Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A day at the market

This was last saturday at the market in Tabor (Fields). I just came home from RL-work and when I logged in I had to realize, that River had parked my AV (yeah, he has my password) in the middle of the marketstalls. Well, at least I wasn't naked! :-)
However, I more or less was forced to immediately RP, but it was fun. I cleaned up the chatlog, as there were a lot of communications/RPs crossing each other... 
I enjoyed it, and it was a good example for using the NLS. Of course I could buy a barrel of salt for 10 TS from someone who was just camping his AV at a spawner in one of the gathering patches. I see people offering goods way too cheap and without any prove or realistic reason how they got it IC. It's frustrating and annoying. And if it doesn't get better, we will give up on the NLS and only use it for our personal needs.
As you see: I'd paid 75 TS for a barrel of salt and I did it with joy, as it was fun to haggle and RP. I just wished, people would become insightful enough, that this is it all about! 


Josh: "Greetings, Master. Klima is using new price, Master!"
Josh shouts "Master Franzi endorses Klima salt!" and points to Master at market stand.
The baker shouts: "Pies! Pies! We've got Larma, strawberry and cherry! Fresh chocolate cookies! Bread! Fresh baked by the loaf or just get a slice to tide you over until you can sit down to a meal!"
Josh shouts: "Salt to put on the bread! Bread tastes good with some extra salt!"
Josh whispers: "Don't push in line everybody, please, one at a time..."
Malex walks over to the gathered crowd to see the Klima-boy and his salt
Josh smiles to see Malex come up.
Franziskus Ninetails wakes up from his little... his DEEP nap behind the marketstalls, wondering how he came here and if his slaves have carried him on a cart to the market. He mumbles to himself "I never touch paga again!", but then looks around for some new barrels to fill his stocks.
Franziskus Ninetails blinks at the gatherd crowd of merchants and their slaves and nods to some.
Malex looks up at the barrel of salt not ever having seen so much and reaches up to taste it.
Franziskus Ninetails looks around and finds most marketstalls already empy. "Hmmm, seems trades were running good!". His eyes searching especially for barrels and salt as his stocks seemed to emptied the last days mysterioulsy.
Franziskus Ninetails recognizes the boy from Klima and smiles to him "Tal, boy. You came a long way from the desert!"
Josh: "Greetings, Master! Aye, but wouldn't miss market day!"
Franziskus Ninetails looks what the boy has to offer. He wets his little finger and dips it into the salt, then licks it. He nods "Hmmm, not bad! How much for the salt, boy?"
Josh: "Only 1 Copper, Master. Good price for salt dragged far from desert. Have a taste if you would like, Master!"
Franziskus Ninetails stretches his little finger out and smiles "Already had a taste. Klima is well known for his high quality of salt!"
Josh: "Salt is good for food, and for torturing prisoners too. Of course, not for torturing prisoners from Tabor... only for other places..."
Franziskus Ninetails frowns a bit... the price not bad for this region, but he keeps his pokerface. He scratches his head "Hmmmm...... a copper tarsk per barrel?" He shakes his head like a sleen and speaks slowly as if not sure "Weeeelllll... I don't know... hmmmmm..... What if I take 10 barrels? Do I get it cheaper?"
Josh: "10 barrels? Yes, Master, lets see now... " He goes through the scroll in his head... tries to remember instructions, just a slave so has to check instruction scroll... 'Hey, there a 10 for 8 deal on Master, 10 for the price of 8, special for Tabor Market!" He counts on his fingers.
Franziskus Ninetails from the corner of his eyes watches cautiously the hooded man near him. His hand rests on his pouch firmly. As he hears Josh's price he does some maths in his head and nods "Hmmm.. that sounds better. What if I take... hmmm... .100?"
Josh: "Argggg, Master, I didnt bring that many!!! It was just me on caravan route, and just me working almost to death in salt mine to mine this stuff. But I can tell Master Merchant if you are interested in big shipment. He can whip more slaves to death to get the salt out for you"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles understanding "Oh well... how many DID you bring then?"
Josh: "Lemme count, Master" He counts, then: "We got 28 left, Master. I can deliver them to you if you want to."
Franziskus Ninetails nods "Good... then lets say... 20? How much per barrel if I take 20?"
Josh: "Aye, Master, 20 at 20 per cent off.... so that's.... ermm... 80 Tarsks bits each, Master. You drive hard bargain, Master!", he says, admiring customer prowess.
Franziskus Ninetails frowns "Didn't you just say, 8 for for 10? So... there won't be a difference, if I take 10 or 20?"
The baker standing next to them: "What price for the rest so you don't have to haul all that heavy, heavy salt back home?"
Josh: "Well, how about 70 each then, Master? Great end of day special!". He checks the scroll and thinks he can get away with this and not be beaten half to death for low price.
Franziskus Ninetails nods "That sounds better. But I have a good day... so... I'll give you 15 KT for the 20 barrels. Don't want a nice boy like you be whipped for bringing less coins home then expected!"
Josh: "Whew! Thank you, Master!"
Franziskus Ninetails: "AND... I'll give you some of the cherry candy my boys made"
Josh: "Whoah!! Candy too! Thank you, Master!" He picks up the salt and loads it for the master.
Franziskus Ninetails takes his pouch and starts to count the coins on the board of the marketstall.
Josh opens eyes wide as the master takes out coins. He wipes his brow relieved to be coming home with some bons. He smiles very gratefuly to the master for the sale, and for the candy too.
Franziskus Ninetails places three cherry candies to the coins for the long way home.
The baker waits for the deal to complete.
Josh pops a candy in his mouth and keeps on loading. He loads more and more of salt lightening the burden for trip home to desert. He hefts 2 more salts, one after the other, sweating but not as much as in hot desert mine. He looks at the master , thinks he must be wealthy man to have so many coins for market day. He cheers as last salt is loaded.
[Took so long to buy 20 barrels one after the other]
Josh: "Thank you, Master, for buying salt"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles as the slave puts it all over to the cart "My boys will carry it later home."
Josh: "If you need more salt or iron ore, Klima can supply"
Franziskus Ninetails rubs his belly "Hmmm, shopping made me hungry. Where do I find something to eat?"
Josh: "Theres some bread over there, Master"
The baker: "Boy, how much salt do you have left and at what price? And what else do you have to offer?"
Josh: "Master, I only have a few salts left, but there are more I can get very soon if you would like. - Let me count... 8 salts left, Master"
The baker nods.....

Meanwhile Franziskus Ninetails: "Bread? Hmmm..... ". He looks around for the baker and for the butcher. "I'd be in the mood for an urt on a stick. But I don't think they have a delicacy like that here?" He looks around and raises his voice asking "Who's the baker?"
Alex: "I don't think the butcher is here, Master, haven't seen him. My Master buys supplies, but I can help you." He waits to see what the Master wanted to buy.
Franziskus Ninetails smiles down to the long haired boy "You are the baker's slave? Hmmm... I think I saw you the other day in the taverne"
Alex: "Yes, I'm the baker's slave, Master"
Franziskus Ninetails looks at the offered goods and point to the one on the top "Is that chocolate cookies?"
Alex: "Yes, it is, Master"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Hmmm, how much are they?"
Alex looks over to the baker who's still at the stall with the salt: "How much for the cookies my master?"
The baker: "10 TS"
Alex: "10 TS for cookies"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles "Oh, that's cheap. They are fresh, aren't they?`"
Alex: "Yes, they are"
The baker now coming over: "A sample cookie for you, sir!"
Franziskus Ninetails takes the cookie from the man and smiles "Ah, you are the baker then? Thank you!"
Alex: "My Master is the one to price them"
Franziskus Ninetails bites into the cookie and chews it slowly, then nods "Mmmmmm..... very well. Of course..." He swallows and smiles ".... it would be even better if you use the 'Torpical Gold' for it!"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Well, pack 10 of it, I'll bring some to my boys too, to taste the cookies"
Alex grabs a paper bag and puts ten cookies in it then hands it to the Master "Here you go Master."
Franziskus Ninetails to the baker: "I'd be glad to visit you to negotiate about cacao-pouder, Baker!"
The baker: "It's too early to tell. I need to see how much I sell each week"
Franziskus Ninetails takes one of the cookies he just bought from the pack and starts to eat it. He points with the half cookie to Daneil "Isn''t that Daneil over there? I have to talk to him!"
River blinks as he hears his master's voice.
River: "My master!"
Josh: "Brother River, I havent seen you in a long time!"
River: "Greetings, brother"
Alex: "Greetings"
Franziskus Ninetails pats his boy's head "I bought some salt. Josh put it on the wagon already, mine"
River: "Yes, my master"
Franziskus Ninetails reaches the package with the cookies to his boy "Here! Take a cookie, my lil sunshine!"
The baker to Franzi: "Thank you for your purchase! Safe paths! Alex, I need to see to an errand again, I'll be back soon"
Franziskus Ninetails looks down to his boy "Do we have some samples left of the Tropical Gold, my lil sunshine?"
River: "I think so, my master. Let me check"
Franziskus Ninetails: "You could give the baker one to test it with the chocolate cookies"
River: "I have four tropical gold samples left, my master". He nibbles his cookie happily, now his stomach feels better he is hungry.
Franziskus Ninetails nods to his slave "Give one to...." - he looks at the long haired slave "... what's your name, baker's slave?"
River mumbles "fank u mu mafter,"
Alex: "They call me alex"
Franziskus Ninetails nods and turns to his boy again "... give a sample to Alex, so his Master can test his next cookies with our Tropical Gold"
River smiles and hands the boy a sample.
Alex: "Thank you. I'm sure he will apreciate it"
River whispers: "It makes nice milk"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Do we have bread at home, mine?"
River "I think we could do with some, my master. I haven't baked in a few days as i have been harvesting."
Franziskus Ninetails searches in his pouch and reaches two copper tarsk to his boy "Buy some bread and a pie, mine. I have to talk to Daneil now!"
River: "Yes, my master"
Franziskus Ninetails as he is searching for the coins finds another candy sticking to his finger. He holds it to Alex' lips "Uhm... here.. for you"
Alex: "Thank you, master"
River examines the bread deciding which his master would prefer. He sees the pie. "hmmmm pie...". He drools.
Franziskus Ninetails sneaks up behind Daneil and slaps his shoulder, surprising him "Daneil! Greetings to you"
Daneil: "Greetings"
Franziskus Ninetails: "I heard you are growing sul and sa-tarna, is that right?"
Daneil: "Yes"
Franziskus Ninetails notices Chance in the crowd and winks to him before he turns his attention back to Daneil: " Do you have a brewer too? For some reason my stocks of sa-tarna and sul-paga are emptying.. uhm.. .mysteriously all the time."
River hands the boy the coins and carries the bread and pie over to his master.
Franziskus Ninetails: "I would order some barrels... but I don't know, if you brew yourself or sell your grains and suls to a brewer?"
Daneil: "I just grow and sell"
River puts the bread and pie with the rest of his belongings and picks up his lute again, really wishing his brother was there as he prefers to dance than play.
Daneil: "I don't know a brewer"
Franziskus Ninetails scratches his head "Well, to whom do you sell then? Only to the baker?"
Daneil: "Who ever wants to buy"
River starts to play his lute again hoping to bring customers to his master's stall.
Franziskus Ninetails shrugs and leaves "Well then... I'll find one. Thank you anyways"
Daneil: "No problem"
[Okay... no idea about THAT convo....]

Franziskus Ninetails turns to the next marketstall, noticing Mike again "Ah, Tal again, Mike. Your fingers are better from cutting all the olives?" As he doesn't get an answer he frowns "Hmmm, boy must have fallen asleep..."
River: "My master, I put it with the rest of our stuff"
Franziskus Ninetails nods over his shoulder to his slave, then takes the bottle of Kalana-wine from the next marketstall and smells at it "Mmm, rich smell... warm... "
Franziskus Ninetails mumbles "Who's the vintner of this wine?" and reads the label
Chance hears Franzi and grins over "It is Master Will"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Hmmm, Will Galuptra... " He looks around then down to Chance "And where is he? I want to buy two or three bottles"
Franziskus Ninetails: "I still got stocks from Kalana Fjord, but it's.. hmmm... well, wine for... common people. This one looks... a bit more precious.. for my private use"
Chance looks to him "Master, I carry his pouch for putting coins in. He walked back to his house for a moment"
Franziskus Ninetails reads the price "Hmmm... 25 copper bits? That's... not expensive at all"
River places more bags of blackwine on display smiling to himself.
Chance looks at him intently "Master, it is very good wine!"
Franziskus Ninetails places a copper tarsk on the counter and grabs four bottles, looking around for his boy to hand them to him
River notices his master looking for him and quickly finishes filling more bags and runs to join him.
River: "Forgive me, my master, I was restocking"
Chance grins at River "Good sales today, brother?"
River: "Aye brother, sold all the tabor soft only two bags left"
River sees the master finish with josh and runs over to see if he can attract him to his stall.
Chance snickers.
River: "Samples! Free samples!" To Bearded: "Master try my master's samples?"
Chance waves to Rowan "Bazi for sale here, brother"
River: "The finest blackwine in tabor!"
Bearded of Tabor looks around trying to find some wines and hears chance.
River: "Free samples!"
Bearded of Tabor: "Bazi tea?"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Tal, Scribe"
Bearded of Tabor: "Tal Franzi.... It looks like you have a good market here today again"
River makes himself look busy, making sure that the store is tidy.
Bearded of Tabor spies some grapes.
Franziskus Ninetails smiles "Not mine, but..." - He looks over his shoulder with a warm smile at his slave, then turns his attentiong back to Bearded "... my boy seems to enjoy it"
Bearded of Tabor sighs realising the crate is empty.
Bearded of Tabor: "The boys do seem to enjoy the market... I am not sure if this is where chance gets some of his candies..."
Chance: "Master, I have beetles for sale!" perks up.
Franziskus Ninetails shouts over to Mike "VISIT US THE NEXT DAYS, MIKE. WE'D NEED SUGAR SOON!"
Mike shouts back: "Yes, master!"
Franziskus Ninetails mumbles "That slave seems to work too hard. He seems so tired"
River louder "SAMPLES! FREE SAMPLES OF THE FINEST BLACK WINE IN TABOR!" Chance: "Whose slave is he, master?"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Mike? He's Dragonlord's, I think"
River puts his lute on the ground and picks up his flute.
Bearded of Tabor buys some wine and some BAzi tea.
Josh in a distance: "How much is the blackwine, brother?"
River: "We have a special offer, brother"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Well, I have to see how my boy is doing... Excuse me!" ((talking of blackwine.. I need coffee....))
River points to the board "3.60 KT for a pack of 12 portions. Special offer for today"
River plays his flute softly .. losing himself in the music as he always does.
Josh sees sign about cacao powder and forgets blackwine.
River kicks a bag of tropical gold to josh seeing him looking at it with eager eyes, he winks as he plays.
Franziskus Ninetails rests a bit on the barrels on the cart, listening to his slave playing the lute and humming some melody to it.
Josh sees cacaobeans..."ermmm... brother... Food is so boring in desert. I think baker... if we had a baker, would love some cacaopowder". He thinks of cookies iliek the one he had a ilttle while ago.
Josh looks to cacaopower. "Master, may I be allowed to get some cacaopowder for Klima?"
River picks up his finger cymbles and then begins to dance to the sound.
Franziskus Ninetails smiles at the desert-boy "Do you have bosks in your oasis?"
Bearded of Tabor watches the boy dance in the corner.
Josh: "Aye, Master, we do. They aren't very happy but they are there"
Franziskus Ninetails nods "You can put some pouder into milk. Delicious!"
River moves his body to the sound of the bells, enticing the master's to watch him.
Josh: "Oh, yes. Sounds great Master! May I go ahead and get some now, to take back to desert?"
Franziskus Ninetails: "How much cacaopouder do we have left mine?", he asks his dancing boy, trying to catch his attention
Josh as he finds the sample River kicked to him: "Oh, thank you, brother. I didn't see you handing me that"
River smiles.
Josh: "I'm a little dazed from all the business"
River wriggles his cute behind as he dances ... his lips moisted by his tongue.
Josh looks to River: "Brother, was that the 3 copper bag?"
Franziskus Ninetails as his slave doesn't answer him, slaps his butt as he walks by to take a look himself.
River eeps.
Josh: "Rrrivvvveeerrrrr!"
River: "Aye, brother"
Josh: "thanks, brother"
River: "But that was a free sample for you"
Josh: "Oh, I was going to pay from klima sales, brother"
River: "For three coins you get a bag of ten portions"
River: "Oh no, brother.. that was for your master"
Franziskus Ninetails frowns as he opens the empty crate, looks to Josh with a sad face "Sorry, it seems it's all sold out"
Josh: "Oh, thank you, brother." He looks to see if he has something for River's Master too...
Josh whispers to River: "Does your Master like cherry candy, River?"
River: "Brother, if your master wishes to place an order, I can get it to you for tomorrow."
Josh: "I wish I knew where to find my Master to ask him!"
Josh hands his supply of cherry candy to River for his Master and for River too, thanking them for great day."
River looks to his master.
Franziskus Ninetails frowns as he sees Josh handing the cherry candies he just gave him a while ago now offers to River. "You don't like cherry candies, boy?"
Josh: "Oh no!". He blushes deeply. "I thought it was some I had from before"
River: "Oh, thank you, brother", he says accepting the candy, "I will share with my brother if I might"
Josh smacks red: "Master, I love the candy, thats why it was such a good gift to give to thank you for today... oh, well, I will find something somehow to show appreciation"
Franziskus Ninetails grins "Endy made a lot of them. He made it all himself!", smiling proudly.
River stops dancing and kneels before his master.
Franziskus Ninetails: "Maybe we should make more and sell them to the baker?", looks over his shoulder to the baker's boy.
Josh: "Time to get back to desert now"
River's face flushed and his blood coursing through his veins with excitement.
Franziskus Ninetails: "Before the cherries we brought from Kalana get bad"
River: "Yes, my master. I went serching for a bee hive so we could have some honey, master, but I couldnt find one."
Josh packs up cart and empty sacks, and also cacao powder
Franziskus Ninetails nods to Josh "Safe paths. It's a long way you have back, Josh"
Josh: "Safe paths, Master"
River: "Safe paths, brother, it was good to see you again"
Josh: "Aye, but I can stop along the way too"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Tell your Master, I'm always buying salt, when the price is good"
Josh: "Good to see you too, River, hope to see you soon. Safe paths, Masters. Be well, brothers"
River: "Should I load the wagon, my master?" He begins to gather up his master's goods and puts them on the wagon along with his master's purchases for the day.
Franziskus Ninetails: "Well, it's getting dark, my lil sunshine. Time to get back home"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles at Will "Ah, Tal, Will. Didn't see you. I bought some bottles of your wine. Looking forward to taste it. I see you are tasting the chocolate cookies. They are fine, but I think they will be even better with our newest cacao breed 'Tropical gold'!"
Will nods to Chance "Yes, see to it, boy." Then looks to Franzi and smiles to the man: "Greetings, Franzi! Thank you! I did get some of your blackwine and cocoa as well, I am hoping mine will learn to cook with the cocoa"
Franziskus Ninetails: "I hope the baker comes to order some"
Franziskus Ninetails smiles "If nothing else helps... chocolate milk is easy to make"
Will glances at the baker's boy, "I haven't met this new baker, but surely he will have need"
Will chuckles looking to River, "That one suggested that as well... I favor the wine more than the sweets in my drink, but some cookies around the house would be welcome"
Franziskus Ninetails: "Did you ever try to brew paga and sul-paga besides making wine, Will? I shortly talked to Daneil who grows the grains and suls, but he didn't know a brewer... I had brought stome stocks from the north where I lived, but mysteriously it was all sold out at night"
Will looks thoughtful and shakes his head, "No, I keep mine busy enough as it is I think... but I may lend Daneil the use of one to get the process started... I don't know if our brewer has been tending her shop or not lately", glancing to Chance with a raised brow.
Franziskus Ninetails nods "Well, if you hear of a brewer, let me know, please"
Will nods to him, "I will... perhaps we might go and see the matter with these others or see what is developing with it"
Chance pulls the wagon to the stall and begins to carefull load the bottles, stuffing hay between them to prevent breakage.
Franziskus Ninetails: "Well, it's getting dark. We should take our way back. Be well and safe paths, Will"
Will smiles warmly, "Safe paths to you and yours Franzi"
Chance: "Safe paths, master!"
Franziskus Ninetails nods to Chance with a smile and secretely tosses him a a cherry candy on his the wagon as he passes by.
River "Safe paths, master", he river says softly, and hurries after his master, pulling the wagon behind him.
Chance grins and snatches the candy up "Thank you!"
Franziskus Ninetails helps his boy lifting the whole cart into the boat, then tosses some copper bits to the ferryman to bring them quickly over to the tropics.
River: "Thank you, my master. We had a good day, my master"
[Taking the ferry back to the tropics]

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