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26Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:30 pm

"Parchment scroll," she answers, still digging. "The ribbon was blue, I remember that. Where did it roll off to?"
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27Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:57 pm

Glen scans around the room with a practiced eye. Finally, under some other papers that slipped onto the floor on Dolores' side of the desk, he spots sliver of blue ribbon. He steps over and picks the papers up, straightening them and putting them under a heavy metal symbol of the Eighth Division to keep them in place. He then picks up and holds out the scroll, grinning. "Looking for this, ma'am?"
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28Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:07 pm

"Ah-ha! Thank you!" Taking the scroll from him, she tugs the ribbon off and unrolls the report. "Mmhmm. I read this earlier and wasn't sure what to make of it. Vice-Captain Peony of the Twelfth Division believes there may be a new bandit tactician after her scouts were hit with an ambush. The bandits used smoke-sticks attached to arrows to sow chaos. Her soldiers couldn't see, their eyes ran with tears, and the bandits took down four of their number in a matter of heartbeats. Fortunately, Peony's division has some of our best runners and they were able to book it out of there, but even so they lost another two to archers on the retreat. Complete rout, which is bad enough, but Peony swears the smoke-stick tactic is new."
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29Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:20 pm

Glen frowns and his eyes burn with a quiet hatred. "Does it say where the Twelfth was patrolling? Anywhere near Black Dagger Peak?"
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30Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:33 pm

An enormous map dominates one wall of Dolores' office and she now stands to move over to it, parchment in hand. "Here," she decides a moment later, tapping a spot on the map. It's not 'near' Black Dagger Peak because nothing really is--the enormous mountain range would take days on horseback to even reach the foot--but the spot is roughly between the peak and the city. The area is about a day's walk into the forest from the road; soldiers normally wouldn't delve that far into the Silverwoods, but small scouting teams travel away from the road in attempts to discover bandit camp positions.

Glen knows that the heavily wooded terrain is likely the only reason archers didn't claim more lives as the scouts fled--they almost certainly didn't have a clean line of sight in which to shoot.
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31Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:19 pm

Glen folds his arms, studying the map carefully and quietly for a few moments.

"Well. A new tactician working with the bandits, and right in the area where we are expecting the ransom handoff. The simplest solution is often the best - it appears that the Redfangs are working with the bandits. I'm not totally sure how we can use this information to our advantage, but more information is always better than less."

He turns back to Dolores and Jarek. "Ma'am, I don't want to take too much more of your time, but I did have one other thing." Glen takes out from his pack a metal symbol, an eight-pointed stars in a silver alloy. The symbol contains a stylized golden L, bisected by a sapphire chip. "Commissioner Rivvers gave us each one of thes. He told us it will get us in to see Captain Callahan, if we need to. Do you think he might have information that would be useful to us? He oversaw the initial investigation, so he might be able to tell us more about that - but do you know of anything else?"
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32Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 pm

She gives a long whistle at the sight of the token. "That's one of Commissioner Rivvers', all right. Gave you one? That's quite a display of trust that you won't flash it around without cause."

Puffing her cheeks, she considers the question. "I... don't know, to be honest. The army doesn't interfere with the city guard, nor vice versa. I guess it might be helpful to know what they've done so you don't end up retracing their steps?"
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33Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:50 pm

Glen nods. "Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Thanks." He looks over at Jarek. "Did you have anything you wanted to discuss with the vice-captain, Jarek? Or, ma'am, did you have anything else for us? If not, we'll gladly get out of your hair and leave you to your work."
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34Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:00 pm

Jarek scratches the back of his head uncomfortably.  He's got no standing by which to be in here and the discussion about smoke tactics and forest archers confirms that he's in uncharted waters--bandits and pirates probably don't go for the kinds of law-bound sparring that honours Kord.  Still, it nags at him, so better to ask even if it's a foolish question.

"I don't know kidnapping but--was it really smart for them to steal her right out of the tower?  All that climbing and sneaking, plus the kinds of spells they must have to ward off thieves.  Wouldn't it have made more sense for them to just grab her on the street or something?  Why would the kidnapper risk it?"  He shrugs, as if this question might just be rhetorical if they don't think it's worth time to address.

"Also, I suppose I was thinking about the woods out that far from the city--I know there are patrols like you said, but is there anybody else keeping an eye out there?  I don't know the, uh, jurisdictions of druidic circles.  I suppose we should ask around the temples for that, but I thought maybe you have names."

They killed scouts.  Maybe these bandits had nothing to do with Korogur directly, but that was a little too close and a little too recent, and the reality of the danger sinks in a little more for Jarek.  They're dealing with murderers here, worse than wild beasts because beasts rarely hold grudges and predators don't pick fights just for the thrill of it.  Apart from the mongoose.  And crows.  And--well anyway, Jarek would far prefer beasts.  What kinds of vulnerabilities would a pack of bandits have?  With animals, the weak points were the exiles, the runts and stragglers...

"Unless you've got some bandits or pirates imprisoned in the city that might talk to us, for whatever reason, I don't know what else to say.  You've been very helpful already.  I wouldn't want to impose longer than we have to."
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35Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:53 am

Dolores shakes her head. "Mr Riptide, you're not unduly taking my time. That goes for you too, Glen. The army may concern itself with external threats, but as a citizen of Brilight I care as much as anyone that Laerdya Siannodel get her daughter back. Lives hang in the balance."

Leaning back in her chair, she temples her fingers. "I agree the tower angle is brazen. I can't imagine what spells are on the tower, but you would think there should be something. Were the mages really so confident that no one would climb five stories to cause mischief?" A rare wry smile flits over her face. "Though admittedly most wizards I've known were not interested in lifting weights."

Returning to the topic of the forest, she shakes her head. "Most druids in Brilight specialize in avian or aquatic life," she explains. "With the occasional dabbler in domesticated work beasts. For sylvan specialists, we'd need to send word to the druid circle in Darkwater--that's the garrison where we hand off civilians on their way to Jewelness. It might be worth talking to them, though. We have an excursion scheduled in two days; if you want to scribe a message to the druids, I'll have one of our soldiers carry it."

At the last question, she frowns and looks thoughtful. "I don't have any pirates, though you might check with Captain Callahan of the City Guard; he would be the one picking them up off the streets. But I think Second Division brought back a bandit captive a few days ago. I remember seeing a report. I can't see why I couldn't arrange an interview--I'll need to fill out some forms and send them up the chain, but shouldn't take long. Can you come back tomorrow?"
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36Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:17 pm

Glen considers Jarek's first question and Dolores' response for a moment. "This may be something to discuss with Laerdya. Perhaps grabbing her on the street was more difficult? She may have been under guard or at least escort at all times, other than when she was alone in her room. Or perhaps the sheer audacity of taking her from the tower is meant to be frightening, in and of itself. No one is safe if a child can be stolen from her bed mere feet from the Commissioner of the Feytower's chambers."

"As to the druids, maybe a warning along with a question? They should know that there are dangerous new players in their forests - although I doubt they are entirely unaware of that. But yes, it would be good to ask them if they have seen or heard anything new or different. Their answer probably will not get to us in time to act on it, but it's still worth trying."

"I am meeting some others to discuss courses of action tonight - which you are welcome to join if you like, Jarek - but I believe I should be able to come back then. What about you, Jarek?
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37Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:00 pm

Jarek draws himself up to something vaguely impersonating a soldier at attention.  It feels like The Way to stand when they both look at him.

"Thimb's going to be at that meeting tonight, yeah?  Probably safest if we're not always seen in the same places.  Might be I'll take the chance to ask my family what they've heard about the pirates lately, like I said I would.  And I should check on the chimeras again, all this running in and out is--ah, and if there are any druids in Brilight who could have heard something from outside, maybe I can find them through the temple of Obad-Hai."  He pushes up the side of his poncho to reveal his tattoo.  "It's a long shot, but this is the time for long shots, right?  And I'll feel better about this job after some serious praying anyway."

He bows slightly toward Dolores.  "I'll be glad to return when you've wrangled this prisoner.  That'll give us time to sort out how to shake 'em down, yeah?  I can loom pretty well but we might want someone who's got a little more guile to join in.  Can you ask the others tonight, Glen?  And if anyone's looking for backup with other leads in the morning, they can let Thimb know and I'll be there."
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38Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:22 pm

Glen nods. "That's a great idea - I wouldn't be at all surprised if any druids had representation at the temple of Obad-Hai." The symbol of Glen's own god, tattooed on Jarek's arm, warms his heart. "And if it helps you focus and center yourself, all the better. And good point about not being seen all together too often - even if you and Thimb are related."

"And yes, I'll ask the others if anyone would like to help with interrogating the prisoner or prisoners. Anything else we need to get to you, I'll send through Thimb, as you suggest.

At Jarek's bow, Glen stands up and claps a hand over his heart once again. "Ma'am, thank you so much for taking the time. We'll see you tomorrow. Midday?"
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39Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) - Page 2 Empty Re: Reporting In (Glen, Jarek, Dolores) on Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:57 pm

"Wait a moment," Dolores says, rising to find something in her stack of papers. Eventually she hands over several sheets of clean parchment and ink pens, handing them to both men. "For writing your message to the forest druids," she explains. "Once you have something you're happy with, seal it and put it in my or Lieutenant Esthir's hands. No one will see it, save your intended recipient."

Nodding to them both, she adds, "Be safe out there, the both of you. And, Mr Riptide, do come see me if you're ever interested in signing up. I can get you a good starting rate."
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