Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Larenil » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:13 pm

He draws nearer and finds an emaciated man shivering, laying up against the wall of the barn. Despite the weather being pleasant, he seems to be sweating profusely and freezing. Sterling has seen this before in injured men sick with fever on the battlefield, but this man has no apparent injuries. His clothes seem passable, if somewhat dirty, and he does not appear to be a beggar. He is unaware of Sterling's approach and lays with his eyes closed.
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Lord Foul » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:58 pm

Sterling approaches silently (without his armour his magic boots make him unnaturally quiet) and crouches down near the man but out of easy reach.

"Are you injured?" he says, softly but loud enough to be clearly heard. :eh:
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Larenil » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:12 pm

The man does not seem to respond. Sterling gets the idea that the man may be sick or have some disease.
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Lord Foul » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:58 am

Sterling stands up and calls out:

"Marlin! Kor! There's a sick man here. Come and take a look. Maybe you can help him."

He resists the urge to pick the man up and carry him, in case he has something contagious that might be passed on through contact.
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Larenil » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:37 pm

Sterling avoids touching the man so he does not get any diseases. Devia and Arienne, with Kor and Marlin, head over as well.

Once everyone is gathered, Devia shakes her head. "He's not sick. I've seen this before. He's suffering withdrawal."
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Lord Foul » Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:37 pm

"Withdrawal? What's that?" asks Sterling. "Is it catching?" :eh:
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Larenil » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:04 pm

"Some sort of powerful drugs," Devia says. She looks at Marlin. "Anyone who has been in a big city like Torander's Bluff has seen this. Some of the really nasty drugs, usually the ones that come from the poppy flower or are enhanced with magic, can cause this sort of effect when someone quits taking the drugs. It's not contagious, so you can grab him if you want, but there's nothing you can do for him."

She looks around, out over the fields. "It's odd, though. This isn't exactly a big city with illicit drugs floating around. I don't see any poppy fields either." She takes a moment and casts a spell. "Hmm. No magic residuals on him either, so it's probably non-magical drugs." She seems confused for a moment. "I wonder..." she looks around the barn. "Let's have a look inside this barn."
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Clear Ix » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:33 pm

To Sterling, "Have you ever known a man who just couldn't live without his drink? He goes too long and gets a tremor in his hand, more useless than normal? That's just a taste of the hurt this poor fellow is going through. Drugs become like water to these folks. Too much, and they die. Too little, they die. And, for them, there's no way to live without it.
"Seems we've got some interesting trade and/or production enterprises afoot in these parts. Ones folks will likely kill to keep secret.
"Blast if I don't have an itch to delve deeper into this." At this, he shoots Devia a devilish grin.

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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Lord Foul » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:47 am

Sterling listens to the explanation, his thoughts turning to Iygus and his drink problem. Yes, Sterling can understand the kind of things that can turn a man to seek escape in the dulling of the senses that strong drink or stronger drugs can bring. He's never actually seen anything quite like this before, though. He silently gives thanks that he himself has never been tempted to seek such solace; having chosen instead the path of vengeance and retribution. :think:

"Are such things illegal here?" he wonders aloud. "We should tread carefully before meddling in somebody's legitimate business. If it is against the law, though... well, let's see shall we?" :eh:
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Re: Ashen Shores (IC Thread)

Postby Larenil » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:10 pm

Devia shrugs. "We should ask. Usually making or selling poppy-based drugs is illegal, but using them sometimes isn't. Of course, it's all legal in Hild. We'd have to ask around here to see what the laws are." She looks around, and finds a couple of loose boards near the edge of the barn. "C'mon, I'm going to have a look inside," she says, and disappears into the barn.
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