Location: Entrance of Oaklore Keep (Books 1 and 2), Nose for Trouble, Major Mayhem, There's No Place like Oaklore, Victoria's Secret
Nose for Trouble
There's No Place like Oaklore
Oaklore Keep (Books 1 and 2)
Sir Ano: Greetings, <Character>, and welcome again to Oaklore Keep. Rest a bit, I'm sure your travels have tired you and I have a proposition for you.
Sir Ano: You've always seemed a generous sort of <Class>, so I thought you might be willing to consider my proposition.
Sir Ano: Some people are born attractive; some have connections. And then there are those like me, making their own way in the world.
Who are you?
Sir Ano: Ano de Berg'rac the Sixth. Lately a simple Squire, I was knighted along with others of my class and inducted into the Pactogonal Knighthood.
Sir Ano: I come from a long and illustrious lineage, a clan of uncommon Knights. You may have heard of my great-grandfather, Sir Ano the Second.
Sir Ano: He wooed the princess of a neighboring country and finally won her hand. My family has fallen on hard times recently, but I have a LOT to live up to!
Sir Ano: I... could use a little help not falling flat on my face as I climb my way up the ranks of the Knights.
And that's where I come in?
Sir Ano: Exactly! I've studied your recent adventures and it seems that beyond your talent, good looks, and gorgeous singing voice, you lead a charmed life.
Sir Ano: How would you feel about lending me some of that serendipitous success?
Lending you success?
Sir Ano: Well, I just need a bit of an edge to get noticed by the right people at Court. Sir Emony is the Knight in charge of visitors to the Court.
Sir Ano: He refuses to even consider introducing a new recruit to the King and his daughters.
Sir Ano: But I know if I had some heroic deeds to my name, I'm be summoned on my own. And then she'd notice me for sure! I mean, uh...
What about the princesses?
Sir Ano: The eldest is so beautiful that half the Knights in the Keep spend their days off trying to impress her with their bravery.
Sir Ano: Then there's the youngest. Far too clever for her governess' peace of mind.
Sir Ano: And then there's the middle daughter; you couldn't find a more perfect princess. She's her father's pride and joy.
How can I help?
Sir Ano: Come with me, show me firsthand how a hero... heroes? Does his hero thing. Knight training focuses on fighting, but not how to BE a hero.
Sir Ano: And, uh, if you could kind of stay in the background when we go back to report to Captain Rolith and the patrol leader...
Sir Ano: They'll never think I've done the deeds if you're front and center. I'd let you keep all the gold and any booty we find, of course.
Sir Ano: Once my fame is established, we can come out and call you... my mentor! You'll be known as <Character>, the Hero-Maker. Fancy, huh?
Sir Ano: I'm sure that with your help, I'll learn just what I need to become a Hero and catch the King's attention!
Nose for Trouble
Sir Ano: A monster has been terrorizing the townspeople who supply the Keep with food.
Sir Ano: Captain Rolith is planning on sending out Knights to take care of the creature. I know if I- we- take care of it, it'll bring me to his attention.
Sir Ano: What do you say, are you up for helping me?
Sir Ano: I didn't get to tell you how impressed the patrol leader was when I told him about slaying the gargoyle! He says if I keep on like this...
Sir Ano: He'll make sure to speak to Captain Rolith about me! I know with your help and teaching I will surely to become one of the most heroic knights ever!
Sir Ano: And now there's another chance to stand out. One of the women who works in the kitchen sent her daughter out to pick mushrooms yesterday.
Sir Ano: I'll stand out and the little girl is saved. It's win-win. Will you help me hunt? One of the stableboys said they saw her go off into the deep woods.
No Place like Oaklore
Sir Ano: <Character>, you've taught me so much these past weeks! All about perseverence, keeping cool under pressure, and laughing at danger...
Sir Ano: But every hero can use a bit of magical intervention, right? I mean, you've had Warlic and Cysero to help you, and look how well that's turned out!
Sir Ano: I've heard of a Wizard reknowned for his advice. From his Tower in the Jadeite Ruins, it's said he'll dispense great wisdom if one is worthy.
Sir Ano: From the storiest I've heard, he's great! And pretty powerful, too. Surely it couldn't hurt to have him use his wyrd, wizardly ways to tell me my future.
Sir Ano: And if he has a spare enchanted weapon or two laying about, accepting those couldn't hurt, either.
Sir Ano: What do you say, will you journey with me?
Sir Ano: The King is coming for a visit, <Character>! This is my chance! But before I can worry about that, there's something I need your help taking care of.
Sir Ano: Captain Rolith himself has asked me to deal with a group of bandits which has camped out in the middle of a swamp a ways away.
Sir Ano: He says it shouldn't be any problem for someone of my skills. I- ah- haven't mentioned yet that you've been helping me...
Sir Ano: But I will, I promise! In fact, if - when- I get presented to the King, I'll tell him all about you then.
Sir Ano: You've taught me so much already. But will you help me, this one last time?
Nose for Trouble
Sir Ano: There it is, and it's asleep. Let's go! I've got my warcry all figured out! *takes a deep breath*
Sir Ano: Good point. I will practice stealth! Like ninjas, I will become one with the with the air, with the shadows, with the cave itself-
Sir Ano: *inhales deeply* Eeeew, you're ri-i-ah-AH-CHOO! ... 'scuse me.
Sir Ano: Whoops.
Sir Ano: That was exhilarating! Training was never like this! I dodged, I weaved, I struck, I-
Sir Ano: Where would I keep it? It's not like metal armor provides much of an opportiniyu for pockets...
Sir Ano: No, no, you're thinking of the squadron of Squires who scout ahead patrols.
Sir Ano: I still remember some of the tracking tricks we were taught. And some of this spoor looks spore-like.
Sir Ano: So, is making bad jokes part of a Hero's standard repertoire? Like putting on emotional armor?
Sir Ano: We saw some with their caps pulled over their eyes, napping. you might want to work on that.
Sir Ano: *snicker* I think I see what you mean about humor.
Sir Ano: But about Jenny? What use could you have for a little girl?
Sir Ano: You know, I can almost sympathize with your reasoning. I net you're a pretty fun guy when you aren't kidnapping little girls.
Sir Ano: So you're saying we shouldn't truggle with you, is that it?
Sir Ano: How's that for a morel to the story?
There's No Place like Oaklore
Sir Ano: Don't you know her? You're the one who's been going around being a hero. Have you killed any yagas lately? Maybe she wants revenge.
Sir Ano: Well, I do love a good nonsense song. But no! I would never betray the trust-
Sir Ano: Nope!
Sir Ano: Excuse me? Sir Wizard?
Sir Ano: Look at all his stuff! Stuffed bird on a stick, potion bottles, crystal ball...
Sir Ano: His laundr- Did the curtain just move?
Sir Ano: I was, uh, looking or you! Er, a note. A note from you. Saying when you'd be back.
Sir Ano: Uh...
Sir Ano: Your wisdom and, uh, wonderfulness is widely known! I wanted to ask you if you could tell me about my future, and what in store for me.
Sir Ano: I'm afraid I'll never be able to be a real hero, and do all the brave and noble things a hero is supposed to do!
Sir Ano: You give pep talks to bad guys, too!
Sir Ano: Riiiiiiight.
Sir Ano: Um. Er. Thanks for your... help... I guess, Sir Wizard. I think we're going to be going now, though.
Sir Ano: I'm sure we've been missed by now, and I miss it! The jousting, the jesting-
Sir Ano: Really, when you think about it, there's no place like Oaklore!
Sir Ano: Do... do you hear something? A sort of whistling sound?
Sir Ano: OW.
Sir Ano: Huh?
Sir Ano: Why, yes. Yes I am!
Sir Ano: *whisper* Nope! But who says I can't think fast? Carpe Opportunitas!
Sir Ano: Nothing. Just sneezing. Both of us.
Sir Ano: Thank you! I've come with a message from a fellow chief. He, uh, wants me to give it to your leader in person. It's very important.
Sir Ano: Yep. Lee. Wes Lee.
Sir Ano: The guy you met in that one?
Sir Ano: Er, sure.
Sir Ano: *whisper* Shh! Trust me! So... what did you have in mind, Dready?
Sir Ano: You mean... Oaklore Keep?
Sir Ano: You're going to kidnap one of the princess?
Sir Ano: Dready, I'd love to help you, really, I would. There's just one little problem.
Sir Ano: My name is Sir Ano de Berg'rac. You're planning to kidnap my princess. Prepare to die.
Sir Ano: I am truly honored, Sire. I have dreamed for about this moment for years. And, to be honest, I have to thank <Character>. Without the hel-
Sir Ano: You just make it so that the Adventurers who slay the monsters bothering the townspeople get a little something for their troubles, right?
Sir Ano: I mean, if Robina the Hood- er, if you didn't do that, being a hero would be much less profitable, wouldn't it?
Sir Ano: And the way I see it, that would be bad in a couple ways.
Sir Ano: Well, if the heroes didn't see slaying monsters as profitable, the number of active heroes wou;d decrease. That would do two things:
Sir Ano: It would make more trouble for your subjects since monster attacks would become more frequent...
Sir Ano: ... and it would mean there were fewer heroes spending their hard-won gold in the shops and Inns throughout your Realm.
Sir Ano: So, really, when you think about it, Victoria's actions as Robina's benefit your kingdom's economy.
Sir Ano: Why, I, uh... yes. Yes, I do.
Sir Ano: *blush*
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-- ArchMagus Orodalf for original entry.
-- Dwelling Dragonlord for correction.
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