Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Actual Play: Blue Rose AGE "Trouble in Hyrith" Ajax's 3x3

Ajax's 3x3:

3 Allies:
  • Ciro, Rhy-Fox, local representative of the Aldis Department of Rodent Control. Ciro (pronounced "See-Row") was one of the first Rhydan that Ajax met when he came to Hyrith. They became fast friends. Ciro is the first Rhy-Fox that Ajax knows besides family members. They also look very much alike that only those who know them can tell them apart. The DRC is tasked with killing rodents to safeguard crops all over Aldis and pays a nominal bounty on every rat and vermin tail that is turned in. As the local rep for the DRC, Ciro has contacts among all the carnivorous Rhydan in the city, since many of them work as independent contractors for the DRC.
  • Stanford, Rhy-Cat, Adept, employed by the Adepts Guild, and Ajax's roommate. Introduced by Ciro, Ajax and Stanford have roomed together for a month or so. Usually standoffish, like most Rhy-Cats, and prone to "Adept" behavior, also known as "being mysterious just to be mysterious", she has a tendency to make pointed observations that look beyond the surface and into the heart of the matter. Stanford knows many secret things about Hyrith, including shortcuts, hidden tunnels and the esoteric history of the city. Her schedule is always in flux but she tends to show up when needed, another part of "Adept" behavior that drives Ajax batty.
  • Filo "Wagon-tamer", Human from Jarzoni, Teamster. Filo and Ajax met when Filo (pronounced "Fill-Oh") nearly ran over Ajax's tail with a wagon. The first introduction was not pleasant but with Filo, Ajax found a fellow lover of good ale and good food. Although originally from Jarzoni, Filo is now fairly cosmopolitan, taking Rhydan, Night People, Vata and Seafolk as just people, instead of the demons his upbringing taught him. He's a contradiction in terms: when he's working, he's a rough and tumble man, accustomed to cracking skulls and getting the job done, but when he's with his wife and two daughters, he's a loving spouse and doting, but stern, parent. He knows many of the working class people around the city and delivers goods to many of the various Guilds and shops. Some foks he knows aren't fit for polite society.
3 Contacts:
  • Corxxx, Rhy-Raven, information broker. Corxxx (pronounced "Core-Ex", not "Core-Axe") is one of the local Rhydan that Ajax met when he first came to Hyrith. Corxxx tried to cheat him but Ajax turned the tables. There is mutual respect there, from fellow tricksy folks, but they're not sure whether to trust each other.
  • Izen, Human, Roamer, tinker. Izen (pronounced "Eye-Zen") travels all over Aldis, and often comes to Hyrith several times a year. Ajax met him several years ago in Rezea and Izen smuggled Ajax back into Aldis after the Rhy-Fox had a slight disagreement with a Rezean over a horse and it's price (or lack thereof of an actual horse after the payment had been made). Izen has a bunch of useful (and useless) things in his caravan, all available for a good price. Need something unusual? Check his stock, he might have it. He travels with his nephew and neice (actually adopted orphans) who like Ajax more than Izen does.
  • Hemril Tradithas, Vata'an, "troubleshooter". Twenty years ago, Hemril (pronounced "Emm Rill") fled Kern as a child and settled in Aldis. He learned a variety of skills, from fighting to investigation, from anyone he could get to teach him. For the past decade, with his unusual skillset, he's been a "troubleshooter", also known as a Factor, in Hyrith. He's a workaholic and owns a small house (and the inn beside it) on the coast, just outside of the Basilisk Gate. Ajax met him while he was on a case for a wealthy merchant. They didn't come into conflict but there was potential. Since then, they've encountered each other on a few occasions, and have traded each others expertise for mutual benefit. He has a bad habit of chewing a tobacco-like root and spitting.
3 Rivals:
  • Perci, Rhy-Horse Aldin Noble. Everyone loves Perci (pronounced "Pear See"). She's an adorable Rhy-Horse mare. She's young, beautiful, idealistic, accomplished, kind and thoughtful. She also drives Ajax to distraction. No one is that good, it's just not possible. She brings out the selfish and suspicious side of him, so he constantly questions her motives. Maybe she is what she seems. Ajax just doesn't buy it, even as she shares her cheesy biscuits with him.
  • Junec Ocacrac, Human, Aldin, popular Hyrith storyteller. Within a few moments of meeting, Ajax and Junec (pronounced "June Eck") developed an intense, although currently friendly, rivalry. Ajax is a better storyteller, but Junec has a larger following. They've developed a standard format: they meet, seemly randomly at a local tavern or pub, and have an impromptu story contest, then request audience feedback. So far, they've tied, as each has won two of these contests. There is some hype building for the next such contest and Junec is nervous -- Ajax has an advantage, in that he's an adventurer, while Junec is a storyteller. 
  • Grixerion, Human, Aldin, baker. Grixerion (pronounced "Gris Err Eon") is a baker in Hyrith who makes the most delicious cheesy biscuits. Ajax has a tendency to "borrow" them at every opportunity, often without paying for them. Grixerion takes affront at that. But he does admit, after kicking Ajax out of his shop for the umpteenth time, that even though Ajax doesn't always pay, he does provide "free" advertising for the bakery all around the city and the rest of the clientele enjoy his antics.

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