Played on July 8th, 2012
May 8, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
Arriving at Velvet Square, we decided to visit mr. Etherington first.
We knew that Mr. Chauncey traded in wine, so we rather hoped that he would
be more amenable to our words in the afternoon; we arrived at around
ten o' clock, and therefore a bit early for wine.
Mr. Etherington had a mansion with a huge wall around it. There was a
large gate at the square, with three guards posted. Not feeling in the
mood to beat around the bush, I simply asked for a few moments of
mr. Etheringtons time. I did need to mention the events of the previous day
before one of the guards was willing to check on his boss's schedule.
It took quite some time but after about fifteen minutes, he returned
with the message that we could enter. It turned out that most of the
group did not want to enter, for some reason. So in the end it was just
Boulder, Soniah and me that went in.
Again, I wanted the purpose of our visit to be clear, so I wasted no
time in introducing us and pointing out that Mr. Etherington very
probably knew Boulder by sight. He told us he did not, which I considered
surprising, but then again he probably was not present at the square
In any case, I then presented our line of reasoning: while the current
status quo was obviously beneficial to Mr. Etherington, he still also
suffered from artificial restrictions handed down from the Greyskins.
Apart from the despicable behaviour towards the common men, it stood to
reason that Mr. Etherington could make a lot more wealth by trading goods
were the Greyskins gone. And therefore it would make sense to join forces
with the BLA, at least considering freeing Northmeadow.
Mr. Etherington did make a bit of fuss about our connection to the
NMU. Seeing as we had just formally joined forces, but never even
did anything together (yet), I stressed that this relationship was not
yet as outspoken as he believed.
It seemed to me that it took a bit of convincing, but he did appear
to go along with this line of reasoning. He asked for a bit of time
to consider the matter, which was reasonable of course given that he
did not recognize Boulder and therefore did not know what we already
accomplished. So we agreed to meet again just after lunch, and parted
ways with that.
Outside, Tharen and Galtar appeared to be a bit miffed about this outcome.
They apparently expected a clear yes or no after this talk. While that would
have been nice, I thought the present result was good enough already. Still,
they kept going on about it and in the end I got so frustrated that I
threw Lucretia's presents at Tharen for him to use as he saw fit.
Wasting no time, we went to see Mr. Chauncey. His mansion was not as walled
in, but we did see a lot more guards. He also had a gate, and this time
after introducing ourselves we only had to wait a few minutes before we were
called in. This time only Vhaal wanted to stay outside..
Mr. Chauncey appeared considerably less interested in our arrival
than Mr. Etherington was. However soon after the initial introductions
(this time Boulder was recognized), a woman presented herself. It
appeared that she had been standing in the shadow in a corner of the
study, and she took position behind Mr. Chauncey -- I presumed she
was his wife, or at least lover. From then on out it was her that
made the conversation, and Mr. Chauncey let this happen. Apparently
she also managed his estates.
Furthermore, she hinted that she had already heard about our visit to
Mr. Etherington. Which was surprising considering that was about 15 minutes
ago. I guessed that the two spied on each other for some reason.
In any case, I still did not beat around the bush and presented the same
line of reasoning. It seemed to me that she already knew all we wanted to say
and just wanted to make sure that we held nothing back, but I did not see
any reason to. That seemed to please her for some reason. Also she was
amenable to the thought of the greyskins gone. At around this time Tharen
did not want to wait any longer for a yes or a no I guess -- he "suggested"
to me plainly that we had another ace up our sleeve. As the woman had
heard as well, we had no choice but to hand over the blue pouch.
The woman opened it and out came a small stone of amber. Her
reaction was one of surprise; but when she had gathered her composure
she asked us whether we knew what this stone signified. I tried
to bluff my way out of it as did others but she saw through it
and only laughed. She also refused to tell us the significance of
With us confused, she also asked for some time to "check some
things out", and probably also confer with Mr. Chauncey, I guess. I
accepted this and agreed to meet just after the next meeting with
Returning to the square, we quickly told all that happened to
Vhaal. We were a bit miffed at the contents of the pouch, not to
mention the effect on the woman -- it did not sound like her decision
would be entirely based on the stone. But while we were talking, it
seemed to Vaal that a group of passersby was pointing at and talking
about our group, but the moment he wanted to ask them about it they
Having nothing more to do before the next meeting with Mr. Etherington,
we agreed to go have lunch and pass some time. That was over pretty
quickly and so we found ourselves with a bellyful on the square again,
ready to meet with Mr. Etherington.
This time we were expected of course, so we passed the gate immediately,
again with all but Vhaal.
Mr. Etheringtons response was to the point: he did not want to associate
with BLA. He refused to give a (good) reason. Tharen then pointedly again
asked me to present the "gift", which I had almost forgotten about. We did
not have any other option at that point however, so I reluctantly handed the
red pouch over to the merchant.
Inside was the same small stone of amber. Curiously, this seemed
great news to Mr. Etherington, who pondered it for quite some time,
and let slip something about "so this is from her". He did not,
unfortunately, respond to questions about this behaviour. And even
more aggravating, after having pocketed the stone, he announced that
his refusal still stood. This confirmed that Lucretia's tricks did
not work well enough for our purposes.
We were led back and outside the mansion and I had to mentally realign
myself before we headed over to the other side of the square, to
Mr. Chauncey's mansion.
Again we were expected and led inside rather quickly. There both
Mr. Chauncey and his wife (or at least, the same woman) greeted
us. Her first question was about Mr. Etherington and his answer --
I answered truthfully that he refused our cooperation, and she seemed
pleased with that.
Luckily, and moving on from the subject, she told us that they had
already decided that Mr. Chauncey would help BLA and NMU with the liberation
of Northmeadow. We had no time to lose. However the first thing that we
would have to take care of was Mr. Etherington.
In order to discuss details of our plans we agreed on a meeting
between BLA, NMU and Mr. Chauncey in the Wicked Witch, which would
be set up as soon as possible. The problem was that the Wicked Witch
was a place where Chauncey and his wife would stick out like a sore
thumb; plus they did not know the location at all. Soniah, Boulder,
Tharen and Galtar were concerned that Mr. Etherington would alert the
Greyskins to our location and plans, and wanted to do something about
it. But Boulder did not have his sword, and he said he needed it to
deal with Mr. Etherington.
So it was decided that I was to wait on the Chauncey's while they
dressed in something less fancy, Boulder would go and alert the NMU
and get them to the Wicked Witch for the meeting while fetching his
sword, and the rest would deal (in whatever way I did not want to know)
with Mr. Etherington.