "Aye.. we are most of our time traveling"
Franziskus Ninetails already forms an idea in his head
Athina Alexandre wipes some hair from her face afther the wild tickling "I was born in Prison Moon, and Skull all up North"
Menthu Hird nods to Franzi "Aye, we travel a lot and have sniffed many lands."
The fire starts to give out a nice heat.
Franziskus Ninetails nods "Hmmmm... .hmmmmm... may I ask what's your.... business?"
Athina Alexandre: "None exactly... we just take it day by day... getting ourselves in trouble... most of the time..."
Franziskus Ninetails nods again, very satisfied with the answer
Menthu Hird: "We just found a homestone nearby here, and think we will stay for a while until our restless souls force us to move ahead again"
Athina Alexandre nods "mmm... yes...", feeling the nice warmth of the fire
Menthu Hird laughs and nods to Nev and looks to Franzi. "Somehow we have a skill to always get in trouble"
Franziskus Ninetails's face brightens "Well... then you could be the right people I was looking for!"
Franziskus Ninetails lowers his voice to a conspirational whisper "Are you interested in a.... well paid, but maybe dangerous task?"
Athina Alexandre hears his words and suddenly he got all her attention.
Menthu Hird leans his head closer to Franzi. "What would that be?" he asks and smiles
Athina Alexandre waits eager to hear what he will tell.
Franziskus Ninetails: "I'd need some scouts...." He points to the kitchen "The beans for the black wine....."
Menthu Hird nods in agreement to Nev... thinking that we will be perfect for such a task
Athina Alexandre listens
Franziskus Ninetails: "....they only grow in the region of Thentis..."
Endy smiles as the kettle finally boils, he places the ground beans into the special kettle and adds the boiling water. He checks the bowls and selects the most appropriate for his Master and the free carefully wiping them and checking for cracks and places the black wine, bowls, suger bowls and cream ont a tray and carries it over to the free - jumping slightly at his master pointing in his direction.
Franziskus Ninetails: "...very well guarded and protected"
Menthu Hird: "I see, and how would we recognize these beens?", he asks
Athina Alexandre: "aye...well, Franzi, nothing is save from us!", she grins to Skull
Franziskus Ninetails clears his throat before he continues "Well, another merchant and I will try to smuggle some sacks out of the city of Thentis"
Menthu Hird nods and smiles "We were looking for an adventure, and here it comes to us unexpectively." He looks in agreement to Nev, knowing that this is a task that they gladly would get their asses into.". Then he looks back at Franzi. "Tell me more!", he says and smiles.
Athina Alexandre: "Aye.. please, tell us more"
Endy smiles as he rests the tray on his laps and ladels his Master's black wine, adding just the right amount of suger and cream, he kisses the bottom of the bowl and bowing his head holds the bowl above his head to his Master silently not wanting to disturb their conversation.
Franziskus Ninetails: "But we'd need scouts to explore the city for us first. Telling us where they store the beans, where the guards are, how the chances are... a sketch or even better a map of the city would be perfect!"
Athina Alexandre: "That will be no problem at all"
Menthu Hird: "Aye, we can do that, Franzi. What was the name of the city again?", he asks
Franziskus Ninetails: ((actually I don't know how the city of Thentis is and how their RP. Never been there. Only know that the search delivers me 4 LMs for "Thentis"))
Franziskus Ninetails: "The name of the city is Thentis"
Athina Alexandre takes out of her pants a scroll and something to write with and starts to write.
Menthu Hird wipes the hair from his face "The merchant... your partner.. where is he to be found, and what can he help us with?", he asks.
[oh, my fault. Missed that line]
Athina Alexandre mumbles as she writes "...the city of Thentis .. Black Bastards of Gor..."
Menthu Hird nods in recognition "We have been there, Nev, remember?"
Athina Alexandre: "aye.. we did... some time ago now but we did..."
Menthu Hird nods.
Franziskus Ninetails reaches for the hot bowl of black wine from his boy, then nods to his guests so the slave serve them before he continues "I'm offering you two gold tarns for it. One you will get now, the other when you return with the information. What you think about that?" - Waits with a bright smile to let them be impressed by the offer, as it's a generous reward.
Endy as his Master takes the bowl he carries the bowl over to the traveling Master, this time adding more sugar and cream than normal so that the bitter taste is lightened, and kissing the bottom of the bowl holds it out to the Master
Menthu Hird thinks that they would do it happily just for the adventure, but smiles to him: "That's a fair bargain, and you have your scouts, Franzi!"
Menthu Hird watches Endy preparing the black wine and smiles to him.
Franziskus Ninetails beams "Perfect! My first boy will prepare papers and a passage for you the next days"
Menthu Hird takes the black wine from his hands and holds it until everyone has been served.
Athina Alexandre mumbles "hmm two gold tarns... well the adventure and the challange is something our style..."
Menthu Hird stands up and shakes his hand: "We will get you the beans, Franzi", he says and continues "Let this be the first of many business that we will share and may it grow to a long and loyal friendship between us."
Franziskus Ninetails places the bowl on th ground and stands up to answer Skull's handshake.
Athina Alexandre smiles seeing them shaking hands... she is proud off her strong tall Warrior... but sometimes he can be stupid too... she thinks .. it's good that she is by his side... they fill in eachother in a good way.
Franziskus Ninetails smiles "Deal then!"
Menthu Hird nods to him "It's a deal, my brother"
Athina Alexandre: stand s up to and walk to Franzi to shake his hand
Endy sneaks the Masters bowl away whilst they shake hands and replaces it with one with the Master's correct order with no cream and sugar
Athina Alexandre: "To adventure and beans!"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles "It's a pleasure to do business with you"
Menthu Hird laughs. "To friendship, steel , honor and eh... well, okay... beans!"
Endy hurries to the kitchen before his Master notices
Athina Alexandre: "Tomorow we will travel there."
Franziskus Ninetails: "Very well!"
Franziskus Ninetails gestures to the cushions so they have a seat again
Athina Alexandre as she lays back in the soft cushion: "We are fast and good. We will give you all the information you need."
Franziskus Ninetails: "If you need a place to stay for the night, Endy can prepare the guest room"
Athina Alexandre: "That would be so great.. right, Skull?"
Franziskus Ninetails takes the bowl up from the ground again and groans in pleasure as the hot liquid runs down his throat.
Endy returns to the servery and glad that they have the coola extracts the last of the flasks of paga keeping ice cold in the coola, he takes a goblet that is as beautiful as the Mistress and carries them over to her
Athina Alexandre sees endy returns with the paga and smiles softly to him."You have a very good boy here, Franzi."
Franziskus Ninetails smiles as his boy approaches with the paga, eager to serve though he must be very tired, his brothers already sleeping for hours in the kennels
Franziskus Ninetails smiles and nods "Yes, they are lovely. I think you will soon meet his brothers too... or at least the first boy River. They are like sun and moon, day and night"
Athina Alexandre smiles "Love to meet him"
Endy carefully opens the flask taking care not to spill any and fills the goblet, remembering the southern traditions he holds it to his chest for three heartbeats saying a prayer to the priest kings the kissing the foot of the goblet he lowers his head and holds out the goblet subserrvantly to her, in a clear voice saying "Your ice chilled Paga Mistress" then in a quieter voice inclining his head towards his Master "He is in the portrait of us behind my Master"
Franziskus Ninetails emtpies his bowl of black wine. His eyes curious on Skull, wondering how he'd like the taste of black wine
Athina Alexandre takes the goblet out of Endy's hands and smiles warmly to him. "Your Master has a fine boy here. He must be so proud of you.Very good serve, Endy. Thank you". She brings the goblet to her dry mouth and takes a big sip from it, feels how it glide though her throat and moans softly "mmm... wonderful ...excellent..".
Franziskus Ninetails's gaze follows Endy's pointing to the painting "Ah, right... there is River on the left"
Menthu Hird takes a big sip and let the black wine squirl in his mouth to let the aroma reach his nose before swallowing it. He sighs satisfied while it streams down his dry throat. "marvelous... just marvelous!", he says and smiles to Franzi and Endy. "Never tasted anything better in my ife", he says and smiles.
Athina Alexandre looks to the painting on the wall. "Ahh yes... I saw that... that's a really beautyful painting!"
Franziskus Ninetails returns his gaze to Skull and smiles content, nodding his head a bit, glad that his guest enjoys the taste of the black wine.
Menthu Hird: "Aye, it is surely a taste of the Gods. I can see now why the beans are so precious to you. I might keep a few for myself!", he says and laughs.
Franziskus Ninetails raises his eyebrows a bit as his boy starts babbling. [[he was confusing IMs and open chat]] "Sleepy, mine?"
Athina Alexandre kicks Skull's leg "Bed time, love!"
Franziskus Ninetails as his guests raises stands up too "Prepare the guestroom, my lil moonbeam. You can clean up here tomorrow"
Menthu Hird "Aye, Nev, it's time to let our bones get some rest"
Athina Alexandre: "Franzi, thank you so much for your hospitality. Your boy served great", she smiles to endy "...but it's time now for us to sleep. Tomorow will be a long day... traveling"
Endy: "Yes, my Master"
Franziskus Ninetails points to the kitchen "Let me give you a copy of the keys, so you can walk around the house at your will"
Menthu Hird places his hand on Franzi's shoulder. "Was great meeting you, and you will soon hear from us!"
Athina Alexandre takes her bow from the wall again and lift it on her shoulder
Endy smiles, glad that they normally keep the spare room clean and ready for use and he lights the fire and fluffs the pillows
Athina Alexandre takes the key from Franzi s hand and puts it save a way in her pocket. "Thank you, Franzi, I will keep it very safe"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Let me show you the guest room"
[short tour through the house]
Franziskus Ninetails: "... It's small, but cozy. You have a bed, a brazier and a balcony."
Franziskus Ninetails stretches a bit "Well, excuse me, but it's time for me too. It was a long and hard day"
Menthu Hird smiles to him. "My compliments again, Franzi, you have a wonderful house"
Athina Alexandre "Aye it was. We will sleep as well. Wish you and endy a great night sleep" Menthu Hird nods "Same here, and we need to be fresh in the morning for our journey"
Athina Alexandre: "We will keep you informed about our mission"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Thank you again. I wish you a good night and pleasant dreams"
Athina Alexandre smiles "Thank you, Franzi, and safe paths"
Franziskus Ninetails: "If you need something - my bedroom ... and the boys ... are right over there"
Menthu Hird smiles to him "I wish you the same, Franzi"
Athina Alexandre: "Thanks"
Franziskus Ninetails tilts his head and turns towards the door
Franziskus Ninetails shouts down to the first level "Endy! Time to sleep!"