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The Paladin’s Secret - A Play By Forum game of The Burning Wheel

Literally the only time I’ve ever used it.

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@discobot quote

:left_speech_bubble: However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? — Buddha

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Tell us what happens, was it your previous failed roll affecting this?

Simon fails his indulgent roll!

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Whilst drinking with the sailors and longshoremen, Simon takes one ale too many, and he soon loses track of the time…


Next up, Jarek, you are staking out the recommendations. Jarek tell us how you go about this and what information you are hoping to gain.

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Jarek scans the docks and is amazed at the amount of goods changing hands here. With all of the things to look at, he is easily distracted. His footing on the docks is not as sure as Aulexis’s and certainly not as sure as the young orc’s. He falls behind the group slightly. Betchleigh clearly recognizes Aulexis’s natural authority and deals primarily with her. At first Jarek tries to keep up, but as he’s moving through the crowds he over hears a group of young orc guides talking about a ship that is carrying salt. He slows his step and continues to listen.It’s a good thing no one ever thinks, I’m in charge. Lately, Jarek has been feeling his lack of an intimidating posture. It’s not always a disadvantage.

“If they miss the tide tomorrow, they might as well toss their other goods into the sea.”

Jarek tries to blend in as much as possible and not make it obvious that he’s eavesdropping. While trying to not draw attention to himself, Jarek is paying attention for any clues about where this ship is located or who the captain is, or if the orcs information is different than their guide’s/

(Can I use inconspicuous and authoritywise in my roll?)


Perfect! :smiley:

That is definitely an inconspicuous roll, given the bustle of the floating market, it is relatively easy to eavesdrop and not be seen, so this is an Ob2 roll. On a success, you will overhear useful information, and the additional option is why you will grant Aulexis the bonus die, however on a failure, the information is not so useful but in addition, you now have a salt buying competitor in the market, which is why she will face an additional Ob!

You can FoRK in Authority-wise, but unfortunately due to Simon’s failure, the difficulty is increased by 1, to Ob3 - the new buyer is the crew of the boat that Simon was drinking with, they decided to try to buy up the salt currently for sale after drinking with him so they can sell it for a huge markup!


Warran at first keeps an eye on everyone, trying to avoid them from being separated on the busy shifting docks and to keep up with the young Orc. After a period of time he notices Jarek is lagging behind, he thinks about calling out at the young lad to ‘keep up’, but stops himself, focusing his attention on Betchleigh and the path the orc is leading them on.

He thinks to himself: Perhaps Jarek is not keeping up on purpose… Maybe he is on to something. It seems like we are always trying to keep him in line when maybe we are preventing him from finding out what he is really good at. I think I will leave him be for the moment… If he needs help, he will call on us.

(At first I thought I could supply some sort of help or assistance, but upon reflection, I am not sure I am able to… But anyway, some nice RP to go along with the situation.)

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You can’t provide a helping die without the inconspicuous skill yourself, or a skill that can FoRK into inconspicuous - for example if you had conspicuous, you might provide a distraction if you see that Jarek is about to be discovered.


Jarek’s Roll

4d6: 1 + 1 + 2 + 6 = 10

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((All or nothing on the last roll then!))


Bad luck Jarek! It seems your rival salt purchasers are keeping watch for signs that you have rumbled their plan and wave cheerily at you as they plot to profit off your lack of knowledge of the docks. Aulexis, tell us how you go about your final preparations with your chosen captain.

Aulexis becomes more and more serious the closer that they get to the salt trader. This is the first mission that she’s undertaking for the Paladin, and she’s anxious that it goes well. She seems to gain an inch in height, as her captain’s posture returns and her gaze becomes a steel blade.
When they board the salt ship, she’s fully in her element. “We’re on business from Paladin Conchubhar.” She announces with a imperious tone. “100 barrels of salt. Your captain, if you please.” She directs this towards one she recognizes as the Bo’sun.

She leverages all of her persuasive powers, the grace of her appearance juxtaposed with the authority that she projects (now under the auspices of a world-wide hero), it’s not so much that she tries to bargain for the salt, so much as demands it.

(she’ll fork in command, drop dead gorgeous and authoritative to her roll to negotiate 100 barrels of salt to be delivered to the Paladin.)


The Captain of The Unfortunate Conflict of Evidence, an Elven ‘definitely not a pirate’ legitimate trade vessel moves across the deck like a serpent that has seen a mouse, and shows no surprise at Aulexis’ presence. “What can we do for you today?” he purrs.

(( Your roll is against your command, and I’ll give you advantage from your background, yes to FoRKing in drop dead gorgeous, and yes to authorative too. The Ob would have been Ob3, but for the last roll’s failure, it is now against Ob4. Succeed and you will secure the salt, and a lift back to the Paladin’s castle to ensure the deal is not misrepresented. Fail and the Captain will make sure he bumps into enough salt traders on the high seas to legitimately secure the required salt, it will be delivered the next time he is in the area, in 2d6 weeks. Remember, you have your full compliment of players to offer help if they are able too, so let’s get everyone in on the roll if possible! ))

(( On the “Are we trading stolen goods” question, almost certainly not, Pirates tend to only conduct one or two bad runs a year, the rest of the time they trade legitimately, and use this to gather intelligence. There is always the chance that you are not recieving honest goods, but pirates rarely go out to risk their lives for salt, valuable as it is, there are better cargos to target ))

(I can see no skill I have I could fork in. Shipwise? I would able to quickly see through any nautical flim flam as to why the cargo might take 12 weeks.)

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It’s got to FoRK into command, which shipwise could in this situation, give me some very convincing rp and the answer is yes!

((Kaelin’s got plenty of skills that could be relevant, but struggling to parse the command part. Are we essentially ordering them to deliver the salt, rather than bartering for a price?))

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(Assumingthat Jarek can catch up to them, can authority wise work?)

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