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[Dogs in the Vineyard - IC/OOC] The Sins of Memphisto

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    As if your words had summoned them straight out, Lorenzo and Olive appear within your vision. You hear some muffled talking from inside, then they walk out the door and stand on the porchfront. They've both got smiles on their faces, and they both seem to be ignoring Faith and Prudence - their eyes are fixed on Esau.

    "I knew you had a good head on your shoulders," Lorenzo says, moving his hands to his hips, "Glad to hear you decided that Olive was the right woman to marry John. Welcome in my house any time, son."

    There's a change on Faith's face from happiness to that shocked expression from someone who's just been betrayed. Her mouth hanging open, she looks at Esau, but doesn't say anything. She just takes a step away from him and, shaking her head.

    "That's not... that's not what they're here for," she mumbles out, but she can't find the words.

    Olive, smiling sweetly, looks at Faith and gives her a look of the utmost fake sympathy.

    "<Sorry, Sister,>" she says, but she doesn't mean it. You can tell that much.
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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    Esau bites his tongue. Ho ho ho, the demon woman's pulled another fast one on him, she went and told everyone. The look of betrayal on Unity's face is crushing. Well, he ain't gonna just lay down for it.

    (dice: 6, 6, 5, 5, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1)

    RAISE:
    He marches up to the house, talkin' as he goes. "I ain't decided nothin', Steward--I was coerced. We got some things to sort out before anyone's gettin' married to anyone. Everyone out of the house. Now!"

    To hell with these people. King of Life knows how they got to be in such a position of power in this town, but he ain't gonna stand for Olive's shit no more, and if the Steward gets in his way... well, Prudence sure has a bone to grind, and he's got a card to hold over the Steward too.

    He takes Faith gently but firmly by the forearm. <"Come on, Faith, we've got some business to tend to."> An action not really directed at Faith, but at the Steward and Olive.
    (dice: 5, 5)
    Lorenzo and Olive must See.

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,6,6,6,5,5,4,4,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,6,5,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,2,1,1,1,1)


    SEE/TAKING THE BLOW:

    As Esau strides forward and makes to take Faith by the arm, the two Oatman siblings - the last ones on this earth - take very different reactions to the Dog's forthrightness.

    Perhaps struck by a moment of self-realisation, or an unwillingness to push herself into a physical confrontation, Sister Olive doesn't do anything to physically stop the Mountain Dog from grabbing her sister in law by the arm and trying to get away from his previous commitment to marry her off. A momentary weakness, perhaps.

    Lorenzo, on the other hand, isn't the kind of person to let another man touch his wife, Dog or not. He pushes away Esau's arm before he can grab a firm hold on Faith, and pushes himself inbetween the two. This just isn't going to stand.
    (Lorenzo's dice: 5,5)
    (Olive's dice: 3,3,1,1,1,1)


    Lorenzo escalates to Talking, rolling Acuity 5 (5d6=6,3,2,4,6)

    RAISE:
    Standing tall in front of the two Dogs, he looks at them with utter confusion and contempt. He's heard stories in the past of Dogs who turned tail and ran from their obligations, but they were cowards who'd rather live a life of ease, rather than build a land of milk and honey for the Faithful. He cracks open his dry mouth and addresses the pair of them.

    "How can you call yourself Dogs," he says, with a terrible tremor, "You're backing your way out of a promise you made to a poor girl who's already suffered so much? Abandoning the flock, is that what Dogs do?"
    (dice: 6,6)
    Esau and Prudence must See.

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  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    (dice: 8, 6, 6, 4, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1)

    SEE:
    Esau glares at the Steward. "Ain't abandoning nothing, sir, until we've got everything worked out proper."
    (dice: 6, 6)

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  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
    edited October 2009
    (dice: 6, 6, 5, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1)

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    "You let us be the judge of what's right, here!"

    She tightens her grip on the knife.
    (dice: 6, 6)

  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,6,4,4,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,6,6,5,5,5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,2) (fallout: 6d4)

    Olive escalates to Talking - Acuity 5 (5d6=5,4,3,5,6)


    RAISE:
    Then Olive finds herself recovering from her momentary weakness and steps forward, her hands shaking with a previously unknown sense of entitlement that these... these Dogs were trying to tear away from her.

    "You can talk about judging and properness 'til your face turns blue," she says passionately, "But that doesn't change you're trying to walk out on a promise you made to me! I bet you'd throw a starving dog a wood-carved bone - you Dogs are just a bunch of damn liars and cheats, ain't you?"
    (dice: 6,5)
    Esau and Prudence must See.

  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    SEE:
    "Liars! That's a fine one, comin' from your mouth!" spits Esau.
    (dice: 8, 3)

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
    edited October 2009
    (dice: 5, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1)

    SEE:
    She falters, steps back. "Esau? What... What exactly happened?"
    (dice: 5, 3, 3) fallout 3d4

  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    (dice: 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) Fallout 3d4

    RAISE:
    "Enough o' this! Time fer talkin's over! Lorenzo, hand over my gun!"
    (dice: 3, 1)

    Lorenzo needs to see, as it's a direct request. Not really directed at Olive.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,6,4,4,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,6,5,5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,2) (fallout: 6d4)


    REVERSE THE BLOW:
    The Steward laughs loudly when he hears Prudence's request, shaking his head. Could she really be so arrogant, making a demand that she doesn't have the grounding - or the stones - to commit to? To be asking for a gun only indicated that the Dogs weren't here to solve things with peace, they only meant to divide and bring blood to this town.

    "Tryin' to solve your problems with a gun," he says, mockingly, "That how the Dogs work, these days? Can't convince people with words, so you just try and shoot 'em before they can point out your flaws, huh?"
    (dice: 4)
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    RAISE:
    Finished with Prudence for the moment, the Steward raises a commanding finger at Esau and stares him down. There's the fury of a man betrayed in those eyes, the glimmer of hatred you only see in men who've seen their families destroyed all around them - yet those wolves keep trying to tear off another piece of what little remains.

    "Now apparently you've been keeping things from your Sister in the Order, Esau," he says, the tone and volume of his voice slowly raising to a shout, "I want you to announce what you said before! What did you say to my sister?!"
    (dice: 6,4)
    Esau must See.

  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
    edited October 2009
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    SEE:
    Esau doesn't back down, even in the face of such righteous fury, because he can't bear the thought of admitting to the Steward, to Prudence, what he's done. He can't be like his father--dirty goddam drunk, stinkin' of rum, beatin' him to the ground--he can't admit that. Especially not after he and Prudence had that little tumble.

    "Ain't exactly been time for chit-chat so far," he yells back, "what with y'all screamin' and bitchin' and threatenin' helpless women!"
    (dice: 9, 1)

    (dice: 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1)

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,4,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,6,5,5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,2) (fallout: 6d4)

    "I spent five years with the Mountain People" (2d8=3,3)


    RAISE:
    Now, in her life with with the Mountain People, Olive learned a lot of things. She learned that they could be a cruel people, a malicious people, people willing to kill and steal and turn their backs on kindness if it suited them at the time. They could be lazy and shiftless, especially if they'd gotten drunk off the habits of white folk. They'd murdered her entire family while on some random warpath, and despite everything that the Faith said - despite Esau's training and conversion to the King of Life's True Faith - some things never changed.

    Esau was just as shifty and backstabbing as any other heathen Mountain Man.

    "Don't you turn your back on me," she yells at Esau, "Don't you turn your back on the promise you made to me! You might like Unity more, since she's one of your kind, but you made a promise to marry me to John, and you should hold to it!"
    (dice: 6,5)
    Esau must See.

  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    (dice: 4, 4, 3, 3, 3,2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1)

    SEE/TAKE THE BLOW:
    "It's true! I do like Unity more--she ain't deceitful, and she needs defendin' from you, just like all my other kin in this town!" He waves at his leg. "Y'all know how I got this? Huh?" He shakes his bloody coat in a fistful at Olive. "Pete Stars was so sick in the head with your damn lies that he was convinced the King had no place for him! It drove him crazy--he put a knife in my leg! Now I know I made you a promise, Olive, but I gotta put this entire ball o' shit ahead of you!
    (dice: 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1)

    RAISE:
    "We are going to go find Brother John, drag his ass and all yours together, and we're gonna have us a weddin'--but I ain't sayin' whose at this point 'cause I'm not entirely sure! You think she's a sorceress, and you think she's a sorceress," he points from Olive to Faith and back, "and you don't think Brother John can decide who he wants to marry for himself," and he points to Lorenzo, "but I haven't even seen this elusive Brother John all day, and I don't know who, but somebody put a demon in Faith's body! And by the King of Life we will sort it out and deliver His judgement unto the wicked."

    And he was gonna do what he could to prove that it was Olive.
    (dice: 4, 4)

    (dice: 3, 3, 3, 1) (fallout: 6d4)

    Lorenzo and Olive must See.

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
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  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,6,4,4,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,2) (fallout: 6d4)


    SEE/REVERSING THE BLOW:

    Despite his firey words, Esau fails to land a ringing blow on either of the Oatman siblings - in fact, with the Dog's full, public confession of his promise to wed John and Olive, the blue-tattooed Sister finds herself somewhat emboldened in the situation. She knows that confession was just the first breaking point for the young Dog, and that she just has to keep the pressure on him for a little while longer.

    "So you admit it," she says, full of pride in her words, "You admit you made a promise to me, and now you're turning your back on it! You think anyone in town's gonna trust the Dogs when they break their word like that?"

    Lorenzo, still in front of his wife and next to his sister, just shakes his head slowly at the young Mountain Man. To think, Esau used to be welcome in his house - with this attitude of his, Esau wasn't going to be welcome in Memphisto for a long, long time.
    (Lorenzo's dice: 4,4)
    (Olive's dice: 8)

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  • summerycleptsummeryclept Registered User
    edited October 2009
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    (dice: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) Fallout 3d4

    "In God's name, Esau, what did you do?"

    She'll deal with that later.

    RAISE:
    To Olive:

    "I'm gettin' 'bout tired o' you, woman," Prudence tells her. "You run yer mouth like you know what's what! Are you a Watchdog of the Faith? Or are you just some no-good double-schemin' wretch lookin' fer help?"
    (dice: 1, 1)

    Olive needs to see. It also seems like Lorenzo likes to speak up on her behalf, so him too, if you deem applicable.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    (Lorenzo's dice: 9,6,5,5,4,3,2,2,1,1)
    (Olive's dice: 8,7,5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3,3,3,2) (fallout: 6d4)


    REVERSE THE BLOW:
    "You call me a double-schemin' wretch," comes Olive's reply, "When your own Brother Dog makes promises and spits on 'em like it weren't no issue? Throwing around his position and authority as a Watchdog without a care, makin' and takin' back promises just because they don't suit him anymore?"

    Lorenzo's fury is back into full session with Prudence's exclamation, and he waits for Olive to finish before making his own reply to the juvenile, red-faced girl Dog.

    "Running mouths around seems to be your speciality, Dog," he says as a follow-up, "Might do you some good to try listening to your damn congregation, take some lessons on proper tact before you scream at them!"
    (Lorenzo's dice: 4)
    (Olive's dice: 8)

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    "I'm a Branch Steward" (2d10=5,5)

    RAISE:

    Now, Lorenzo has had to deal with many things in his time as the Steward of the congregation in Memphisto, but he ain't never had such a shitpile of emotion and misplaced opinions in front of him. Dogs are supposed to heal the body, not treat the wound; that was his place of work. Now, marrying Olive and John in order to foster love and support amongst the people of this town, that he could understand; hell, that's something he could get behind.

    But this whole business of taking sides, viewing individual wishes like Unity's as troubles that plagued the whole congregation, that wasn't the Dog's place or within their authority. Especially when the Dog was taking the word of one insane little Mountain Whore against a Steward, his wife and his sister.

    "Now listen here, Dog," he says between gritting teeth, "You don't have the right to take back a promise that would heal this congregation. I suggest you apologise, boy."
    (Lorenzo's dice: 6,4)
    Esau must See.
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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i don't care i'd rather sink -- than swipe right for bradRegistered User regular
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  • jimninjajimninja Registered User
    edited October 2009
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