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LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by DM-Estelle on Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:18 pm

The day has arrived!

First, a description of (new) Silver Valley. It seems that in the time since Miles and his underhanded gang ran the city and were subsequently crushed, the established buildings of Silver Valley have been completely torn down, and a brand new city has risen from the ash and snow. The skyline has an eerie, magical glow with unusual architecture breaking into the horizon as travelers draw near. The city is now gated, and two huge frost giants flank the gates, standing stoic watch over all who enter. They do not interfere or cause any disturbances to the hordes of visitors, however. All are permitted entry, provided they keep the peace.

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Visitors run the gambit from foreign dignitaries, to refugees, to seasoned adventurers, to apparent visitors from another land: tall, pale, blonde, red, and white of hair, and potent of presence. These extraplanar strangers are extremely generous with their donations to the cause.

Donations are collected by a friendly team of priests, wearing favors from many different gods of the Weirdale pantheon, and soldiers in Angrboda’s army. Anything is accepted, big or small, and at least something is expected, except for refugees who have nothing to offer but their support and the hopes of having a good time. They are given some of the donations, instead, as this day is for them.

Silver Valley itself now consists of ethereal, beautiful architecture of glass and metal and marbled stone. Lamplights glitter on the street with a magical, colorful glow, and the shops on the street have huge windows to display the fine wares within. The streets are positively utopian in their cleanliness. Raj’s presence here could hardly be missed for those who know him. Looming behind the stage that Nathaniel has erected for today’s fun, there is a giant statue of him in the center of the city, and a castle floats listlessly in the sky.

Not far from the festivities is a monument of a huge wolf made of marbled stone, metal, and crystal. There’s a stone hand on the floor as though dropped by his enormous jaws, and under one of its paws is the actual skull of a human. On the opposite side of the city from the front entrance is a gated community where the Jotuns that serve as Raj’s army live. Visitors are welcome, but the gates are closed to warn against the frigid temperatures beyond that are in place for the Jotun’s comfort, and prevent hapless civilians from wandering in and freezing to death. Guards only turn away mortals who are not dressed or enchanted to survive the cold.

There are signs posted that the city still has plenty of vacancies, and real estate is currently free to anyone who has been displaced by recent tragedies, with only the expectation that they will contribute to the city’s welfare in some way. It’s clear through the many store windows still vacant that while the streets are absolutely full of visitors from all walks of life, not many have moved in yet.

There is food and drink, both alcoholic and non, provided by the Verdict, the Silver Valley bakery, and other sources from this world and more, to suit any palate, and plenty of it. Nathaniel is already on stage playing cheerful, nonverbal music for the crowd as they arrive on a piano, and on his guitar. And despite the usual snowy climate in this part of the kingdom, the sun is shining and the weather is absolutely perfect for an outdoor show. It may or may not be due to a harp sitting on top of Nathaniel’s piano that adventurers from the most recent adventure would recognize as the bard’s latest acquisition.

The stage itself is just in front of Raj’s statue, and it’s sturdy with bright pink, purple, gold, and white flags and banners. There is plenty of room for dancing in front of the stage, and room for standing, and plenty of chairs and tables for sitting, and eating. Loving care was taken to make sure that anyone’s version of a good time was seen to.


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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:01 am

At least two other people have been here for about as long as Nathaniel. Aydn, maintaining the dark-and-scary presentation, has been assisting with security concerns. Armored in black and red and armed to the teeth, with both the BFF sword and Idunna's at his sides, the thin elven guildmaster makes sure to visit with familiar faces where possible, even if not in the crowds. Wren's scouts who might have come, any of his own, friends from Weirdale... He keeps an eye out for Faust in the visitors coming north into the city.

Near the stage, however, is a tall, strongly-built human woman over six feet tall with long red curls like fire. A snugly tailored blue and white coat-dress with dangling long sleeves and silver clasps covers her fitted, older-style apron-dress with brooches at the shoulders. She's been quietly away from most everyone who doesn't approach her directly (or Nathaniel, Wren, and Aydn as he passes the stage on occasion), and does at least seem to be alive, but does bear an absolutely uncanny resemblance to the ghost that was fighting by Ezra's side in the Weirdale streets during the recent invasion. She seems to be offering assistance to the staff around the stage and to the bard between sets.
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Post by Tackett on Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:32 am

Tina confidently walks onto the stage, her armor and weapons still equipped, her cloak of eyes glaring out to everyone in the audience.  Whether she's receiving a standing ovation or not, in her head she is, and she's randomly pointing to people in the crowd and pounding her heart, keeping it real.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, before I begin this show, I must warn those with sensitivity to flashing lights, women who are, or may become, pregnant, and those with erections lasting longer than 4 hours to please view at your own risk.  Now that that little business is taken care of, IT'S SHOWTIME FOLKS!"

Tina raises her hands to the sky as fireworks begin shooting up into the air due to numerous Prestidigitation casts, each from an outstretched finger like she's shooting a gun. Some are over the audience, some teasingly close to Aydn.  After a few more firework blasts, she twirls her right hand in a circle above her head and 6 of her now world famous goblin girls appear out of thin air.  One flies down and touches Tina's shoulder gently.  As she does, Tina begins to levitate and then launches herself into the air as well, joining the girls as they fly into the air.

"EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!"

The 5 girls who are able cast Dancing Lights, and 20 multicolored orbs circle around the audience and the stage.  After a few seconds, the orbs start to form colored rings in the air, which Tina and the girls use for flying through and performing aerial tricks.  The girls are much more agile in the air than Tina is.  This lasts for about a half minute

"And now, time for the finale!"

Casting Seeming, Tina turns herself into an elf looking humanoid, thinner and taller than usual, with very glowing green eyes.  She enjoys this illusion.  Each girl is turned into an illusion of a miniature replica of an enemy the group has faced:

One into a landshark
One into water elemental snake
One into Inquisitor Shitlord
One into a winged demon
One into a green dragon
And one into Jocasta.

She lands and points to the sky, the girls all take to the air, lining up in a vertical line above Tina's outstretched finger.

Tina closes an eye and aims carefully...

"Bang."

She fires an Eldritch Blast into the air and as she does, dismisses the goblin girls (she's doesn't ACTUALLY want to kill them).

She bows to the audience, catching her breath from the aerial flight.  When she rises up her form has returned to normal.  She takes her hood and puts it over her head.

"Legendarily Yours..."

She turns to walk off stage, throwing up some dueces as she does.


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Post by DM-Estelle on Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:44 am

Flanking Aydn and just as armed is a woman dressed in black with a black fur cloak around her shoulders. Those who have met Wren LaCroix would easily recognize her.

And staying close to the red-haired lady in her blue dress is a blonde woman in a violet dress that only a few people there (those who raided the Sons of Fenrir cave, or those who went physically into the vampiric nightmare to save this very woman) would recognize as Alice Pagan. She seems to be friends with the red-head and enjoying the show by her side.

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Tina's stunning display gets gasps and shocked sounds from the crowd, many of whom have never seen such an impressive display of magic before. Tina's very appearance on stage is recognized by a vocal proportion who cheer for her before she even begins. Her warnings get a ripple of good-natured laughter, and her dancing lights instigate the concert's first dance from the crowd, with a few excited souls jumping around in the front of the stage where an area for dancing has been established.

Each stroke that vanquishes an apparition of one of the villains that has plagued the kingdom received an uproarious cheer, particularly from the soldiers.

The cheers redouble when she walks off stage, with a chant starting up behind her. "Tina! Tina! Tina! Tina!"


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Post by Ethain on Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:23 am

Aydn does his best to stay the heeeeells out of the way of Tina's fireworks, not particularly excited about getting set on fire, but he seems less concerned after the first one when it's apparent she's not actually trying to hit him with an explosion. Honest mistake, that.

He lurks back around the crowd with Wren in silence for much of the first part of the show, watching for signs of anything unsavory and generally having no idea how to calm the hell down and have a good time in a crowd of people at a concert. Probably has far more to do with that whole 'enormous crowd of people' thing than the show, though. He does watch Nathaniel play a bit before the festivities start, and does watch Tina's performance. He even contributes to the applause as The Legendary Warlock exits the stage.

The redhead in blue with Alice, however, seems to be among those in the crowd who are the least familiar with such incredible displays of magical prowess. As the warlock takes the stage, there's something akin to realization? recognition? Nah, has to be the former, since she and Tina have surely not met before. After the first firework in Aydn's direction she starts to dart off into the crowd, but-... Oh. No, nevermind. That's apparently fine.

AND THEN THERE ARE FLYING LADYGOBLINS. She cheers with the rest when the 'villains' are defeated, particularly Inquisitor Shitlord and the green dragon, and Jocasta's demise gets an enthusiastic whistle along with it.
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Post by DM-Christian on Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:59 pm

Selathanael arrived early to Silver Valley.  He arrived alone, riding his unicorn, after a lovingly prepared breakfast with his fiancé, the local dragonslaying heroine, Aurora Kabrendottir.  The only reason they weren't arriving hand in hand was that Selathanael had insisted that she take her time and arrive closer to the scheduled festivities.  Secretly, he wanted the time to get past the idea of performing before so many people.  He certainly didn't have stage fright, and he was the opposite of nervous when it came to the topic of the piece he was performing.  He honestly could not wait, in truth, to so publicly proclaim his love for Aurora.  That wasn't the "issue."  What concerned him was the relative entertainment value of his rather personal and intimate message, and its quality, given his lack of practice.  

All Knights of the house of sword and shield, where Selathanael and all knights of his people are trained, are required to learn one of the "gentler" arts.  It was important, in their culture, to temper the arts of war with the flavours of life that made it so very worth fighting for.  His father had leapt to the challenge by not simply learning, but mastering the violin, and Selathanael had gravitated, like his legendary father, to music as well, selecting the flute.  He certainly wasn't terrible by elven standards (which meant that, among almost any other culture, he was exemplary)  but part of that was because of how very seriously he took performance of his art.

And so, as everyone gathered, Selathanael was backstage, polishing his glass flute (a gift from Aurora, and an exquisite piece indeed) and practicing quietly.  Dressed in rather formal wear consisting of high soft black leather boots, and gold and purple silks topped off with a long purple jacket edged in golden hearts, he was the picture of elven grace and intense serenity.

He did make sure to watch from the sidelines as Nathaniel played in the crowd.  Nathaniel could have easily pleased an audience at Sentarshadeen, Selathanael's home city, he was a truly gifted musician.  Tina's performance was exactly the ice breaker that Selathanael's growing internal tension needed, and he smiled brightly at the loud and raucous salute to their combined efforts to keep the people safe.  Watching her in this moment, Selathanael had a new respect for Tina's deceptively lax but clearly still calculated confidence.  She was the perfect opening act, a mood setter, a morale boost.  She was just what these people needed right now.  He applauded from backstage and he grinned soulfully at her performance.

And then, it was time.

Taking a breath and squaring his shoulders, he made his way out to the stage, casting a very different, even opposite air to Tina's casual charm.  Selathanael made his way to center stage, where a spotlight centered on him, and he calmly raised his voice to speak.

"It is my belief, as I'm sure will not surprise you, that much of the victory and prosperity we celebrate today can be attributed not only to my Goddess, Whisper, but to the very power of love and its ability to lift us above fear and doubt to do what must be done for the betterment of all.  Bearing this in mind, I hope you enjoy my loving tribute, this day, both to the love of my life, and to the spirits of all who press on because of the immortal, irrefutable power of love."

He smiles warmly, looking first over his shoulder to nod at at Nathaniel, who he'd asked for guitar accompaniment,  then for Aurora's eyes in the crowd, and brings his flute to his lips.

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Post by DM-Estelle on Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:00 pm

Aurora is wearing a simple black silk dress for the occasion with a red bolero jacket. She, of course, has her sword Glory with her, but she's not dressed for fighting by any means. She just didn't want her friend to miss the big show. So he's over her back in a peace knot, and the harness is as delicate and fancy as a large sword sheathe has ever been. She's pushed and wriggled her way to the front to see Selathanael play, not being shy about her "Excuse me's," and her, "Coming through's." Anyone standing near her would hear her conversing cheerfully with her sentient weapon, as though she's come to the concert with her best friend. "Can you see?" "Look, it's the dragon we killed!" "Tina kicks so much ass." "THERE HE IS! LOOK!"

From Selathanael's introduction to his performance, to seeing the flute she got him when they first met, and throughout his playing, she sniffles and hugs herself, trying hard not to sob in public, but she does let a few tears slip. It's enough that the civilians around her realize that she is the girl, and a few soft "awww's" echo around her.

The rest of the crowd is respectfully quiet during the lovely song, and Nathaniel is seen for the first time in his very fancy pink and purple ensemble (from the poster) sitting as unobtrusively as he can far, far behind Selathanael and playing a quiet accompaniment on his pink guitar. Magic enhances the volume of their playing so it can be heard through the city, and from his vantage point on stage, Selathanael could see several couples in the audience smile at each other and dance slowly, many of whom take to the dance floor to sway sweetly in each other's arms.

When he's finished, Aurora eagerly cries up to him, "I LOVE YOU!!!" The champion of love gets rousing, charmed applause from the crowd, with those who had been sitting taking to their feet to show appreciation.
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Post by DM-Christian on Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:19 pm

As the song comes to a close, Selathanael bows deeply, wiping a few tears of his own away, and he shakes Nathaniel's hand before exiting the stage via the stairs to the side that exit into the crowd, making his way to Aurora. When he reaches her, he kisses her hand gallantly and holds her tight in his arms for a long moment.

Once the applause and adoring "awws" subside for the loving couple, he puts an arm around her so they may take in the remainder of the show.
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:19 am

Although Aydn still lurks back behind the crowd with Wren during Selathanael's set, the assassin is caught by more than just the pleasant music. Here, in a formal presentation, the differences between Weirdale's - and perhaps this entire planescape's, so far as they currently knew - two token elves were on vivid display. Selathanael, with his delicate, brilliantly colored silken finery, properly trained etiquette, and flawlessly wrought accoutrements, impeccably prepared for such an event as though it were familiar... and then the crown's dark Spymaster, looking far less refined, despite the quality of his armor and blades, more ready to launch into a murderous fight than to perform on any stage. While the two men had once hand the chance to briefly speak on the places from which they came, the performances today would be a striking illustration of how different the cultures on foreign worlds could be. That, perhaps, had become one of the most impressive things about Weirdale itself: so many different peoples drawn together towards a common end. It definitely kept things interesting, and now showed in an exhibition of talent the variety of which few places in the multiverse had ever seen. Still, he'd spent most of his time outside of the performances either following suspicious characters in the shadows, or conversing from behind his mask with Wren, the task of seeing the crowd as something other than a dangerous mob being the challenge of the day.

Then again, with the impromptu addition of a few key words to the event's advertisements, the concern wasn't without good cause. Aydn wasn't exactly sure what in the hells had possessed Raj to draw public attention to the tall lady in blue's former condition, but the entire local population reading the words 'Former Undead' was plenty enough to set him on edge. He'd heard enough both from their strike team and from his own people to know that plenty of the worlds represented here and in Weirdale detested undead, and that there were not frequent situations on any world where 'former' undead were a thing that existed.

It would put to rest the rumors of the ghost in the street with Ezra, so perhaps it served its purpose, though in the precisely opposite direction of what he'd hoped. 'Yes, that's exactly what happened, that was her,' was not where he had intended to guide that information. On top of that, it was rare that he was able to fulfill his duties - to friends or the crown - by pleasantries like smiling and sharing ice-cream with strangers. He was intended to be frightening, unapproachable to most, an infuriating enigma to his enemies. What risk now did it pose to her, to have not only her name but her face now so vividly in public memory...? At least anyone who'd heard the rumor would have heard that she knew how to wield a blade, though. That's a bit of a comfort.

Thus, it was absolutely imperative that any possible undead-hunters in the crowd believe that he was watching, and completely willing to peel the skin from their faces with his favorite swords and mount it over his hearth if they stepped one hair out of line today. Granted, he was willing to do just that, but that was beside the point. It was the perception of it that mattered more. Prevention of trouble was the goal here, not an actual fight. It would seem reasonable that this might be the reason why Cecine had stayed out of the crowd during the festivities, lingering instead near her dear friend Alice and the stage.

In the end, there were things that he and Whisper's Champion had in common, and now one of them was about to become very public knowledge. No doubt the advertisements for the show had likely raised eyebrows among not just the gossiping public, but the strike team and those friends who'd not spoken to him much outside of missions, as he'd told absolutely no one outside of the guild about Cecine. Until he'd written his latest log, only those involved in the strange events Jocasta had inflicted upon his guild would have known that the ghost even existed... and even fewer had known who that ghost was.

Now, though, it would be made obvious that beneath the leather and steel and rage, beneath the intimidating mask necessary for his position, apparently there did beat a heart perfectly capable of love.

As his comrade's set ends, the guildmaster adds his quiet applause to that of the crowd while heading towards the stage, and as those gathered express their shouted delight with the Selathanael's music, Cecine's fingers delicately unlatch the mask from Aydn's face and armor, leaving the long braid bound up at the back of his head while he confirms that an instrument set aside for the occasion is still in tune. Comfortably held in his hands, it's smaller than Nathaniel's guitar, thinner, more round, and bears eight strings in sets of two. The sound is somewhere between that and a lute, but it seems to be tuned on specific strings to reach a sound closer to what's familiar to the audience, closer to the sound of more modern stringed creations. The strap has been decorated with little beans.

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Once their turn has come, the pair make their way onto the stage. Aydn steals the seat that Nathaniel had previously occupied, brooding for appearances while adjusting the instrument beneath his fingers.

It falls to the freckled, pale beauty to make their announcements, and make them she does with a bright smile for the gathered crowd.

"Halló! And greetings to all of you! Today, we've a gathering the likes of which perhaps no place has ever seen, with faces and peoples from across not just lands, but worlds. That so many who are so different would come together to aid those among you in need is a beautiful illustration of all that you've built here, and in honor of that we would like to to add our voices to the chorus. Though the words may be strange, we hope that the meaning still carries, and that you all enjoy. First-" a wide, mischievous grin stretches across her soft face, "a request by Master Gold."

The song begins to play on the strings beneath the assassin's fingers, and both voices rise. There's a bit of duplication of each for depth normally associated with a small chorus, and while this seems to come as unexpected to Aydn, he plays on with a grin. ((Minor Illusion!))

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For the second, Aydn continues to play accompaniment for her, but Cecine sings alone.

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Post by DM-Estelle on Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:28 pm

The crowd greets Cecine, more than a few curious faces watching her. Wasn't she the one the poster said was a former undead? From the expectant look of some in the crowd, it's possible that some came to see the show just to satisfy that curiosity. But there are no hostile faces. Regardless of the truth of that odd claim, her rosy cheeks and fiery hair were as alive as any of them. The paladins and their ilk sense no undead present, and all is well. Oh, and she seems nice!

Her friendly introduction wins the warmth of the remaining incredulous stares, and as the couple begins their song, there is a smattering of impressed cheers and impressed applause at the stunt of their illusion filling in the chorus. But they're quickly hushed for want of hearing the song.

The pale, tall otherworldly visitors in attendance smile with special brightness at the pair, and whisper to each other in a language that sounds very similar to the words of the songs. The languages would only be identifiable as different at all by the highly educated in exolinguistics.

Applause rises when their duet is finished, and is quelled when the audience realizes there is more to come, keeping it encouraging but not disruptive. Nathaniel is in the front row watching them with radiant pride in his round eyes. Unlike the audience, he doesn't seem keen to keep respectfully quiet until their set is over. He cheers his lungs ragged, and sheepishly heals himself so he can still sing later.

After Cecine has sang her beautiful solo, and they stand to complete their set, the crowd goes wild with the same rabid love shown Tina and Selathanael. They cheer for the music, the new experiences, the beauty of their talent. Those who know who he is cheer for an elf who has fought tirelessly for their safety, as they had for Tina and Selathanael. It's apparent that the royal strike team has earned notoriety and recognition that is quickly becoming household-name status, if somewhat less so in Aydn's case due to the deliberate secrecy of his position.

Nathaniel waits until the applause has had a good, long roar for his friends before climbing up the steps to the stage. He hugs Cecine, but resists hugging Aydn on stage, not sure if his best friend wants to further humanize himself in public. The pink-haired young man walks with a confident stride to the front and center of the stage, and his voice echoes with magic to be loud enough for all in attendance to hear.

"Thank you! Thank you, everyone! Let's hear it one more time for my friends Tina, Selathanael, Cecine, and Aydn!" He raises his hand up high, and the crowd positively erupts. Nathaniel gives his friends a moment to soak in their praise and adoration, before continuing. "Thank you, my friends, you're all very tough acts to follow, but I will do my best." He smiles coyly, and behind him, a crystal piano, guitar, horn, and pair of drums appear. They catch the light with a radiant shimmer. "My name is Nathaniel Gold, and I'd like to dedicate my first song to our dear friends of the Calderran Empire, and everyone who helped us strike them down not just in Viper Falls, but Noth, and our blessed capital. Tonight, we are Victorious." He opens a hand behind him towards his instruments, and they begin to play themselves spectacularly.

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The crowd goes mad for the revelry in their victories, and celebratory dancing breaks out all through the crowd and on the floor. As such, it would be easy to miss three attendees in modest clothing: a middle-aged man, woman, and a younger man in his early thirties, wrestling through the shoulder-to-shoulder masses to get up close. They have Caucasian complexions and the men have brown hair, while the woman has blonde that is starting to gray. It's safe to assume that they are a family. "Could that really be her?" The young man marvels to the two who are probably his parents. "I can't... I can't believe it. Surely she was wrong."

Only those in the very front, like Selathanael and Aurora, would be able to notice and hear them. They're right behind the champion of love and his fiance, trying to gently squeeze past even them.

Suddenly, Whisper's voice is in Selathanael's ear telepathically, stern and serious. "Champion... The people behind you. Get them away from him. Now. Do not allow them anywhere near Nathaniel."
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Post by Ethain on Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:22 pm

Although Aydn does decline to hug his friend (for now), there's a wide grin on his sharp face as Cecine returns the bard's affectionate gesture with a tight squeeze. As the pair exit the stage, Cecine actually pulls him along with her for a while to join Alice right near the front of the stage.

There's quiet words and smiles for a moment before the elf turns to seek out a path back through the crowd, intending to rejoin Wren, but as he gets close to where Selathanael and Aurora are standing, something catches in a long ear. Primed to seek out trouble, the words 'could that really be her' draw his attention instantly, his head snapped in that direction, ice-blue eyes fixated on the three. ((Perception 32 0.o Sent the screenie to Estelle))

He leans back to Cecine, never once taking his eyes off his suspects. "Go to Nathaniel. Don't let him out of your sight."

Apparently this red-headed beauty of his has a business-mode, too. She gives him a short nod and starts worming her way back through the crowd to the side of the stage, to the spot where he'd exit from the performance.

At that, Aydn begins his own path through the crowd towards the out-of-place trio, towards where Aurora and Selathanael are standing. Since he's not had time to reattach his mask, the sharp, focused anger on his angular features is plainly visible. The assassin has recognized something in those words and clearly considers it enough of a threat to prioritize it over all else.
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Post by DM-Christian on Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:57 pm

Selathanael, suddenly glad he quickly stowed his flute before leaving the stage, turns around and begins to spread his arms before he even sees the people that are quite clearly "the people."

His eyes also pick up on Aydn's focused intensity, and he quietly hoped Aydn knew more about this. Aydn always knew more.
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Post by DM-Estelle on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:04 pm

Wren LaCroix picks up on Aynd's sharp focus, and Selathanael's reaction to them, and she is by Aydn's side in an instant.

Nathaniel is still performing his Victorious song, seemingly ignorant of what was going on and dedicated to his performance, having to concentrate very, very hard on singing and maintaining the Illusion spell.

"Excuse me," the woman tries to gently push past Selathanael's guarding arms. "Sorry. Can we please get by you? We won't get in the way or in front of you, we promise."

Aurora is confused, but silently supportive of her fiance, standing beside him and facing the people with him, though wholly confused as to why he was suddenly so bothered by them.

The family appears normal, and other than Aydn's glare and Selathanael's telepathic mandate, there doesn't seem to be a good reason to detain them.

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Post by DM-Christian on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:06 pm

"Madam, please understand that we are only as close as we are because of my role performing in the show. Please maintain a respectful distance from the stage."

Selathanael could really use a further briefing, but his goddess' mandate was all he really needed, and he'd stall for as long as he could until things were made clearer.
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:17 pm

The assassin's voice is kept low, so as not to interrupt the performance, but as he reaches Selathanael's side he is very direct as he contributes to the barrier and offers quick thanks to the paladin for catching them first.

He nods to Wren in an indication of helping to contain them. "I'm going to have to request that the three of you come with myself and my associates here. I've some questions I'll need you to answer before I can release you into attendance." Taking advantage of the air he's been cultivating throughout the day around himself, he adds, "I will only ask once. I would recommend we not investigate what comes after that." ((Intimidate 20, screenie to Estelle :3))
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Post by DM-Christian on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:19 pm

Selathanael follows Aydn's lead as best he can, and continues simply being part of the barrier that now moves with the Court master of secrets. He did his best, without his armor, to look imposing.
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Post by DM-Estelle on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:25 pm

Aurora follows, too, and Wren is right behind Aydn. She knows better than to ask him what's going on right now. All that mattered was he had her support, and she would understand eventually.

The family look shocked, and afraid. But they don't argue. Their clothes are very plain and cheaply made, and they don't have any manner of weapon on them. If this very armed and very serious group of people wanted them to follow, they would. "A-alright," the woman agrees. "We're sorry. Have we done something wrong?"
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:41 pm

"Not necessarily, but please understand this is a necessary security measure." Aydn is so very behaving himself right now, and although he sounds incredibly severe, he doesn't sound like he's going to jump and murder them. He tries to guide the little group out of the crowd, towards the back of the event. "I just need to ask you a few questions."
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Post by DM-Estelle on Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:01 am

The family follows and complies with the entourage. Once they're shuffled away enough that Aydn is satisfied, the older of the two men speaks. "What is this about?"

Wren and Aurora stand by the men in solidarity for now, ready to help however needed. Wren had a much better poker face, though. It's plain to anyone that Aurora really wants to know what these three random people did.
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Post by Ethain on Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:19 am

It takes a while to get far enough away to suit the elf: well out of earshot of their bard and away from the crowd. When they do stop, and the older man turns to ask what the precaution was about, Aydn looks him dead in the eyes without blinking. If this was who he suspected... The possibility made it difficult to keep an angry fire at bay. Why were they even here?

"Who is 'she' and what exactly do you think she's wrong about? Careful, now, I can guarantee you I already have the answer to at least one of those questions. Why are you here? Don't give me the obvious answer to that one, either. Why are you really here? Now?"
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Post by DM-Estelle on Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:55 am

"You heard us?" The husband and wife blink to each other, taking each other's hands with fear in their eyes. "We're... We're just looking for our daughter. She disappeared some time ago. One day, she went out on a walk before dark, and then the next thing we know, some purple haired creature was telling us we'd never see her again. Then, two nights ago, we saw a spirit that told us she'd be here. That she was performing. That she was the star." He shrugs apologetically. "We don't mean to cause any trouble. Her name is Ashley Copper."

Wren steps up at this point, moving faster than anyone would have a chance to stop her, and without hesitating, she decks the man speaking right in the jaw so hard that he falls over backwards. "Never. Say. That. Name. Again." She is white with rage. "Leave Silver Valley right now before I kill every single one of you."
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Post by DM-Christian on Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:01 am

A few things suddenly add up for Selathanael, and while he doesn't attack anyone, his hand on Wren's shoulder is not so much restraining as it is calming.

"Wren, your loyalty is admirable. Please let Aydn handle this. I believe... he may be the only one of authority capable of a cool head in light of... immediate matters." His gaze to the newcomers is very rigid. Not angry, not yet. He only had guesses, but if they were right, and Wren wasn't exactly making him think he was wrong, these were not people he was friends with at all.
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:16 am

"While Wren is justified," he assures Selathanael, "they do have something I want." Aydn leans over the fallen man with a widely sharp, thin grin.

"First, that is not your child's name. You would do well to never speak it again. Second, you're going to tell me everything about this... spirit. Don't you think it strange, some 'spirit' just volunteers this to you? I will be needing everything. Name, descriptions, precisely what was said, everything. If you don't cooperate, then I will see all three of you imprisoned in Weirdale and charged with torture and attempted murder like you rightly deserve."

He looks up at the woman and younger man, anger finally seeping into his voice. "And don't think of running. You cannot hide from me. Anywhere. Don't think I'm being this kind for your sakes. You'll be coming with us regardless, but your fate depends on you. Everything. Now."
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by DM-Christian on Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:03 am

Selathanael leans over to whisper in Aydn's ear.

"For the record, sir... our goddess, Whisper, appears as an elf with purple hair... A 'creature' that natives of this world are not used to."

He keeps his eyes on the odd newcomers, liking them less by the moment.
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Re: LIVE in Silver Valley: Nathaniel Gold's Benefit Concert 2016!

Post by Ethain on Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:10 am

Aydn nods to Selathanael, as though this were not exactly unexpected. "That would be the one, yes, though she did not appear to them without reason. What concerns me most is the 'spirit' they saw two days ago." Yes, he does sound a bit incredulous on the word 'spirit'. Perhaps he's waiting to see if that's a lie? It's difficult to tell if he believes them.
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