Elder Scrolls: The Beasts Game thread (Semi-open, pm gm to apply)

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Szo had met a few dozen people since he put out the call, evaluating and judging and sighing a lot, too. Most applicants were worthless as anything except bait, but a half-dozen stood out... Somewhat.
The chosen six were a motley bunch to be sure: a housecat mage, an automaton controlling Imperial assassin, an Orc who fought with no weapons. Szo prayed to the Nine that they would be enough.
He sent a courier around to each, sending a short message, nothing but a time, a place and a signature.
Morndas. Noon.
Talos Plaza District.
-Szo

And now he stood, with the sun directly overhead, his pack on his shoulders and his sword in its sheath, his shield on his back, and his spear in hand. He shifted his weight back and forth restlessly, waiting for the others to arrive. Once they were there, he would explain his "plan". He had a grand total of one lead as to where the sorcerer might be, and so they had no choice but to act on it.
Sentinel, in Hammerfell. The rumors say the Beasts seem to originate somewhere near there. So that's where they would go. He gripped his spear a bit tighter, and stood straighter. The party would be here any minute. He was ready. He just hoped they were.

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Teldryn wandered through the tall pavilions and narrow back alleys, getting from one district to another took an almost ludicrous amount of time, but once he reached the plaza, he was quick to identify the Redguard.
''So, you're Szo eh? Teldryn Lassniss at your service.... of the Lassniss & Co. shipping association?.... you may have heard of it?''

The Imperial strolled through the streets, his Dwarven Sphere rolling loudly behind him. Perhaps it would've been more prudent to keep the thing in it's ball form, but Gaius was a fan of the scared look of passing civilians. Let them feel uncomfortable, his mastery over the creations was complete, and with an errant thought he could send any of them to the grave with his Shpere's help.

Like that fat Breton in nice clothing, who stared just a tad too long. Gaius flicked a glance at him, and the amulet glowed as an bolt shot out and grazed his shoulder. Gaius grinned and kept moving, whistling as his guardian returned to ball form.

"You, Redguard, shall I kill this elf?" The assassin recognized his client, but the new person was not welcome in his negotiations. The Sphere uncoiled again as Gaius spoke, "I believe you have yet to set a definitive... price, for my services yet, either."

Belkin was the next to arrive, yawning quite loudly and stretching as he approached the Redguard. "Sorry about the yawning" he said as he got near, "I was up till about the break of dawn working on an Ebony suit for one of the nobles. Long story, but 'never tell a noble the armor has to temper and won't be ready till tomorrow' is all I'm saying"

"Anyway, I'm assuming you're Szo." he said, indicating to the Redguard, "I'm Belkin Steel-Hearth...as in 'That one line of Warrior-Smiths' Steel-Hearth".

Szo eyed the Dunmer who approached. He could vaguely remember him, some sort of archer/mage.
"So, you're Szo eh? Teldryn Lassniss at your service.... of the Lassniss & Co. shipping association?.... you may have heard of it?" he said.
"No." Szo said shortly. "Afraid not. You seem to be the first to arrive, serah. Would that our new companions had your apparent punctuality. Although... Here comes another," he said, hearing the clank of the automaton.
"You, Redguard, shall I kill this elf? I believe you have yet to set a definitive... price, for my services yet, either."
Szo sighed. Off to a roaring start.
"Are you really such a satak you would kill your own companion? Or did you believe we were going to take on the world-ending abominations ourselves? You will be payed when the job is done. Until then, any loot you find if yours. That is exactly what I told you before, satak."
Szo, as a rule, was distrustful of both mages and assassins. A mage assassin was not high on his list of trustworthy companions.

"Anyway, I'm assuming you're Szo. I'm Belkin Steel-Hearth...as in 'That one line of Warrior-Smiths' Steel-Hearth".
"Hail to you, Belkin of Clan Steel-Hearth. Your family is well known in this profession. It will be good to have you along."
Szo thought for a moment.
"We're still missing a few. A housecat, a nordess, and an orc. We move out in an hour, with or without them. If tehy all arrive, I'll explain the plan. Until then, we wait."

"That is exactly what I told you before, satak."

"Have you forgotten so soon, Redguard? I already have companions." Gaius took a step back, and snapped his fingers. 3 purple, swirling voids appeared, each dispensing a Dwemer creation. A Centurion and two spiders stood at attention, his Sphere joining them.

"I meant how much, of course. I want to know how much your life means to you... Serah." The man's grin faltered when he noticed the new guy, Belkin.

"Well hello, Nephew. Fancy meeting you here." Gaius spit near the man's boot, and began leaning against the wall, waiting for the rest of the unnecessary help. He dismissed his pets, only the Sphere remained. It returned to ball shape and simply sat still, waiting for a command.

''Nord-ess? You do realise how ridiculous that sounds, I mean what's next Imperial-ess? sheep-ess? Cactai? '' he said almost judgingly, he then turned his attention to the pompous Imperial, ''Sorry, but we only just met, and making death threats on introduction isn't exactly the most efficient of ways to expand one's friend list'' he could tell this one would be trouble, especially going by that thrall of his.

"I meant how much, of course. I want to know how much your life means to you... Serah." the arrogant mage said.
Szo leveled his spear at the amulet.
"You're worthless without that amulet. And don't you dare forget it. The sorcerer is far more powerful than the energies in that amulet. She will tear that thing from this plane, and you along with it. You're here to help us get there, and your share of the reward will reflect the fact you can't help us fight her. So either shut your mouth and stop antagonising the only people who will be standing between you and a mage far more powerful than your toys, or turn around and leave."

"Well hello, Nephew. Fancy meeting you here." Came a reply from a man next to him, his voice sounding a little familiar. He then spat at Belkin's shoe, missing it but still annoying Belkin, he turned towards the man now leaning against the wall...and all the colour in his face drained.

"....Uncle Faust." He said, a mixture of dread and anger coming from his voice. He breathed a heavy amount of air and then spoke. "So, still committing Patricide, or do you let your contraptions do that for you?" he said in spite.

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Teldryn stared at Szo for a moment before snapping his attention ''I just want you to know that I'm taking notes here because, heh'' he gave out a small chuckle, pointing with his finger Gaius and Belkin going at it ''What we're seeing, is the beginning of how I die, you probably won't but hmm, I probably couldn't outrun any of you. Congrats though, you have successfully brought whatever we planned to do here to a halt.''
He told him with a smug sense of self-worth on his shoulders ''I'd like my pay upfront by the way for whatever we're doing, because Gods know that those two will either kill each other, or Mr. *I fart automations to my side out of thin air* will sadistically kill us in our sleep.''

''Sorry, but we only just met, and making death threats on introduction isn't exactly the most efficient of ways to expand one's friend list''

"I'm a friend of the city Morticians. Would you like to meet them?"

"So, still committing Patricide, or do you let your contraptions do that for you?"

"... Someone doesn't know how patricide works."

"So either shut your mouth and stop antagonising the only people who will be standing between you and a mage far more powerful than your toys, or turn around and leave."

"One should make threats based on THEIR powers, dearest Szo. But fine, Serah, I shall play nice with your pack mules... Just make sure to keep me in front of you." The wolfish grin never left Gaius' face as he spoke down to the young ones, each word bitter and sarcastic. They all seemed simple of mind to him, yet each would prove invaluable meatshields.

Szo sighed. So, the smith was okay but had a vendetta against the mage, and the elf was smug as hell, and the mage was a complete bastard.
Maybe the others would be better. But he had grave doubts.
Szo ignored the archer- weren't archers supposed to be the silent, deadly type?- and looked at the mage.
"One should make threats based on THEIR powers, dearest Szo. But fine, Serah, I shall play nice with your pack mules... Just make sure to keep me in front of you."
Szo smiled grimly. "Had no intention of letting you out of my sight, mage. And, on further reflection, feel free to kill the archer is he gets lippy at you like that." Szo said, punctuated by a short, "Ha," the only clue that he was joking.

"... Someone doesn't know how patricide works." Came the reply from Gauis. "Well someone else here doesn't know what 'family' means either" Belkin replied, before turning away from him. He spoke to Szo and the Dunmer. "Do me a favour, if he DOES decide to try and kill us all...can I keep his head? I just need something to make my family proud, and that'll be easiest" he asked.

Jo had been watching the group for a short while now, hidden in the shadows nearby, so far they seemed an arrogant and posturing bunch. She yawned, how boring she thought she would be meeting interesting and well traveled adventurers, not a bunch of mewling kittens trying to prove they each had the sharpest claws. No matter, the sorcerer and his beasts were what intrigued her, and hopefully the others could set aside their squabbles to work towards their goal. The dwemer summoning amulet seemed interesting as well, if attached to a rather annoying individual, although it likely summoned stored automatons, certainly magic couldn't create a new machine so easily.

She walked into the group, and meowed to announce her presence, Szo at least ought to recognize her so no lightshow would be necessary at the moment. She heard the dwemer amulet bearer comment that the others were 'pack mules' something that amused her, after all she was certainly not going to carry much, and outright saying such a thing was simply asking for everyone to dump their spare crap to carry onto you.

"Had no intention of letting you out of my sight, mage. And, on further reflection, feel free to kill the archer is he gets lippy at you like that."

Gaius was about to respond, but was interrupted by his smith kin.

"Do me a favour, if he DOES decide to try and kill us all...can I keep his head? I just need something to make my family proud, and that'll be easiest"

Gaius cocked his eyebrow and scratched his throat, muttering to himself, "Guess it runs in the family..." The man smiled at his Nephew, one he could actually respect perhaps. But if he went anywhere near his machines he was going to be wall paint.

Gaius snapped his attention to the Meow. He smiled and knelt down to the thing, holding out his hand. "Ah, cats. Masters of themselves. Wonder what this one is doing. Is your owner incompetent? Hm?"

''Oh look, a cat, perfect'' Teldryn said, looking down on the little pet. Its eyes seemed to cut right through him, ''So are we just gonna let this thing linger?''

Szo saw the housecat approaching, and bent down to speak with it.
"Jo'iit, I think? There are many cats in the City, but none who would approach our... Group." Szo said grimly.
''So are we just gonna let this thing linger?'' the archer asked.
"Serah, I would not recommend talking about an alfiq like that. Especially not an accomplished mage. Some are... Touchy. She is our other mage."

Szo bent down and spoke to a cat, confusing Belkin deeply.

"Jo'iit, I think? There are many cats in the City, but none who would approach our... Group."

"So are we just gonna let this thing linger?"

"Serah, I would not recommend talking about an alfiq like that. Especially not an accomplished mage. Some are... Touchy. She is our other mage."

"Ummm...." Belkin spoke up, attracting their attention again, "Am I missing a joke or an illusion here because...that's a cat! And, last I checked, cat's can't be mages."

''Other mage?'' He looked at him sternly, after seeing the first mage Teldryn dreaded finding out about this one's capabilities, probably a master illusionist or something. As this progresses he finds himself increasingly outmatched by these other members. All Teldryn has in the realms of magic is restoration and a bit of destruction, and his Archery is only considered decent by the fact that no others here excel in it.

"Ummm...." Belkin spoke up, attracting their attention again, "Am I missing a joke or an illusion here because...that's a cat! And, last I checked, cat's can't be mages."
"Oh? Can they not?" Szo laughed. "No, this is a khajiit, born under a specific part of the Lunar Lattice. She cannot talk, but her magic is quite powerful." Szo said. He'd escorted a scholar on khajiit morphology once, and learned many things.

"Ummm...." Belkin spoke up, attracting their attention again, "Am I missing a joke or an illusion here because...that's a cat! And, last I checked, cat's can't be mages."

Gaius snapped his hand back, and stood up to address his nephew, "It's an off shoot of the Khajiit we all know and love. I know one, actually, quite an interesting individuals... Higher body count than me..." Gaius shrugged, and looked at the cat again. Apparently this was their sorcerer. He stopped paying attention to Szo gave the correct information on the species, instead addressing the cat again.

"So, you're our other mage... Well, I hope you last longer than the slackjaws."

"Oh? Can they not?" Szo laughed. "No, this is a khajiit, born under a specific part of the Lunar Lattice. She cannot talk, but her magic is quite powerful." Szo said.

"...Huh, never knew that. Well then, I can safely say that one of us can regret what they just said around the person!" Belkin replied, looking down at the unique Khajiit, curious and confused by it.

"So, you're our other mage... Well, I hope you last longer than the slackjaws." Came a response from Gaius. "Big talk coming from a guy left powerless by a thief with deft hands" Came the reply from Belkin, noting the amulet.

She ignored the outstretched hand, and the snide remark of the archer, and sat down next to Szo, nodding as he said her name. She couldn't help but smile to herself at the confusion from the others as to what purpose a housecat had in their group.

"No, this is a khajiit, born under a specific part of the Lunar Lattice. She cannot talk, but her magic is quite powerful."

Way to spoil all the surprises for them. Ah well she saw little reason to prove her magic to them now, it was more entertaining to let them all stutter in surprise and wonder what sort of joke was being played on them. At least they'd stopped fighting with each other for now.

''Alright, well how do you communicate with us then'' he asked the khajiit as if it would speak back, embarrassed at the spectacle.

''Alright, well how do you communicate with us then''

Jo focused and a small bead of green light appeared in the air before her, quickly tracing out the words 'Like so' the first had faded by the time the second was finished it would only be good for short words but Jo had other methods of communicating, that was simply the easiest.

Teldryn looked at the green hovering text and was certain that this was new to him. However saying you're amazed with this crowd probably is a weakness, and Teldryn wasn't about to let this explanation slide without poking a few holes in it first. ''hmm.... what do you do if one of us can't read?''

"Big talk coming from a guy left powerless by a thief with deft hands"

Gaius followed his gaze down, to his amulet. The thing that let him control his Dwemer machine,s his pets...

He pulled the amulet off his neck, and placed it on the ground. He raised his palm, and summoned his spider, active. It began skittering without control, it seemed confused, no sense of direction. He snapped his fingers, and the machine disappeared to lands unknown.

"Now imagine that was a hostile Centurion, dear Nephew. If you believe Sithis would have someone who's skill was in his gear, you stand no chance against my dagger. If nothing else, make your death a challenge for me." Gaius picked up the amulet again, and returned to his wall, hand on his shortsword.

''hmm.... what do you do if one of us can't read?''

Jo had run into this problem before, she could make sounds with illusion magic as well, but not anything complex enough to be called words, so she was often left attempting to make pictures, which often looked rather crude given that illusions were not her strongest skill and required much more magicka, not that she was terribly limited in that area.

In answer to the archer she wrote 'draw' in the air, hopefully he would grasp her meaning.

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''hmm.... what do you do if one of us can't read?''

Jo had run into this problem before, she could make sounds with illusion magic as well, but not anything complex enough to be called words, so she was often left attempting to make pictures, which often looked rather crude given that illusions were not her strongest skill and required much more magicka, not that she was terribly limited in that area.

In answer to the archer she wrote 'draw' in the air, hopefully he would grasp her meaning.

''Alright then, that'll do'' he told her, leaning away from the others and against a well, ''So what do you think of those two'' he pointed at Gaius and Belkin ''Do you think we'll last the night with them? Person to per-- uh-ai-ugh, ear-to-ear?''

Gaius pulled the amulet off his neck, and placed it on the ground. He raised his palm, and summoned his spider, active. It began skittering without control, it seemed confused, no sense of direction. He snapped his fingers, and the machine disappeared to lands unknown.

"Now imagine that was a hostile Centurion, dear Nephew. If you believe Sithis would have someone who's skill was in his gear, you stand no chance against my dagger. If nothing else, make your death a challenge for me." Gaius picked up the amulet again, and returned to his wall, hand on his shortsword.

Belkin just shook his head and ignored it, starting to get tired of the bickering. Bad enough that his traitor of an uncle was in the group, but everyone else seemed to be at each others throats already as well. He just hoped the rest appeared soon enough so he could get going....at the very least, he wasn't going to let his uncle get the better of him.

''Do you think we'll last the night with them? Person to per-- uh-ai-ugh, ear-to-ear?''

Jo shrugged, as best as a house cat can shrug at any rate, she didn't doubt she would make it through the night as for the others she had no idea. As for her thoughts on them they were too verbose to properly express with her bead of light. Gaius claimed to serve Sithis, an assassin who wore his colors openly really didn't exude competence in her opinion, and the others had done little other than squabble with him. She would wait to see them in action to decide what she thought of their capabilities, as for their personalities she didn't like the assassin and was undecided about the others, though the assassin's relative seemed to have legitimate grievances. She settled on writing out the word 'odd' to describe her opinions on Gaius and Belkin.

Gilbert had just followed the cat on a whim, hoping that it would bring great destruction and death. However, it had instead walked into a group, someone seemed to have expected it. Although he tried to see what was going on, truth was, it was hard from where he was standing. And he was getting curious. Finally, he decided to walk out from his hiding spot.

"Greetings," he grinned, he didn't think they would attack him. Not that he would mind if they did, a fight was a fight, and he enjoyed those. Especially if the opponent died. He examined them, none seemed too impressive, apart from the cat.

"You're an odd group. Never mind me, I just followed a great mage, hoping for some fun." He walked up to Jo. "You. Are. Awesome," he said. "Where did you get that good? I bet it took a lot of slaughtering, right?" He turned to the person who seemed to be the leader, the Redguard, for a short moment. In that moment, he said; "Say, what is this thing?" His eyes turned malicious. "Can I kill someone if I help you out?" Looking at the cat again, Gilbert continued. "I'm Gilbert, but call me Gil."

"Can I kill someone if I help you out?"

Gaius raised an eyebrow, didn't he do that already? At least his knife was focused... Did it upset Gaius to see one so like him, at such a young age? Gaius smirk returned as he glided behind the newcomer, quiet as the night, and drew his blade. The newcomer wasn't even wearing armor... How easy it would be to sink his blade to the hilt.

"We're not fans of the elf here. He would offer the least resistance... But I believe I promised I'd play nice." Gaius chuckled as he made his Sphere stand up, and aim his crossbow at Gil. He skipped back a few steps, liking the dramatic whooshing sound of his robe.

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