IG Patrol Stories: How's your dodge?
March 9, 2018, 8 p.m.
Arx - Lower Boroughs - Crows Lane
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Crows Lane is a popular and well traveled street in the Lower Boroughs. There's several notable establishments and it's not terribly far from the docks. On this fine spring day, the sun is shining! People are out walking. Including one crotchety old lady, who's clutching a full purse to her chest as her grandson tries to talk to her. "Grandma, you should really have kept that silver in the bank." To which he gets: "NO! Soon the Pirate King is going to slaughter our whole fleet and then the nobles will steal ALL of the silver! I'm keeping ALL OF THIS SILVER UNDER MY MATTRESS." It takes approximately five minutes for a local thug to zero in on the pair. He dashes up, knocks the grandson unconscious and sprints away. The old woman is left behind screaming: "IRON GUARD! HELP! SOMEONE! INQUISITION! HE STOLE MY MONEY! HE KNOCKED NIVILLE OUT! HEEEEEEEEEELP!" Her voice is very loud and very ear piercing. "STOP THAT THIEF!!!"
Kenna's business here is completely unrelated to any guardish stuff, but she IS wearing her cloak with the sigil on it. So when she hears the call for IRON GUARD her head whips around. Without a second thought she tosses whatever plans brought her here and rushes to o'l Granny's side. "Dame...oh, okay." She's just gonna size up the situation and reach out to grab a random person, "YOU, go get more of the guard." And a second hand, "YOU, go get the healers. Now." WILL THEY LISTEN? Then Kenna turns towards the old woman FOCUSED and READY. "What direction did the attack go?" She at least SOUNDS more or less in control.
The thug is running! He's booking it! He's sprinting away! "HE WENT THAT WAY!" The old woman shrieks loudly. In theory those other people are doing something helpful and listening to Kenna.
Well Kenna can't wait all day while Mr. Bad. Guy runs his ass off, so she'll put her tust in the goodness of people and take off after the bad guy. "I //really// should spend more time keeping in trim," Kenna mutters before she chooses to put the breath back into running. RUN RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN~
He's running! He's also realizing that someone is in pursuit. Someone that's wearing the sigil of the Iron Guard on their cloak. He screams, "Oh fuck!" And quickly goes around a farmer's cart full of apples. He knocks it over. Apples go everywhere, filling up the streets and causing utter mayhem. Dex + Dodge at 15
Kenna checked luck + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 19 higher.
"//shhhiitttt//." Kenna renames that cart of apples as she dives into the middle of them. It's literally the luckiest thing she's ever done to get through them without falling and breaking something. One apple gets a firm boot right at the poor farmer and Kenna winces even as she breezes by the man, "I AM SO SORRY I WILL COME BACK TO HELP I SWEAR." Then focused on the man running again, "STOP. I AM GOING TO CATCH YOU. IT WILL BE EASIER IF I DON'T HAVE TO RUN AFTER YOU MORE." Is charm possible when yelling breathlessly?
"You're really cute but I need this silver so I can buy stuff!" The thug who just stole from a grandma yells over his shoulder to Kenna. He has the /nerve/ to smile roguishly at her! Seeing as how Kenna wasn't foiled by the apples he knocked into her path, he dives into a crowd of people with abandon. They're confused by the young man running through, so some people stop walking, other people move, others don't care! Some are waving their arms! dex + dodge at 15 but really dex this time
Kenna checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 15, rolling 10 higher.
"THANKS!" Kenna shouts back and manages a smile before ALL the people are in her way. "I'm sorry, sorry, sorry, I DID NOT MEAN TO TOUCH YOU THERE," as she dodges her way through the people. Once or twice she loses sight of the bad guy and does a bit of a hop-skip-jump to catch him again. "Look! I don't want to have to hurt you! Not //you// oh, bother, just //move//." Kenna is at least dogged in her pursuit.
And then... he's gone! But only because he turned down an alley. When Kenna rounds the corner, she can hear the sound of his feet echoing off the walls. The real question is, which way would be the best way to catch up with him? There are several other intersecting alleys. perception + streetwise at 15
Kenna checked perception + streetwise at difficulty 15, rolling 13 higher.
Kenna's next bounce up doesn't see him so she does the smart thing and ducks out of the crowd and stands herself on top of a crate. She's got this knack for looking at things and the nice dark allyway gets discarded - SAFETY FIRST, of the others..."That one. No smoke, probably no trash to leave footprints." Tossing herself off the crate she's in motion again, grabbing the side of the building to fling herself around it more quickly. "please be the one please be the one..." <-- Her mantra.
"No! Not again!" He shouts when he comes face to face with Kenna. He wheels quickly and starts down a more residential street, all the while clutching the heavy purse of silver to his chest. He's full out running still, except now he's shouting: "Help! The Iron Guard is after me! They want to throw me in the lower cells!!" Some people start poking their heads out of the apartments on the upper floors. There's sneering and jeering! Some people start to throw things down at Kenna. Like potted plants, books and other things that you don't want to hit you. luck + dodge at 20!
Kenna checked luck + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 10 higher.
Aneka, 3 Iron Guardsmen, Meeka arrive, following Merek.
Planchet, a young valet, 2 Grayson Guardsmen, Alejandra, a snowy white hound, 2 Iron Guardsmen arrive, following Ainsley.
"HE IS STEALING!" Kenna yells up as a pot comes oh so close to her head and she can feel the wind of it brush through her hair. She keeps one eye on the people up there and the other on the bad guy. A nice ripe fruit splatters and she ends up with fruit juices all over one leg of her pants as she continues chasing him. "IF YOU WOULD NOT STEAL AND SHANK PEOPLE I WOULDN'T CHASE YOU."
Yvain, Mora, Blair, Andret arrive, following Derovai.
Yvain have been dismissed.
Blair have been dismissed.
"I did not stab anyone!" The man clutching the purse of silver to his chest shouts over his shoulder. To the people throwing potted plants and books at Kenna from up high, "SEE! She said that I stabbed someone when I DID NOT! THE IRON GUARD IS OUT TO GET ME! HEEEEEELP!" At the moment, Kenna is in hot pursuit of a man who seems to have stolen a purse of silver. She's deftly avoided being hit by the falling objects, but they will absolutely throw the bars of soap, childrens toys, picture frames and whatever else at anyone who joins in. If you're going to start pursuing with Kenna: luck + dodge at 20 - Kenna is okay for this round.
Merek checked luck + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 13 higher.
Ainsley checked luck + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 20 higher.
Ainsley is rounding a corner on his patrol, pausing long enough to get an idea of what is going on since he hears ... well shouting. "Guard Whitehawk?" He calls toward her, but snaps into action, running after the man.
Merek comes onto the scene with quick-paced speed. He doesn't like to be in the Lowers, however his cloak is on and shows little but his smouldering gaze and full beard. He has none of his weapons out as he begins to chase the same man Kenna is, "You know, upsetting the Lowers is not generally our purview!" He then calls to the man, "Listen, you'll get caught with three of us on you, it's best that you stop, and we can get this situation settled quick!" he calls out in his earnest voice.
"//finally!//" Kenna mutters when OTHER PEOPLE appear to help with this. "He attacked a granny and her son and took her silver!" A nice succinct report as she keeps up the chase and dodges another flying fruit. "I AM TRYING TO HELP OKAY?~" That's for the assembled lowers people.
Merek checked composure at difficulty 15, rolling 4 lower.
"Not if I run faster!" The man might have been open to persuasion, if he didn't /absolutely/ commit the crime and was now brazenly trying to run away. As is the case in the lower boroughs, there's many crates and such laying around. He slows down long enough to pull a nice high stack of them down and causes boxes and their contents to go crashing down into the streets. A baby cries. Probably for an unrelated reason. Dex + dodge at 20
Merek checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 9 higher.
Kenna checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 0 higher.
Ainsley checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 20, rolling 37 higher.
"C'mon!" calls Ainsley after the man. "Just stop now and I'll make sure certain that you get off light." He leaps over a crate, and dodges around a box and calls after him, "Just stop and lets talk! Maybe I can help you."
Merek checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 50, rolling 6 lower.
Merek tries to take some spare rope to lasso towards the man, but doesn't manage to hit anything while he's weaving through all the thrown things. He then takes his time to shake his heads, upnodding to Kenna, "Flank'm," he ConLangs to her and Ainsley with a quick maneuver of a hand.
The baby crying may be unrelated but it snags Kenna's attention enough that when that stack of crates go down Kenna only manages to dodge by the skin of her teeth. "He smile once! But I don't think he //wants// to stop. Something about buying stuff?" Kenna fills Ainsley in as she keeps running after him. "What the - WHY ARE YOU THROWING ROPE MEREK?" Kenna is so very confused but keeps going. Just keep running, just keep running~
The man seems really perplexed when someone throws rope at him. "THEY'RE TRYING TO CATCH ME LIKE AN ANIMAL!" He shouts right before ducking into an alley and scaling a fence. He feels pretty secure on the other side of the divider ecause there's no way that someone could CLIMB it or figure out a quick route around it! He takes this moment to gloat and wave the silver around. "Too slow, Iron Guard! I'm going to enjoy my silver! Tell that chump that I punched in the face that his crooked nose will make him sexier!" Well, that's weird. Perception + streetwise @ 20 to find another path, dex + athletics @ 20 to climb over, a social roll of something at 50 to try and talk him down, but this guy really isn't interested in being talked down. I swear there's an end to the rolls of dodges and such though. XD
Kenna checked perception + streetwise at difficulty 20, rolling 17 higher.
Merek checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 7 higher.
Ainsley has rolled a critical success!
Ainsley checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 20, rolling 166 higher.
Merek reaches where the fence is at, and takes a clean leap towards it, as he allows his clawed gloves to shift his balance so he can climb for the time being.
"HIS MOTHER WILL STILL LOVE HIM." Despite her skill at dodging things so far there's NO WAY Kenna's going to try that fence. Instead she darts along the fence a few paces before THERE. A nice hole in the fence. Her clothes will be garbage after this chase but her cloak is good? A good hip wiggle and she's up on her feet again coming at him from a different angle from the other two.
A fence? Ha! ...it's strange Ainsley doesn't even seem to think about what he is doing. He grabs a hold of a nearby street sweeper, slams it down onto the ground and hoists himself up in a vault that sends him sailing over the fence (and sweeper broken behind him), and landing with the agility of a fucking cat behind the name, silver eyes bright. He calls after him, "I'm very, very fast. Stop *now*." He pulls all of the command he can behind it.
Ainsley checked command + leadership at difficulty 50, rolling 3 higher.
"Ahhhhh!" He screams when Merek throws himself at the fence and begins to deftly climb over it, then he's rapidly backing up when Kenna darts along the fence and comes /through/ it. "Oh, come on! Can't you guys go eat some scones or donuts or somethin-" There's another screaming, this one of real terror as Ainsley comes vaulting through the air and over his head. There's a mad scramble as he tries to get out of the way before a man lands on top of him. He does in fact stop, likely do to shock. What even was that?
Kenna checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 15, rolling 15 higher.
Kenna senses WEAKNESS. HESITATION. She's also been running after this mofu* for a while know so she's going to //not// hesitate herself and throws her entire body at him. "I AM GOING TO GET YOU." (Don't ask her to roll intimidation okay?)
Merek attempts to throw some more rope at the now stationary target while Kenna moves to tackle them. Why not.
Merek checked dexterity + athletics at difficulty 15, rolling 20 higher.
Ainsley steps slightly to the side when Kenna throws her ENTIRE PERSON at the poor thief. He winces a little bit and says, mildly, "Guard Whitehawk... OFFICER BLACK!" That is a bit sharp.
Calaudrin GM Roll checked dex(4) + brawl(4) at difficulty 15, rolling 22 higher.
Calaudrin GM Roll checked dex(4) + dodge(3) at difficulty 15, rolling 34 higher.
Common Thief #2937 was standing perfectly still for about thirty seconds after Ainsley told him to stop. Then a man threw a rope at him again, breaking that brief moment of compliance. He might have shrugged that off if not for the fact that a woman then tackles him to the ground. He's a bit bigger than Kenna and knows more about fighting in the streets. So there's quite a bit of kicking, punching and wrestling that goes on there. Also he tries to hit her about the head with his bag of silver. Then he stumbles to his feet and starts running again. He gets to the back door of a local restaurant ducks inside.
Kenna checked dexterity + dodge at difficulty 25, rolling 3 higher.
Ainsley checked composure at difficulty 20, rolling 0 higher.
"Gloria's sword, Officer Black, put that fucking rope /away/." Ainsley says, with only a >hint< of heat. He whirls about and grabs a hold of the nearest piece of debris he can find and *hurl* it at the door, attempting to slam it shut before the man can go through it...
Kenna is not stupid. Well, other than throw-yourself-at-bad-guy stupid. The second he starts kicking she rolls herself in a ball with her head tucked under her arms. That it also protects her hair and skirt, totally a plus. MOST of the kicks manage to not do any damage and the second she hears his footfalls moving away she's back up. And, uh, hopefully not in the way of what Ainsley is throwing. That'd be awkward.
Ainsley checked strength + athletics at difficulty 30, rolling 22 higher.
Merek watches as the bag is used as a weapon, then he takes his time to pull back his rope once more, and leaps towards the grounds, before he adjusts his cloak a bit. "It's safer than approachin a suspect that has been deemed hostile, and has apparently also shanked someone." Either way he puts the rope away, wathcing as Ainsley attempts to keep the bad guy on their side of the door. "Mmmn, restaurant, wonder what's on the menu."
"I did NOT shank anyone!!" He screams as he runs into the restaurant. Well, he tries to run into the restaurant. Instead he runs face first into the door and cracks his forehead on it. Staggering back, he drops the bag of silver. Coins go rolling all over the floor and he stands there trying to get the stars out of his eyes.
Kenna checked charm + empathy at difficulty 15, rolling 16 higher.
"No, you just beat the shit out of them and ran. I AM SORRY FOR BEING WRONG." Kenna puts herself between the guy and the alleyway closest since he seems to like them so much. "Look, come on, you dropped the coins, so you aren't buying stuff. And I bet your head hurts a //lot// now. How about we forget this WHOLE RUNNING thing and we'll walk? Maybe find a healer or something? What do you say?" Edging closer with every single step, an arm out raised like he's a puppy who's been beaten and just needs a gentle pet.
Ainsley crosses his arms over his chest, rocking a little bit on her feet. A glance is given toward the man and then Kenna. He seems to be happy to let her handle trying to convince him to stop running, for real.
"I can treat him if needed, bandages are like less dramatic ropes that are good with salve," Merek tells Kenna, while he frowns a bit, "Maybe don't shout about shanking if he used his fists, I thought he was armed." He looks over to Ainsley though, and lets the superior handle the actual case bit, as he takes some actual medical supplies from his belt.
Henry has a concussion now, probably. From running full tilt into a heavy ass door. When Kenna starts saying nice things to him, he /believes/ her. "I did drop the coins. It's basically like I didn't steal them anymore! I was /borrowing/ them." Yes, yes. Just borrowing via physical assault and robbery. He's largely compliant now, though someone should probably stay with Kenna for when he inevitably gets his wits about him and tries to take off again. There's a bright (if mildly confused smile) for Merek: "Please patch up my booboos." Alright, guy. Shh.
Merek checked perception + medicine at difficulty 15, rolling 18 higher.
Ainsley gives a little shake of his head is given and he says, "Good job, guards, good job." He makes his way back toward the silver was dropped and leans down to pick it up.
Merek moves over towards Henry, while Kenna talks to him. He doesn't handle the talking, he just checks the man's gaze, and then takes some salve and places it on a bandage. "You'll need to wear this, soak it in water after a few hours. Don't sleep for about half a day, also try not to be so active." A good device against him running more than likely.
"It's okay, shhh. Guardsman Merek has got you." Kenna pats Henry's shoulder all nice and gentle-like. "Hey, why don't we start walking?" CHEERFUL.
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