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 Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]

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PostSubject: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:36 pm

Aright, we's back in fuggen business. Been just about almost too damn long but I know the score, might'swell get back in the swing a things. Really takes me back I tell ya, just like my adventurin' days. 'Bout a whole... couple'a weeks? Feels like it's been years. But I know the score an' what needs doin', ya wanna get anywhere ya gotta start establishin' a rep, get some power in yer corner there. Best way to do that is somethin' I already done, an' that's a favor to the city. Didn't think it was gonna turn out like that but if'n these jagoffs is gonna hail me as a hero I'll take that to the fuggen bank. Not lookin' fer no hero's work'er maybe I is, gonna have to see about it, but either way this is what I do, son. Can't escape yer roots, no matter how hard ya try they's always gonna be there for ya, good're bad. An' my roots is in adventurin', which means talkin' to the mayor an' getting' favors.

I head up to the Top Ward where she supposed to be. Fancier'n fuggen silk doilies I tells ya. Everythin's shiny'n looks brand spankin' new, pleasin' to the eye, folks here're dressed to the nines... An' I fuggen ain't. I still look like the shit smearin' gob I happen to be. So's I'm gettin' looks left'n right, sneers, fuggen whispers. To the Hells with all these hoity toity sharp-dressin' teeth-brushin' candy ass motherfuckers. Bet none of'em ever so much even heard'a the hard life let alone lived it. People like that ain't got my respect, not a gods damned lick of it. I ain't pay'em much mind, just hate the fuggoutta'em. Not like I ain't been here b'fore. Ya get used to it when yer a damn goblin, second-class citizen no matter where ya go I tells ya, even 'round other goblins cuz we all know what piles a steamin' shit we are. Ain't here fer them anyhow, here fer the Mayor.

S'hard gettin' around up here when ya can't read like I can't. Maps is useful a bit but I can't tell the street names, gotta go by the pictures up on them signs. Even then I gotta ask fer directions once'er twice, like pullin' goddamn teeth there. Everyone I talk to ignores me're gimme lip, s'fuggen uncalled for. Wanna tell'im if I wanted lip I'd visit the whorehouse'n see their mommas but I don't since I done that b'fore, usually ends with gettin' mah ribs kicked by the guards. Speakin' a which they's givin' me a hard time too. Tried talkin' to a few, told'em what I'm doin', they wanna know why. I said motherfucker ain't none'a yer goddamn business, goin' to see the Mayor to go see the goddamn Mayor an' it ain't get me nothin'. 'Cept followed. They think I ain't noticed'em but I know when I got a tail, somethin' ya learn from bein' a thief. Fuggem, let'em follow. They can follow me all the way to the damn Mayor's office, ain't no green off my ass.

But I get there eventually. Woulda been faster were I been able to ask people'n get a straight answer. Buncha fuggen bigotted assholes I tells ya. Reminds me a elves. Fuggen tree lovin' knife ears. I waltz in, ain't no one watchin' outside a the place that I can tell. S'a public office, guards ain't here. Gotta have some inside though. Place looks just as fancy on the inside as it do on the out. They got carpet on the floor, ain't even rugs. That gotta cost a good amount'a gold there. Heaven on my fuggen bunions I tell ya. But I ain't here to rub my toes on the carpet like some kinda loon, here to get work done. I come up to the front desk there an' announce my intentions. Take my hood off to be friendly. Ah I ain't gonna lie to ya like that, take my damn hood off so I don't catch an arrow in the back from some dumbass guardsman thinkin' I'm up to no good.
"'Scuse me, here to see the Mayor. Ain't got no appointment. Name's fuggen Grubby, she'll know who I is." Itches my skin too, she knowin' who I is. I ain't know this lady from my left asscheek, rogue can't be runnin' 'round gettin' no reputation now.

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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:00 pm

To say Grubby stood out like a soar, green, foul mouthed thumb would be a gross understatement. He was about as far from the standard Top Ward citizen as one could get. Looks and barely hidden whispers would be the least of this worries as some would simply point and laugh at the small green rag man. Some even opted to toss Grubby a few VC out of good will and pity. However, a select few would instead look at the small man not with disgust or worry, but with a slight sense of aw, their whispers were not hidden with shame but with contained excitement. For, it seemed that after the events of Gaia's attack on Junction, the old goblin had, to some, become a hero and savior. As had all the Seekers.

However, to the creature behind the reception desk at city hall, this title of champion was apparently not all that impressive. The creature itself seemed to be an abyssal of some sort. A long slender blue body coated in sleek shiny smooth skin, at least the parts that weren't covered in business formal wear, several limbs of indeterminate length and use each resembling a tentacle ending in a ten figured hand. Each of these hands typed away at one of several computers or signed some sort of document before filing it away. "One moment please sir...Could you please provide for me you Citizen's ID?" where the obviously feminine and young voice came from would be another mystery as the creature didn't quite have a head, more a single black sphere floating a few inches from the mound of limbs.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:22 pm

Doesn't matter where y'are, some things never change. Rich motherfuckers always gotta be gapin' assholes is one. Can't remember where ya come from if'n ya never been there, an' I'd say I ain't hold it against'em but I sure as fuggen Azmodeus is evil do. Can't say I ain't say nothin' either. Can't resist makin' a couple'a comments as I make my way, gotta show'em they ain't as hot shit as they think they is. Just some insults here're there, nothin' threatenin', just insultin'.
"They hell're ya laughin' at? Catch a glimpse at yer pecker didja?"
"Oh thank you gracious sir! I might be able to eat this year!"
"Couple more'a them coins an' ya might be able to afford the full package there, hot stuff."
I ain't need their fuggen charity, pisses me the fuggoff more'n the laughin' does. I'm a workin' man, I earn mah keep. Not like these ruffle-necked pissants know what that means.

Least the business-minded one's stick to ignorin' me, I ain't catch a lotta shit when I step inside. Thing talkin' to me looks like somethin' I seen b'fore, like a fuggen... Grell without the beak. Didn't know they could be anythin' other than fuggen terrifyin'. Good on'em. Hot damn there's a lotta freaky ass things in this damn place, but it ain't sway me none. I ain't scared'a nothin', ya hear? Seen to many damn things to get scared, fear kinda just doesn't happen no more after yer second Gibberin' Mouther.
"Can't just take my word fer it, can ya...?" I says, diggin' in my satchel an' tossin' that rubbery bark thing I got on the desk. Not like I'm gonna read it to... I'm callin' it a her, sounds like a her. Not like I'm fuggen readin' it to'er. Not like I could if'n I wanted to. S'fice to say there can't be too many damn goblins runnin' 'round by the name a Grubby but I ain't in no place to be a wise ass if I wanna keep the same number a holes I walked in with.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:22 pm

"Thank you sir." The creature would take Grubby's ID in on of it's many free hands and inspect it briefly while entering his citizen ID number in with another hand. All the while giving itself a manicure, solving this morning's paper's Sudoku, and responding to a message on it's personal CWIS terminal. "It's just a precaution sir, you never know what kind of people might wonder in off the street wanting to meet with Lady Annabelle. With over ten documented species with shape shifting capabilities it never hurts to be careful." The young voiced creature would continue typing away for a moment before handing the card back to Grubby and motioning to a small waiting area. "Lady Annabelle has been expecting your visit for some time Mr.Grubby, please take a seat and we'll call you once she's ready to see you."

For the next twenty minutes, Grubby would have to entertain himself.

Luckily for him and for everyone who's reading this, complimentary reading material was provided.

It even had pictures for those less literately gifted.




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After what would surely be an interesting twenty minutes for the other half a dozen or so people in the waiting room, Grubby's name would be called by the receptionist. She would direct him to the third elevator on the right at the end of the hall. It would take him directly to the top floor and to Annabelle's Office. Should Grubby be able to figure out how Elevators work, he would soon be face to face with a long hallway which, at the end, stood an impressive oaken double door.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:43 pm

I take my card back, stuff it in my satchel there.



"I hear ya there. Freaks're copper fer the silver 'round these parts."

I wipe my hand on my cloth when I'm done. Don't know where that damn thing's been, place's fuggen runnin' wild with weirdos. Now, I'm gonna be honest, if I'm the most normal motherfucker in the room? I'm in the wrong fuggen room. Place's been a trip to the damned zoo ever since I got here, an' I'm fuggen tolerant. 'Cept against the gnomes. An' the drow. An' the duergar. An' other goblins, y'know what, buncha these walkin' crap bags piss me the fuggoff but I'm equal opportunity ya understand? See'em all in the Nine Hells, that's what I say. But that ain't important right now.

Important thing's how people keep fuggen knowin' who I happen to be. This ain't happen back in the Prime, I ain't known fer shovelin' elephant shit'n my crew won a war one time. Technically. Alabastor killed the general in single combat causin' confusion'n the ranks an' gettin' the win so I'm fuggen countin' it. Big notch in my belt, that one. Had a grand ol' time sneakin' nightshade into the ale barrels to make the army fight like lepers with diarrhea. S'my idea a course. Ya always go after the ale, kills morale. If ya can't get a drink they fugg'you doin' there 'sides waitin' to hug a sword pointy end first? Anyways I got a couple'a questions a my own, 'sposin' she's got some a hers too. Fine'n dandy with me, so long as I lay down the score now. That's what this 'lil meet'n greet's all about.

So's I go'n grab a seat. I wait. An' wait. An' wait- don't this woman know I'm old fer cryin' out loud?! I could keel over'n this room right here right now I tell ya. Ain't got too many a them minutes left, sure as shit don't wanna waste'em sittin' here feelin' my ass go numb. I try to keep meself busy, borin' as shit in here. I ain't like sittin' 'round not doin' a gatdamn thing, rubs my fuggen skin raw it does. I pick my nails fer a few. Then I pick my toenails. Soon I ain't got no nails left to pick so I look at the book there. Buncha fuggen gobbledy gook, I ain't never need no readin'. People think ya do but I get on just fine without it an' I'm too damn old to start learnin' new things. Don't know why I'm wastin' my time- the fuggare people doin' with them punkins?

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....no no, ya got the flesh golem all wrong! They ain't ALL got bolts'n their necks, that ain't how it works! S'a fuggen... fashion statement? An' that kid's got the feet still on'is cougar pelt, what's the world comin' to ya wear a cougar pelt'n don't know how to skin it? World's fillin' up with psychopaths fer fuggen Azmodeus's sake. But my time's up, an' not the bad kinda my time's up so I get my ass movin'. Gotta jump fer the button on the liftamadoohicky there, gotta say these things is convenient as all get out. My wrinkly ass ain't walkin' more'n ten flights a stairs, might s'well get a damn catapult fer that dumb shit.

I come out to the usual. Bigass doors. Big important people got a thing fer big ass doors they do, s'like somethin' they gotta have. Like warlocks'n brooches or wizards'n cloaks're gnomes'n brain damage. I stroll down the hall swingin' my arms, takin' it easy. I keep my ears open'n eyes to the floor fer shifts in the carpet, s'good way to hide a pressure plate. Ain't expectin' none but it sneaks up on ya when ya don't account fer it. But I get there just fine, take my fist'n bang loud on the wood three times.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:50 pm

“The door is open, please enter.”

From inside a curt, professional voice rang through. Should grubby follow the voices advice and try the door he would find it opened inwards and into a rather surprisingly small office with a small oaken desk and several bookshelves. Seated at the desk, behind a typewriter busy at work, was Annabelle Golding, the same woman that Grubby would have seen projected in the skies above Permanence. She would look up from her work to the goblin in her doorway and smile gently before returning to her typing, nimble fingers dancing across the keys.


“Please, take a seat. I'm in the middle of a memo but I'm a fairly good multytasker.”

In front of the desk would be two fairly plush wooden chairs, each with leather cushions decorated with a gold leaf. Annabelle would wait for Grubby to be seated before continuing, this time not looking up from her work.“I would like to begin by personally thanking you for your service. While civilians doing the work of my police is not something that I take pride in, you seekers have proven very resourceful. In recognition of this gratitude, I'd be happy to assist your group as much as I am able. Within reason of course. So tell me, what is it that brings you in today?”
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:38 pm

I go on ahead an' stroll my happy ass inside, lettin' the door there drift shut behind me. Got a swanky office there but I ain't surprised. Mayor's office always gotta look good, somethin' that ain't ever change wherever ya go. Robbed a few of'em meself, hard as shit to pull off but it's always a good haul when ya do. 'Specially the paintin's, them's always fetch some gold an' they're easy to throw in a scroll case. If'n yer prepared ya can take as many as ya damn well please. A'course it's a human mayor but ain't like that's ever any diff'rnt. Gotta tell ya it takes me back from when I was doin' business the proper way.

I do as I'm told without sayin' nothin', ploppin' up on one'a them chairs there. Hot dayum, this is real leather too! When yer a rogue ya get an eye fer the finer things, leather bein' one in yer armor. Comfy ass fuggen chair too, s'like a cloud fer yer asscheeks. Might never wanna get up from here again I tell ya. But I got business to take care'a. I listen to'er say'er piece an' holy fuggen bologna this ain't never happen in all my days. Ya gots a mayor who knows what's fer! Normally we gotta have the paladin're the wizard convince'em but not her, nosir, she gets it straight outta the gate!
"Well hot diggity damn!" I says with a snap a my fingers,



"Ya been fuggen scryin' on me I tells ya, this just what I came here to ask fer!"

Makes my goddamn day right there! But I settle down, can't be taken fer a ride now. Gotta get down to business an' settle this here score.
"Aright, figure we oughta get down to brass tacks then. I'll tell ya a little about me an' what I'm expectin' an' expectin' to give an' we can hash out the particulars about it. So's I been in the business'a monster huntin' an' freak exterminatin' fer damn near 25 years now, s'fice to say I know a thing're two about a thing're two an' I'm damn good at what I do'er else I wouldn't be parkin' my ass in yer love seat right here. Got yerself some damn comfy chairs I gotta tell ya."

I fold my arms an' lean back a bit. Ain't meanin' to be rude now, but when yer negotiatin' ya can't show any give. Yer bargainin' with yerself there an' what yer promisin' to do, if ya get screwed then yer gonna have to stick to yer sword an' tough it out're face the consequences. I'll be agreein' fer work but on my own terms an' not a lick more.



"So this's pretty standard right here. Part'a what me'n my crew do is talk with the local leader'a the place an' try to get somethin' goin', some kinda support fer doin' work that needs doin'. Got me a new crew I'm startin' up now but I'll tell ya we ain't no townies, we know what we're doin' an' what's gotta be done. Not sayin' we's guards're should be carryin' the same authority but we's gonna need special privileges first of all. Sayin' certain jurisdictions shouldn't apply to us if'n we's gonna be doin' the stuff yer gonna be wantin' us doin'. Stuff like carryin' weapons in places that ain't neutral ground, can't tell ya how many damn times my crew's been hassled in the past fer havin' a sword on they're hip there. Then some evil motherfuckers attack an' people're dead, see what I'm sayin'? Places like this ya gotta expect it, I ain't take nothin' in here fer damn sure. I'm dumb, not fuggen stupid an' I got this hobby called 'livin'' I gotta do tomorrow but we can't do nothin' fer ya in a holdin' cell cuz one'a yer guards got a hair up'is ass."

So's I didn't bring nuthin' but I ain't speakin' the whole truth here. Always got my knife on me, even if it ain't on me know what I mean? Now I didn't bring it but I can summon the damn thing at will. Always good to be armed, ya never know when yer gonna have to put holes in guts. But I got more shit to offer an' more things to figure out, so I lick my lips an' keep talkin'.
"So's what I'm offerin' a me'n my crew's special talents to do the work that falls outside the line'a jurisdiction that y'all have're somethin' ya can't put people on fer reasons. Now, all I can promise is meself an' I'll get others but they ain't like yer guards, they'll do what they wanna an' I can't stop'em but they can be some helpin' hands if'n the incentives good enough. What we ain't gonna be is yer men, under no circumstances is we gonna be ordered to a gatdamn thing, ain't mean to be rude but I dealt with people what wanna take us fer granted an' think we's bein' part a the organization an' that's not how I've operated my whole damn life now. How we, me included, tend to work is ya offer somethin' what needs to be done an' some incentive to go do it, we ain't do it you ain't gotta cough up the reward. Contractin' out jobs now, y'see? Makes things a whole lot easier, gives us freedom'n makes damn sure ya get yer money's worth since yer payin' fer a job complete."

I sniff'n run my thumb on my nose a bit, startin' to get winded from all this damn talkin'. I lower my tone a bit, don't wanna sound too demandin'.
"Now all we'd be expectin' is priv'lege, info, an' compensation time to time. Nothin' crazy, but if'n yer gonna be doin' this fer a livin' ya gotta front operatin' costs somehow an' get paid fer yer time, otherwise I'd work at a bakery're some shit'n get paid better without riskin' my neck. Might ask fer assistance from the guard on certain things're what ya know about certain stuff pertainin' to the job, maybe stuff outside'a it fer a better understandin'. An' the priv'lege part, like walkin' the streets under arms're goin' in places the guard got blockaded from the regular folk. What we ain't gonna ask is to do somethin' outside'a yer jurisdiction 'lessin' it's gonna end up in people dead. You ain't askin' that from us, we ain't askin' that a you. Easy greasy."

I sit back in the chair there, done this plenty times before, had to give this same pitch're hear it done many a time. All part'a doin' the job, ya gotta state what yer expectin' an' what yer willin' to do'er ya don't take it. Ya'd be a damn fool to promise what ya can't deliver or ya'd be workin' fer peanuts, an' in this line'a work ya can't be settlin' fer less. Ain't make enough to buy the good shit yer gonna wind up with a lot more holes an' less limbs than when ya started.
"Hate to chew yer ear off but I gotta lay it all down, nice'n clean. Ya understand, looks like ya do this all the time, bettin' ya do." I finally quit my jaw-jackin' an' get ready to listen, it ain't no negotiatin' less the other side gets a say an' we can't get work done if the other side ain't willin' to speak their peace. Bettin' she's got concerns'er agreements there, maybe work if'n I get lucky but I ain't countin' on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:23 pm

“To be frank I had expected something more along the lines of a symbolic key to the city and a condo on top Ward, but I see that you're far more practical then that.”

Annabelle would listen to Grubby's pitch in total silence as she continued to type away at her typewriter, the soft clicking serving as a backdrop to Grubby's demands. Occasionally she would look up to meet the Goblin's eyes to show she was still engaged, listening, and absorbing the information that was being given to her. If she had any particular feelings towards any of the points Grubby had made, her expression did not betray it. Instead she seemed cool and calm as he went through his list of "suggestions" and only reacted when it had seemed his piece was finished. Upon this, Annabelle would stop her typing and sit back in her rather plush office chair and set her gaze squarely on the goblin, a small, oddly curt smile that was half between a smirk and a proud grin flashed across her face as she let the little green man's words settle between them.“It seems to me that you have ether been practicing this pitch in the mirror all morning, or you've done this before. You look like someone who's seen many a horror in your day, and I don't doubt that you are capable to handle not only yourself but your party quite well. However, to be asked to give you privileges that would put you above the law is a hefty. To just look the other way if you were to say... be carrying any illegally obtained or modified nodes.” Annabelle would shoot Grubby a knowing, but amused look as she slowly stood from her desk and moved to the large bay window on the back wall of her office.

“As you can surely guess, Seeker... Junciton is not a normal city. Within it are an uncountable number of species each with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Thus the law must be balanced as to not overly tax those whom it is made to protect... It's a juggling act millennia in the making, so precise that all it took to turn it on it's head was one man with his books and his Seekers.” Annabelle sighed and threw a small glance at the bookshelf on the right side of her room before turning her attention back to Grubby.

“I am not opposed to granting you and yours a special pardon to do whatever it is you Seekers need to in order to keep the peace... However, no power can be without it's balance... Understand?”
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:38 am

S'posin' I can't be surprise she happen to be, ain't every day an adventurer ain't try to get away with the lion's share. Lotta greedy motherfuckers out there, in it fer the fame an' fortune. Buncha pissant shitbabies if ya ask me. Ain't no one do it fer the good a the people no more, s'a fuggen dyin' ideal there. But as long as this ol' gob's kickin' he's gonna do it fer the job, just the way it's gonna be. I let'er speak after I'm done flexin' my damn gums, startin' to tell she ain't gonna be one'a the easier ones to work with. Not sayin' she's a bad lady but she ain't no pushover, an' these opinionated types always think they know better. Well I got new fer'em, by the time I'm sittin' in their office bringin' down the property value ya don't know fuggen shit no more, ya understand? Best let the professional do the heavy liftin' an' deep thinkin'. I sit back farther in the chair there'n fold my arms.



"Ya got that right human. Be a real cryin' shame if'n that could be proved."

Now I know she been scryin' on me, I'm dumb but I ain't fuggen stupid. She knows what I been doin', hope she knows I don't give a rat's furry asshole neither. Sometimes ya gotta throw yer stupid bullshit codes'n rules'n whatnot to the dogs if'n ya wanna do what's right an' what's gotta get done. Y'know, use some damn common sense once in a while but maybe I'm thinkin' too much. Can't fuggen have that fer damn sure, thinkin's dangerous ya hear? Speakin' a thinkin', ain't gonna acknowledge she been scryin' but I'm gonna keep an eye out. I either got stool pigeoned're I get caught, or she got a spell what's doin' it. Gonna figure out what's what an' find a way to get around gettin' known about. Worst thing ya can be is known, second thing is mortally wounded.

An' she knows the fuggen Warlock too. That's gonna be great there, got a chat to have with that jagoff. See'er look over to'er bookshelf there. Now there's an idea. Wonder how valuable them books'll be bein'? Might have some good shit in'em, gonna have to figure that out one'a these days. Thinkin' I'll start by rememberin' the layout a this place, makin' a map in my head there. Ya never know if I might be havin' to come back to steal one'a them books to find this magical motherfucker. I kick my legs up one o'er the other there.
"Yeah yeah,  y'ain't happy somethin' came in an' took a dump on yer perfect system. Figured ya'd be more keen on adaptin' then that from what ah seen. Ya roll with the punches're ya bite the fuggen dirt, s'way things are an' they ain't changin' any time soon."

I crack my neck from side to side, sounds like fuggen snappin' a bundle a twigs there.
"Laws is fuggen stupid when they ain't doin' no good anyhow. If it ain't servin' the people're protectin'em or bringin' justice there ain't a point to'em. When the chili hits the bowl s'better to come down to good ol' fashioned common sense there, an' sometimes that means breakin' the law fer a good reason like how we's talkin'. I know what yer sayin' there." I set up an' rest my hands on my knees, givin' my full attention there. Gotta stop tongue waggin' at some point.
"This a two-way street. I ain't askin' fer nothin' that ain't just some damn common sense. We ain't above the law, said we're not, an' I ain't expectin' to get my ass bailed outta the clink fer startin' no bar brawl an' I ain't expectin' special favors fer us to go 'round doin' what we please cuz ya fuggen like my face're nothin'. S'what we can do fer you, s'what I'm offerin' here." I put my fist to my chin fer a moment there. I got my smart moments, this is one of'em.
"An' it's startin' to sound to me like ya already got somethin' fer us, now ain't that right?"
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:32 pm

A small smile played on the mayor's lips as she listened to Grubs explanation of what exactly he was asking for. She would nod and listen politely, trying to keep a neutral expression as she did so. His was an interesting proposition, but not one she wasn't expecting at least some what. At the last bit of Grubby's part she would break her facade and chuckle slightly as she returned to her seat.“I can't help but feel a step behind in this conversation... Yes, I do have an idea in mind as for this countermeasure. However I'm not quite as far with it as you might think. As it is right now it's more of a request then anything else.”

Annabelle would take a moment to dig through her desk for what looked like a thin stack of papers shoved haphazardly into a file folder. The file would hardly make a sound as it was dropped onto the desk. “This is all the information we, as the Junction governing body, have on the phenomenon of the Secondary Mutation, the one that leads to the powers of the Seeker rather then simply mutating into a Corrupted. As you can see it is quite thin, and if I were to let you read through it you would find that it is quite lacking and mostly superficial. So far you have been able to guess my next points quite well... Therefor I think you may know where I'm going with this.”
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:32 pm

I cross one foot o'er the other, hunchin' forward to stretch my back a 'lil bit. Gotta say, s'kinda fuggen nice to work with a mayor what knows what they're dealin' with. Better'n workin' with greedy jackwagons or the spineless, clueless motherfuckers what can't find their asses with both hands an' an itch. I lighten up a 'lil bit since I got things goin' my way.
"Lotta people tell me I'm one'a them straight shootin' types, s'good fer gettin' a job done. An' ya can call me a bard cuz I take requests, if'n they're worth mah while." I watch as she takes a small tome an' tosses it on the desk there. I eyeball it fer a second but I go back to her. Can't fuggen read worth a damn, so's I guess I'm gonna have to play this by ear. I do the smart thing, shuttin' my damn face an' listenin'.

I get to thinkin' as she's talkin' an' I scratch the stubble on my chin a bit. Pretty damn hefty information there.
"So what yer tellin' me is yer thinkin' this all comes from the same place, s'at right? .....Eh, I'd believe it. Makes sense to me fer damn sure. Truth be told, none'a this shit's all that diff'rnt from where I come from. Ya got monsters an' ya got folks what can do great things beyond no mortal man, but that's about where that ends now. Ya can say 'magic' an' I'm gonna fuggen say it cuz then I ain't gotta explain nothin' else, betcha yer smarter on this than me anyhow." I roll my thumb over my knuckles on one hand to crack'em. Still ain't lookin' at that small tome there, ain't gonna do me no good. 'Sides, she said it was fuggen useless anyhow. I tell ya, ya ain't gotta read to know what yer doin', just gotta know what yer doin' in the first place.

"Ain't take a genius an' trust me, I ain't one. Figure yer gonna want to figure this shit out right here a'course. So's yer gonna want to study one'a them Seekers'er yer gonna want to know more about them Corrupted. Now I'm tellin' ya right now, I ain't lyin' down on no table fer dick an if'n anyone tries yer gonna lose a lot more'n my support if ya catch my meanin'," I says, givin' her the ultimatum. I ain't mean to be threatenin' but ya gotta draw a hard line somewhere and speak out the consequences a crossin' that line, this here be mine.
"I can ask my crew if they're up fer it, they might not give a rat's ass if'n it's nothin' too dangerous, just ain't gonna be me." I click my tongue once, rememberin' somethin' important. That witch down in the Slums there. Good place to start.
"Had that happen to me once, a witch down in the Slums. Put me in a box when I was tryin'a ask fer help with somethin', said she was studyin' me. Almost cut her damn throat open if'n the Warlock ain't stop the both'a us. If'n yer lookin' fer some info she'd be a good place to start. But that ain't what yer askin', I'm just an old man ramblin' here," I says.

I ain't dumb'n neither is she, she knows what I'm capable of an' I know 'xacly what she's askin' fer.
"So yer wantin' some Corrupted to look at ain'tcha? What're we talkin' here? Samples? Ya want a live one? Or ya wanna know what I know about'em? I'm gonna tell ya right now live one ain't gonna be easy even fer a seasoned crew. Playin' with fire right there. But I can tell ya 'lil bit about what I know, call it somethin' up front an' in good faith."
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:17 am

As Grubby recounted his encounter in the slums with the so called witch and warlock, Annabelle would seem somewhat confused for a moment, yet shake it off relatively quickly attributing it to the odd man's perception of Junction as a whole. Everyone used a different coping mechanism to understand the odd city and it's properties, who was she to judge his. However how he described the encounter was, if nothing else, very interesting. “Shame, I had hoped you would be more cooperative with your abilities. If we were able to discover the source of a Seeker's strange abilities, perhaps we could mass produce it. You of all people should understand the benefit of a strong guard, one capable of stopping an issue before it becomes a problem. Had we been equipped with the power you Seekers display during the night of the Failed Jump, perhaps we would not have lost so many innocent lives...”

Annabelle scowled for a moment before continuing. “If you have an associate that would be willing to undergo a few tests it would be of great help to the city as a whole. As for the corrupted themselves, that is an issue we are currently looking into. Incapacitating and studying the corrupted, while proven difficult, is not impossible. Truthfully it is the Seekers we are more interested in at the moment. Primarily those with the power of... Oh what was it... Persona?”
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:52 am

Suck my teeth fer a moment there. Lady rubs me the wrong fuggen way. I sure as shit wouldn't be givin' these abilities to every walkin' jagoff that wants it, more importantly not just the ones at the top. That's how ya get a fuggen dictatorship. See, I'm a damn goblin. I'm one'a those issues to be stopped 'fore it 'comes a problem. Time honored tradition too, adventurers go goblin huntin' in their caves, in their homes. That's how I got the life I lived, cuz the ones that came fer my brood had heart. But the rest of'em? Deader'n a fuggen doornail. I'm the only survivor, outta pity no less. I accept that. So I know the evils to it. Ain't sayin' I can't see things from her position, the road to the Nine Hells is paved with good intentions. S'about protectin' yer people, but ultimate power unopposed corrupts. An' son, the guv'ment's scared'a us. Cuz they don't understand, an' I know fer a damn fact us magical motherfuckers are stronger'n a whole guard force on our lonesome. S'the balance a power there, the fragile peace. Ain't gonna delude myself that if'n me'n my crew weren't so useful we'd be gettin' controlled're disposed of.

But this ain't somethin' I ain't seen b'fore. I'm a member a the Thieves Guild here, jagoffs. This is standard operations I tell ya. Yeah... yeah I'll tell my fuggen crew aright. I'll tell'em who they can't be trustin' right away.

"Yeah, ya can say I'm acquainted with how the guard operate," I says, noddin' my head an' lickin' my chops, "But yer shit outta luck, not somethin' I'm gonna budge on. I can do anythin' with these two hands an' word'a mouth you'll be needin' but that's all yer gettin', just the hands an' the mouth. Can't have nothin' else, sorry but them's the breaks. I'll talk to my crew about it but I ain't gonna guarantee nothin'." Now that's how ya do business. Ya stick to yer sword, ya lay out what yer willin' to do an' what not, already told'er we's willin' to do work, we ain't test subjects. She's lookin' at us like an asset but fergettin' the people part'a the issue, an' brother that ain't gonna stand.

I lean forward a bit an' put a hand to my knee there. Looks like they ain't need help clearin' these beasties. 'Ceptin' they do, fer the practicality a the matter. Sure they can take one'er two, but like she said they can't stop'em from runnin' amok. That's where we come in, that's what I'm offerin'.
"Can't say I was there fer that," I says, "So I ain't know shit, what else is news? But I said I'd tell ya a bit about it, so's I figure I'm gonna. Yeah, tha's right, call'em Personers. They's pretty much a guardian spirit, come from somethin' inside'a yerself, like a... mmrrrmmm... manifestin' a yer spirit're some shit. Can't say I quite understand it, but that's what they is an' all of'em are diff'rnt. To use'em ya just gotta think about it, kinda like... hrrrrmmm... kinda like sorcery I'm bettin'. Takes grit'n powerful intent." I lean back in the chair, arch my back to get some kinks out. Comfy damn chairs but all this sittin's gonna make me lock mah damn back up.
"Got mine after runnin' into the Warlock fer the first time, after he tried to dick me over'n the tunnels ya got there. Fought me a bigass monster like any other fuggen Tuesday an' found some'a the black shit, sure ya know what it is an' what it does. An' that's about fuggen it. Just happened, can't explain it, ain't have it b'fore an' I ain't know why I got it. 'Fraid I got nothin' else fer ya." Now I ain't thinkin' it's gonna hurt to tell'er what I did. I ain't understand it, can't expect her to neither. Even if'n she does I got the leg up right now, an' it's I got one an' she don't. Fragile fuggen peace there, wonderful fuggen thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:43 pm

“A guardian spirit? How unexpectedly poetic.” Annabelle wanted to smirk as she sat back in her chair but felt her attempt at levity fall flat as Grubby described the Persona phenomenon. Frankly, the Spirit description sounded more and more likely when she compared what the odd green man was telling her with that little her scientists had been able to observe. A manifestation of one's inner will taking shape to stand by your side in combat. It certainly fit the bill of a Guardian spirit, even the naming nomenclature seemed fitting. A persona, the social mask one dons to protect themselves from the hazards of social interactions. An outside aspect of one's self used for defense. To turn that natural psychological reaction outwards for offensive purposes... Interesting.

“While I am disappointed in your choice, I will honor your decision to not participate in the research that could save the lives of every man, woman, smizmar, and child in Junction.” Annabelle paused for an exactly uncomfortable amount of time to ensure Grubby understood exactly what she meant by this. Her stare as cold as ten-thousand mothers who you haven't called in a month. “You keep mentioning a Warlock... Is this the person who grans the power of Persona?”
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PostSubject: Re: Highfalutin Convolutin' (Grubby & Mayor Annabelle) [NPC Thread]   Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:31 pm

"Is what it is I 'spose. Poetic're not it's some kinda magic, figure ya got Mystra to thank fer that one. Or the fuggen elves, one'a the two," I says. Ain't about to tell'er I know some folks who can do some'a that there magic, 'prolly try to stick them on a table too. Now I know she got good intentions but so do I, an' I been known to kill fer mine. Sometimes what ya think is good can make ya do some pretty damn evil shit, diff'rnce 'tween the two a us is that mine ain't threaten the balance a society there. I ain't one who advocates givin' absolute power to anyone, more trouble than it's worth. That's how ya start wars. I should know, seen'em start that way.

She gimme a look. I know what that look means. I been on the recievin' end a that look many a time, I ain't fuggen budgin', not on this. I ain't gonna say nothin' neither, already said what I needed to say here. I glare at'er back to let'er know I'm fuggen serious here, slowly drummin' my chipped fingernails on my knee. Then she asks me 'bout the Warlock. Oh brother, I got me a lot to say about that rotten asshole.



"S'a good fer nothin' sumbitch is who he is! Gimme a whole damn lotta trouble fer shits'n fuggen grins! When I get my mitts on that jagoff I'm'ona wring his chicken shit neck til the head pops off!"

I lose my damn temper fer a second there, standin' up on the seat an' poundin' my fist on that there desk. I stay standin' fer a bit, but I sit down grumblin', crackin' my knuckles to spin down my cogs there. Now... this gonna take some thinkin'. Which I ain't good at so that's fuggen swell. If'n I tell'er what I know, all a what I know, she'll go after the Warlock herself. Now that's gonna help me take'im down but then she'll be gettin' what she wants an' better'n I can give. An' I ain't ferget what the Warlock tol' me 'bout this big fuggen thing comin'. Gatdamn eldritch motherfucker, makin' an old man choose 'tween the lesser a two evils. ....but I make my choice. I ain't gotta stick with it if it's the wrong one, I'll fuggen fix it meself if'n I gotta. Just gonna be damn hard, same else as anythin' I do.

".....'sposin' he might be..." I says, collectin' maself, "He was implyin' it fer damn sure, says we's doin' a job fer'im, the Seekers, but it ain't like nobody signed up. Says he's in some kinda fuggen... battle fer the fate'a everyone an' he's losin', this his last resort. To give jagoffs like me guardian spirits an' hope fer the best. Also says he's fuggen responsible fer a whole lotta death so I'm aimin' that yer fuggen problem here with the monsters is his fault since he brought it to yer fuggen doorstep. Ya wanna pin the safety a every man, woman'n child on somebody that's who ya do it to." Well the cat's outta the bag now. Figure this'll go a good way're the worst way, an' if'n it goes the worst way I'll still be around to set things straight. Warlock's made too many damn dumb choices already, ain't see much harm in givin'im the boot'n givin' it to someone else. We's the last chips, now if'n ya ain't go all in an' throw yer boots an' dagger on the table too yer a damn fool. Last deal's gotta count fer somethin'. But I been gettin' too serious.

"Figure ya might wanna talk to'em, with words're a sword I bet. Personally I wanna talk to that guy with the universal language of a kick in the fuggen groin fer dickin' me over like he did. Make of it what ya will, but if I'm handlin' this problem gonna do it my way. Tellin' ya right now."
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