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Talanall
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I'm waiting on Cragar and Faustus.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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Are there crates and/or other objects lying about that can be used to either obstruct the alleyway or make difficult terrain?

Talanall
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No. There's the odd bit of trash, but in general crates, barrels, and similar containers, even empty and/or slightly damaged, are valuable enough to keep for reuse.

On a side note, the map has updated to reflect that Cragar is close enough to the two buildings immediately east of the Whiteflower Building to see what they are.

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Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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Sorry, I don't see anything on the buildings to the east?

Talanall
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Your browser may have cached an old version of the image. The easiest way to make it update is to right-click on the image and choose whatever your browser offers in the way of, "open link in new tab" or some similar wording. This will send the browser to the URL where the image is actually hosted, forcing it to fetch the image file from its hosting server, rather than allow it to check its cache for JPG with the appropriate file name and display that.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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That didn't work, but F5 did. I see them now, thanks.

Cragar is going to look at the purple building to the north, ideally with the big F.

Obsidian_Spoon
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Faust will meet up with Cragar in the northern alleyway. Along the way he'll take a good look at what seems to be a door in the northwestern corner of the warehouse. How is it locked, how secured the hinges are, etc. etc.

Talanall
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The door is of stout wooden construction. There's a crude handle made of iron on it, but the hinges are on the inside, so Faustus can see that it's just there to make it easy to pull the door shut. There appears to be a sort of lever-action latch, but manipulating it doesn't cause the door to open, leading Faustus to believe that it must be barred from the inside. This is borne out if he pushes on the door; it rattles a bit in its frame, but doesn't really budge.

He's pretty sure that if he wants inside badly enough, he can beat on the door until something gives; it's a stout door, but Faustus is a pretty muscular dude. It'd make noise that would alert anyone who might be inside, and if there's anyone awake among the immediate neighbors, the noise likewise might be an issue for that reason. But he doesn't see any light sources other than his own torch.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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Cragar will shake his head at the door and proceed down the remaining alleyway to the north.

Talanall
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The northern alley wends its way between the backsides of three different buildings, all of them single story affairs. It's not clear what's inside because there's no signage back here; the building immediately north of the Whiteflower Building looks like it must front onto the larger side street that lies off to the west, and this probably also is the case for the one immediately north of that building, as well. The last, our heroes think, must have its public entrance on another side street that lies to the north.

All three buildings feature secondary doors, but all three doors keep up with the trend of being heavily barred to deny access. It doesn't smell great back here, and Cragar and Faustus both find it obvious that people sometimes slip back here to relieve themselves. If it weren't dark, there probably would be flies buzzing around everywhere. The warmer temperatures of daytime probably wouldn't do much to make the smell more bearable, either, but fortunately this is actually looking like it's a decent shortcut between the street in front of the Whiteflower Building and the one that they suppose this alleyway's northern branch must discharge into.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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Cragar nods, satisfied. "We take him here." The dwarf turns to his substantially larger and better lit companion, waiting.

Talanall
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We might as well move the IC stuff to the IC thread, please.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Obsidian_Spoon
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Are the squares on the map 5ft? This is a single-file alley way?

Talanall
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All squares on this map are 5 ft. increments. That's standard practice with me, and in the (extremely rare) cases where I deviate from it, I try to hit people over the head with it so that it's clear I've done so.

Because the alleyway is so narrow, your characters probably wouldn't find it comfortable to move down it in anything other than single file. There are some factual issues with this statement that have to do with the idea that you guys can pass freely through each other's squares. So the reality is that you can jostle past one another without any real issue, if you want to do that, and I guess it'd also be fair to say that when it's happening outside of an encounter where we're tracking initiative, you guys can cluster up to some degree.

But during an encounter where initiative is being tracked, a whole passel of abstractions come into force. One of those is that two creatures cannot occupy the same square unless one is helpless or at least one is sized Tiny or smaller. So in the event that you guys have a combative encounter in this alleyway, I would certainly treat it as a requirement for you to be in single file. Outside of initiative, I probably would assume that you were moving in some kind of severely elongated gaggle which may or may not be a single-file line.

If I were defaulting to the assumption that you guys would be fighting anything you were likely to meet, I'd probably lean towards the abstraction side of things, and get a marching order.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Talanall
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Okay, you guys have a little bit of downtime In Character. If people are doing stuff other than basic food/sleep/etc. maintenance tasks, this is a good time to speak up. If you want it to be a secret, send me a PM.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

deadDMwalking
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Gravington wouldn't mind spending a little more time with Fricka. It is his sincere hope that she is used to using her body to get what she wants and is interested in making Gravington a smitten ally. He will angle for such an opportunity but he's not chasing her around like a lost puppy.

Talanall
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I feel like Gravington just volunteered to get himself stabbed discreetly through the eye socket and left in the gutter to rot, but if he's okay with the risk profile and you're okay with the risk profile, then who am I to stand between a gnome and his romantic aspirations?

You and Fixxxer can tend to business here, via PM, or not at all, just as you think best.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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Cragar would inquire with his colleagues as to whether or not any of them have any proficiency casting divine magic.

deadDMwalking
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Talanall wrote:

You and Fixxxer can tend to business here, via PM, or not at all, just as you think best.

I did have a player once that appeared to have a gnome fetish. He spent significantly longer than was appropriate trying to explain how a gnome's nose is direction proportional to the size of his manhood. I didn't invite him back.

Cronono
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Wouldn't it be his gnomehood? I mean, manhood seems wrong for a gnome.

Fixxxer
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Is... is the nose the gnomehood, or is it his other part. And if so, what is his nose called?

Fricka's got some stuff to look into, which I've PM'd Talanall about already. If Gravington wants to be a smitten puppy, he can very likely wile his way into coming along, if he's clever about it. If he's not clever, she might... you know, that thing Talanall said.

Talanall
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I think the aphorism you guys are looking for is, "Once you go gnome, you'll never go home."

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Cronono
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With no responses, Cragar takes this opportunity to sleep.

He does so quietly.

Talanall
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We're not on an unannounced hiatus, or anything. There's stuff happening in secret.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Obsidian_Spoon
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I was getting concerned.

Fixxxer
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Yeah, chumps! There's private messages flying back and forth like you wouldn't believe.

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