Several Gilly vignettes that would be happening in our time in Atur, but are too little (and/or involve no other players) to want to happen in session. Apologies if I got your character’s voice wrong. :)
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Gilly: Right, that was easy. Bards are crazy useful and he’s fine with a reduced share like Mimo’s. Thomas is in. Now, Aramus. Anyone want to start?
Syama: I would have found it very hard to trust him, except for the Star Chart.
Victor: Well, there is the standard employment contract…
Gilly: Which he’s smart enough to see through. Besides, leading with legal trickery isn’t the best way to earn trust? I think we either trust him, unless we want a simple ’don’t try to harm us or it’ll suck’ geas.
Maral: Ye kin hardly blame him for being from Kirkata and thinkin’ that’s how things work. (He glowers at Gilly.)
Gilly: And he’s rejected them, I suppose.
Maral: It’s like this, far as I see it. Right now, you got me and Mimo on the front line. Unless we ease up on who we’re facin’, that’s a lot more risk. We need someone good at the toe-to-toe, and we need ‘em quick. Atur’s great, but it ain’t got lots of bored high-end fighters just waiting on our invite.
Victor: I for one appreciate the idea, if I am near a brutal killer, that he be standing between me and my foes, keeping them from getting at me.
[Gilly glances at Maral. Maral does not react.]
Gilly: Wellll… sounds like we’re in agreement here too.
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Sumner: And then there’s the matter of the stock, which is considerable…
Gilly: [incredulous] The stock? Might I remind you that this is a Deed of Remediation?
Sumner: We are still trying to locate his next of kin. And the inn in question is quite large.
Gilly: All the more reason for it not to fall to ruin, your Lordship.
Sumner: So I think you will understand if we delay action on your petition for a month. Unless you have a compelling reason otherwise…?
Gilly: I’m terribly sorry. I had thought you understood the situation here. I should elucidate. Syama Starseer and myself, Saviors of the City, no less, look to establish a principally charitable operation, a … [consults a paper] Class C3. Feeding those orphaned and ruined by the recent war, education, all good stuff. You have the authority to sign off on it right now. Moreover, Thomas Talespinner is in town, and has taken a very serious interest in the matter. If he were forced to spread the word that a certain lord was delaying the project unnecessarily, perhaps in pursuit of a bribe…
Sumner: What? I never!
Gilly: Of course not. But people draw their own conclusions, do they not? And I hesitate to think of how it would go for you. Were I in your position, I might be trying to paint the whole thing as something I’d inspired.
Sumner: I see. You … do make some excellent points, Miss Tealeaf. And the list of City Domain properties is long, and guarding them is expensive. You’ll have the inn.
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Gilly: And so these Rune Giants…
Thomas: The ones we need to be super-secret about?
Gilly: Right. They’re all sorts of weird. They’ve got this entirely different way of approaching magic. They can make these rune things, like flat pictures on the wall that move and kill you. Some of their creations are immune to magic too. Oh, except sonic, they seem to be weak to that.
Thomas: Sonic, you say? A pity I didn’t meet you earlier. I happen to be excellent at causing sonic damage.
[Gilly’s expression twitches as she contemplates how Thomas would have viewed Gilly-of-last-week.]
Thomas: Well, as much as I am about causing damage at all. I usually find there’s a better way.
Gilly (recovering her usual demeanor): Yes, it will be excellent having another diplomat in the group. A fight avoided is often better than a fight won, especially if you now have an ally for the future. I suppose bards are good at sonic attacks.
Thomas: Some more than others. I really only have the Soliloquy that’s straight sonic damage, but it’s … quite strong.
Gilly: Do tell. We really should review your abilities with the group, before we are heading out to who-knows-where.
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Gilly: So, Aramus…
Gilly: You seemed dissatisfied earlier, when my magic sight picked out that you had an invisible sword.
Aramus: Well, yes. The purpose of the sheath is undermined if it can be seen by what I understand is fairly simple magic.
Gilly: Fairly few have it on permanently, but it’s true that many could notice it with half a minute’s investigation. But have no worries, because you are about to experience one of the many benefits to joining our little group! [She brandishes a cloth.]
Aramus (raising an eyebrow): What is that?
Gilly: A solution to your difficulty. May I?
[She reaches out a hand. Aramus thinks a moment, then hands the sheath and blade over. Gilly murmurs something about impressive levels of power, then commences to polish both, using… erm… sensous and attentive strokes of the cloth. Aramus raises an eyebrow. After the polishing, Gilly returns them.]
Gilly: There you are.
Aramus: They seem the same as before?
Gilly: But now they can’t be seen with Detect Magic.
Aramus: Oh, really? As easily as that?
Gilly: Well, not entirely. Have to redo it every week or so. But that’s a small matter.
Aramus: Very nice. Very nice indeed.
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A: We all got our own copies?
B: So it would seem. Gilly’s trying to make us move quickly. What’s her game?
C: Gilly is an assassin in good standing. If she can scoop up the idealists with her little commune and keep them out of our hair, it would be to our benefit.
D: Are you sure about her motives? These actions are entirely out of line for her.
B: She’s playing a game, as I said. The question is, whom is she playing against?
E: We got a clear line on her at lunch. True Neutral, or so it seemed.
B: You’re thinking Undetectable Alignment?
E: Naturally. Which would be well within her abilities.
A: I don’t like that she’s setting terms for us.
C: And would you have respected her if she came begging? Even with, what, sixty, seventy names? Wait, are that many in all the freedom splinters combined?
D: Some of them are unaffiliated, and they say they’ll pay dues and operate within the Guild if it’s under Gilly’s wing.
F: That’s … a lot. We could have a lot more standing in the city if we didn’t have many rogue rogues.
A: She wants power of writ. She wants to write indulgences, and answer to no one.
F: She’d have reason to behave. She writes too many, we get breathing down her neck, same as if we all together write too many, the city starts to object.
B: She didn’t mind a little civil war among the rogues once.
F: It’s different when it’s your own people. And if she thinks otherwise, she’ll learn when we cut some throats. Followers don’t appreciate it when you go getting them killed.
D: Most of these are novices. Still, that’s a lot of people in one wing.
C: So? This ain’t a democracy.
B: True. And if having another voice at the table could help, as she says, improve Guild cohesion and strengthen our standing, then… Hmm. Yes. I think she is playing against the structures of power within the city. If this works, the Guild will come out from under the shadow of the government. I vote in favor.
E: Heh. I’ll take that as a call for a vote, and second it. Any objections?
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Thomas: Congratulations on the inn! The work looks like it’s going nicely.
Gilly: It really is. This’ll be ready in next to no time.
Thomas: So I’ll be leaving in the morning to pay a visit to my Lady before we leave.
Gilly: Ah, right. And you’ll be back… when?
Thomas: Should be just four days.
Gilly: Four… what? That doesn’t work.
Thomas: What do you mean it doesn’t work? You told me I could visit Laraellien, that it needed to be now before you might be whisked off on the next adventure, that-
Gilly: I did. I just… four days is a long time right now, and I’m trying to get to so many things done at once. And you’re kind of important to several of them.
Thomas: It’s good to be appreciated.
Gilly: I know! Well, I hope I know. We can talk to Syama. Hopefully, she doesn’t have plans for her vestments tomorrow. Cross fingers? Let me handle it.