Zolis returns to your yurt the next day and tells you the Khan and the buo (shaman) Nergui will see you.
The khan's tent is unsurprisingly large and impressive and filled with painted warriors, half naked concubines and trophies of personal combat and adventures. Tayang is middle aged and scarred but handsome for an orc. Nergui is short and squat and barely visible beneath all the feathers, talons, bones and brightly colored robes. Something sinister seems to leak off the buo — not evil necessarily, but eldritch and powerful and old. You know the orcish religion is deep into ancestor worship and some think they are necromancers.
Tayand greets you with a broad smile and asks "What can Khan do for Margrave?" with a broad smile. Laughter erupts in the tent.
James Fletcher: Nud laughs. He didn't realize he was a fan of orc political commentary humor until now.
Finger S Back: I scan the room for hidden guards/assasins. I position myself to be as close and as direct a path to the shamon as I can without being hostile or obvious. Is zolis still with us?
George Kontoleon: Fah will cover said scanning and potential movement by formally/grandly introducing himself and the rest of the Guard to the Khan, taking time to regale the room with notes on victories in combat like the Marilith and the hell hounds and false men, etc… (and the let them know fighting us is Death).
This should allow us to move about and end up in a different position if need be. During the introduction, Fah will note that Klog has the honor of being the resident sub 60 seconds – Slayer of Sheep Thieves.
George Kontoleon: "Your sincere deference to OUR Margrave is noted – it is only through adherence, most strict, to the rule of law, that we all remain at peace and safe from the evils of chaos and the rivers of blood from war.
“Margrave Dupre dispatched us to observe and gain an understanding of the situation so we may provide a rational and impartial assessment of the situation. We arrived with no preconceived notions on motives or intent. We're just here to understand the facts and then provide this information to OUR Margrave. If we, under the Full Authority of Law, find a simple solution that will enable tensions to be reduced – we are duly authorized to act. But for right now, we observe and question the actions of both sides of the dispute.
"Please correct me if I make a factual error. I observe that you've currently creating an encampment on lands that were ceded to the Dwarven people by the lawful authority of the High King. You have accepted, or at least not exceeded until recently, the territorial boundaries allotted by the King. This encampment, and its current inhabitants, does not have the permission of the Dwarven people to exist.
"Before we continue into the motivations of your people and the expected impact of your decisions – have I made a factual error in any of my current observations?”
[DM] You talk a lot, human. I bet you are a nobleman. You were born high and so you think you are high. I was born low — an uyghur — so you think I am low. Look around. Do you see my warriors? My women? Do you think these are the things of a low man?
George Kontoleon: Ignoring the obvious bait, "Great – now that we're done with the pleasantries – I'll ask you a direct question, Khan – If the Dwarves found something of value under the ground in the OrcMarch – and just decided to tunnel under your feet and take it – because they whined that the High King didn't give them land with enough mineral wealth – would you think their actions were fair and just? Would you think their leader was raised high and noble – or a common thief?"
(OOC: assuming he not an idiot and recognizes – even if he won't admit it – the truth of the matter, when Kallista brings up the AD he'll have to decide if he wants to have other rightously steal from him based on his decision to pilfer land or remove his troops to prove he respects the law that would eventually protect his people and his wealth… If I can get him to think it's his idea and he's bested me – we're golden.)
"I thought you said you would speak directly, nobleman. Your kind gave us lands empty and valueless to you. Your kind were too soft to take the lands of the fey. Orcs are warriors unchained and without battles to fight, with only dirt to scratch life from, we might as well remain in chains.
Finger S Back: Is fighting and war all that orcs are? Are such a proud race so single minded and self limiting?
Ian Eller Not all battles are wars, girl.
Finger S Back: You are correct. There are more battles then just war. There are also more ways then fighting battles to prove your worth. Regardless of the type of fight, that is all orcs seem to know or want. Perhaps you should broaden your views and look for somethinf besides a great battle to achieve what it is you want for your people. Or are you just interested in showing your greatness and have little care for the future of your people and tribe?
Chris Hudson: I'm sizing up the shaman and attempting to determine what his tradition is like, and what sorts of abilities he might have.
Ian Eller Definitely divine in nature but it smells like necromancy.
Chris Hudson Well, everyone makes their own choices. Unless you're in our party, where you're subject to arbitrary moral discrimination.
Chris Hudson I just said that out loud, didn't I?
George Kontoleon "Don't ever paint US with the same brush as those who you think slighted you. We are here to help – to try and save as many orc lives as possible – and restore your noble warrior image with the other Marchs – who mostly now look up this encampment with disgust and think you nothing but savages and thieves – a people to be dealt with not a people to do business with.
"My straight talking friend has a proposition – to both enrich your peoples coffers and use your natural warrior skills to increase your prestige with the other Marchs."
(cue Kallista and the Bounty hunter program. Before we talk AD – we should just make sure Khan is okay with who is in the room)
Ian Eller The bounty on monsters proposal is extremely well received by the orcs. The more Kallista explains it, the louder the orcs get and the bigger the Khan's grin. Horns of "ybix mead" (don't ask; it gets orcs drunk) are passed around and there is lots of cross talk about griffons and giant spiders and whether elves are included. Finally, the Khan quiets everyone down and says. "This is good. Zolis, you will be Marshal. Yes?"
George Kontoleon "I think She would make an excellent choice to be a Marshall"
Chris Hudson Do we need to do anything else to make the Marshals a reality?