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Cylus 29, Arc 721

The three Cadouri that were waiting outside the door, dressed in very fine clothes, wearing scarves and holding little lanterns because it was dark and unpleasant and cold in Cylus were indeed cute and fluffy. They were in fact so cute and fluffy that Devin had to resist the urge …

… no, he definitely did not have to resist the urge to stroke them, admire them and coo at them, like he sometimes cooed at his goat Heidi. He was a vain and greedy and arrogant priest of Delroth. A priest of Delroth didn’t coo at a group of Cadouri, unless they had wings.

He just …

… smiled.

Devin smiled all over his face because they were just so cute and fluffy before he grinned somewhat mischievously, bowed deeply and gestured for them to enter the house.

“Mister Herman McGerman, I presume?” he asked the Cadouri that looked the most like a hamster rather than a mouse or some other sort of rodent, secretly admiring the little bow on his shirt and his top hat. He kind of wished that he had such a hat. He really liked hats!

“Yes, Baron Smooglenuff!” Herman McGerman that was indeed a hamster said in a happy and cheerful tone of voice and stepped across the threshold and into Devin’s exceedingly colourful house, followed by his two mouse companions, only to abruptly make a small jump.

When Devin turned his head in order to find out what had startled the builder, his eyes widened. It was none other than Heidi herself who had followed him into the hallway in order to see what was going on. The little black and white goat who wore a pretty pink bow looked at the three Cadouri for a moment before she bleated loudly and insistently.

“That’s Heidi, my pet”, he told the somewhat skittish hamster. “She’s harmless. She just wanted to say hello. See?” he said and walked over to Heidi in order to scratch her head before he gestured for the three Cadouri who eyed the goat with a mixture of curiosity and wariness into the living room that was just as colourful as the rest of the house.

Fortunately, Herman McGerman recovered from his mild shock quickly enough and proceeded to eye his new surroundings with obvious interest. “What a thing of beauty!” he abruptly exclaimed as he looked at the walls that were all a different color and at the polished floors.

A moment later, they finally entered the living room where Devin’s lunch was already waiting (his roommates had retreated into their rooms upstairs rather than listening to all the barony stuff). Herman’s companions who were a male and female mouse and both dressed in very elegant bright blue clothes stared and oohed and aahed at the plate full of glowing breaded chicken pieces.

“I made these myself!” he told them. “I’m still trying to figure out a way to make them glow more so that they can double as lamps. A lunch in the dark - a lunch that you can actually see - would be fun, don’t you think?” he told them quite excitedly before he sat down at the head of the table.

It was just than that something occurred to him.

“Wait! You actually like meat?” he asked.

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  • Due to an encounter with a magical tree Devin has bright violet eyes.
  • Devin has fancy black claw-like nails. The Grafter Rakvald made them from the spines that grow on the dubaebo's back and attached them to Devin's hands.

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Devin owns a Ring of Reversal. He's always wearing it, unless stated otherwise.

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“Of course!” Herman replied, cut off a large piece of breaded chicken and stuffed it into his mouth much to the surprise of the young Mortalborn who could only watch him, his eyes wide. “We love all kinds of food. Food is great, and food that glows is even better!” he decided.

“But I thought that hamsters ate grain and grass and such”, Devin who had finally found his voice again exclaimed and heaped some breaded chicken and rice onto his plate as well because he might as well eat something while he was absolutely flabbergasted.

“We don’t follow a specific diet”, the female mouse said in a very soft and gentle voice. “Even if the animals that we resemble are vegetarians, we aren’t. Well, we usually aren’t. We can have certain food preferences though, like all people”, she explained and gestured at the plate full of brussel sprouts and walnuts that she had decided to go for.

“I’m Miranda, by the way, and this is my brother, Marvin. I am studying logistics, and my brother is studying construction”, she said. Her brother briefly looked up when he heard that, nodded and decided to focus on his food – he had decided on brussel sprouts and walnuts as well – again. Miranda and Marvin, Devin observed, were barely three foot tall, but they had an incredibly large appetite. It did in fact rival his own appetite!

“So”, Herman said once they had eaten the main course and the desert which had been a chocolate cake and proceeded to remove several rolled-up pieces of parchment from the black leather satchel that he had brought. “I brought the floorplans for the old manor since you seem to be interested in building a new library in order to honor the late Baron Rodrigues. Floorplans can be helpful, and besides, I thought that you might derive some inspiration for the new manor from them. I have a few suggestions of my own to make, but let’s take a look at your ideas first”, he remarked and gestured for Devin’s notebook that contained what the young man had decided to call his “manor list.”

He furrowed his brow a bit as he tried to decipher Devin’s somewhat messy handwriting, and his whiskers moved a little (which looked quite adorable in the young Baron’s opinion, even though he’d never say so out loud) before he decided, “The rooms make sense, for the most part, and a wall around the property is a good idea as well, but look, Baron, on your plan, the kitchen is located be very close to the stables”, he said and pointed at the very chaotic collection of random rectangles and crooked lines that had been Devin’s attempt at a floorplan.

“If we build the manor that way, you’ll be dealing with the smell from the stables every time you open the kitchen windows which likely won’t be pleasant; and furthermore, you forgot to add rooms for your staff”, he added in a patient tone of voice, as if he were a teacher explaining something to a student before he quickly produced a pen and drew over Devin’s totally lacking floorplan. “When planning a house, you don’t just consider which rooms you need; the arrangement of the rooms in question is just as important. Lady Saoire suggested keeping the living quarters and guest rooms separate from the more formal rooms such as the meeting room and the ballroom, for example”, he said and showed Devin one of the papers that he had brought.

Meanwhile, Miranda and Marvin spread the various floorplans that Herman had brought out on the table. “Look, Baron”, Miranda said. “The old manor resembled a large tower. Do you want something similar? You could derive inspiration from it, as Herman said.”

“And here was the study”,
Marvin who had been entirely focused on his food so far said and pointed.

“I’d like to have something less foreboding”, Devin decided and made a face. He liked a little black, but the old manor had had entirely too much of it. “And I’d like to have a nice and big library in addition to a study, as you know”, he said before he eyed what was left of the cake appraisingly. He realized that he was still hungry. Or maybe, he was just getting hungry again!

Either way, he decided not to eat anything more even though he really wanted to, because some of the chocolate might get onto the papers and plans that Herman had brought.

Instead, he moved on to the next topic that they planned on discussing that trial – the materials. “I was thinking of marble – a mixture of black and white and grey marble. Are there any other marble colors?” he asked as he checked his notebook. “And that rainbow-colored wood – what is it called? Phoenix Wood? And something shiny for the roof”, he continued, beginning to ramble slightly. He was getting carried away!

“May I suggest adding a hint Gemmi Wood to the shingles, Baron?” Herman asked, his whiskers twitching slightly. “It has a beautiful metallic sheen and what more, it’s very sturdy and resistant to the elements.”

“Can we make them purple?”
Devin asked.

“That’s possible”, Herman said and grinned while Miranda and Marvin nodded enthusiastically. The Cadouri were quite accepting of Devin’s eccentric tastes. They loved colourful stuff.

“A tasteful dark kind of purple would look quite nice, mixed with a bit of black. I would not make the building itself out of marble though, but pick another stone that is a mixture of various shades of grey in colour. Marble would look quite nice on some of the interior elements though”, he decided, glanced at the old floorplan, at Devin’s sorry excuse for a floorplan and finally grabbed an empty piece of paper in order to note down a few suggestions.

“The interior is something that should be considered after we are done planning the exterior though”, Miranda interjected. “We can talk about that in more detail during our next meeting in Ashan. Now then”, Herman added and grinned. “I think I heard something about drinks?”

Miranda and Marvin immediately perked up.

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Appearance

  • Due to an encounter with a magical tree Devin has bright violet eyes.
  • Devin has fancy black claw-like nails. The Grafter Rakvald made them from the spines that grow on the dubaebo's back and attached them to Devin's hands.

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Devin owns a Ring of Reversal. He's always wearing it, unless stated otherwise.

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Player Name: Baron Devin Von Smooglethorn

Points awarded: 10 xp
Magic xp: none

Knowledge:

Discipline: Resisting the temptation to coo at Cadouri
Logistics: When planning a house, consider the arrangement of the rooms
Logistics: When planning a house, floorplans are helpful
Logistics: When planning a house, consider the exterior before the interior
Socialization: Persuading a visitor that your pet goat is harmless

Renown: 5
Loot: N/A
Injuries/Overstepping: None
Wealth Points: N/A

Skill Review: All Skills used appropriately to PC's level
Notes: Ahhhhhhhhh

The way this opened up with Devin's fascination with Cadouri, and having to grapple with the urge to coo at and pet them like little pets was hilarious. It was an interesting contrast between the noble Tarouz Devin and the down-to-earth and earnest cadouri, and seeing how they got on with a project together.

But for their differences, they seemed to share much of the same eccentric tastes as Devin, they even enjoyed the glowing breaded chicken! I think the cadouri were well represented here.

Thanks for providing the links to the NPC at Saoire's school. I've seen this particular NPC before, and it was played pretty true to their character. Well done!

Enjoy the rewards!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this review, feel free to PM. Enjoy your rewards!
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