"We will pay any price, bear any burden, support any friend and oppose any foe..."
Guild House Trent has been a part of Dogwood’s Corporate scene for the better part of a hundred years. In that time they’ve made a name for themselves in the cybernetics and projected force fields, producing a variety of useful military and non-military goods for trade, for their fellow Guilds and for the estates and towns of nobility. Populated by curious - some would say maverick - researchers and builders and led by a set of visionary Baronets, Guild House Trent pushed the envelope of the possible. They were always looking for the next break through, the better way to do things. Their engineers improved on old designs and produced some of the first new designs to come out of Dogwood since the onset of the Dark Age.
All of that changed with the Incident.
Rumors say that there was an explosion and gouts of sapphire blue and emerald green shot high into the sky. All official reports on the matter say was that an industrial accident occurred late in the evening when Baronet Connor Trent was inspecting a new project. The Baronet himself miraculously survived. Most of the personnel and equipment in the facility with him were not nearly so lucky.
To say that this was a blow to the family’s assets and finances would be a gross understatement. The accident cost the Guild House many of their best minds and gutted their primary production facility to the point where resuming business was simply not possible, at least in the medium term. To make matters worse, Connor - while physically in decent shape all things considered - had been incapacitated by the accident and the scope of the Guild’s losses. Some rumors say that he’s been out of sorts and acting strangely. While the doctors at the Queen Estelle hospital assured his children - Jericho and Gabrielle - that he would recover his incapacity came at a bad time. Corporate class politics can be quite cutthoat and the suited sharks were already starting to circle.
To prevent a hostile takeover - some flavors of which are more hostile than others - Jericho Trent in his capacity as Guild Factor took the highly unusual step of announcing recently that he will be moving many of the Guild House’s remaining assets and bannermen - seventy percent by some counts - out of the city of Dogwood and pivoting to a new business model.
It’s a clever move, most agree. It’s immensely complicated by the fact that Jericho is not the Baronet, even though he is at present leading the Guild House. For now, though, it’s working.
How long that will last remains to be seen.
Self Exiled Frontier Factor
Jericho’s Guild House is in trouble and Jericho himself has resorted to some extreme and unusual means to preserve it. While his sister is keeping an eye on his father and helping keep up appearances in the Baron’s Court and with the Crown, he’s trying to rebuild the family’s power base in a deeply unsafe part of the nation.
Invoke: To leverage Jericho’s acumen, contacts and talents in his efforts to recruit allies, rebuild his Guild House and preserve their charter.
Compel: For Guild House Trent’s rivals to make plays at inopportune moments and for the dangerous nature of life out on the frontier to throw wrenches into the works.
It might be necessary but it isn’t pretty. Jericho has usurped a great deal of his father’s authority in order to do what he feels needs to be done and in so doing he’s pushed Connor out of a lot. That presents all kinds of problems from paperwork issues to legal issues to potential family issues.
Invoke: To make use of Jericho’s authority within his own Guild House both with his own bannermen and with rivals and potential allies.
Compel: For resistance and political maneuvering to complicate things. For Jericho’s father and his father’s supporters to challenge him and for his reputation and de-facto leader status to cast a pall over his dealings or his Guild’s business.
Thicker Than Water
Jericho and his younger sister Gabrielle are close and they always have been. The two work well together. She’s a clever, outspoken, opinionated and driven. She backed her brother’s quiet takeover of Guild House affairs and his radical plan to relocate the Guild’s assets. Now she is the family’s main face in Dogwood and her brother’s eyes and ears. Officially she’s there to assist her father. Unofficially she’s there to watch him while the Guild tries to pick up the pieces of their old production operation. Gabrielle is her own woman and she’s not shy about letting her brother know when she thinks he’s wrong. Moreover, she’s in an awkward situation and has even less to work with than Jericho in some ways which could backfire on her spectacularly especially with her tell it like it is attitude. It hasn’t yet. But the risk is very real.
Invoke: Jericho and Gabrielle are quite close and they always have been. To enlist his sister’s assistance, or when assisting or aiding her in any way.
Compel: For Gabby to disagree with her brother, decide to do things her own way or get in enough trouble that Jericho feels the need to get involved. Gabby would be wonderful leverage against Jericho if anyone ever decided to go that route.
The Last of Us
Jericho has taken charge of most of what’s left of Guild House Trent for the present. While that’s less than it has been - much less - it’s a lot more than most of the lower classes could ever dream of. In theory all of these resources are at his command. In practice nearly all of them have to go into rebuilding the Guild’s economic base or Jericho’s grip on the Guild - and possible the Guild itself - will be short lived.
Invoke: For Jericho to bring the resources of his Guild House to bear on a problem, to take care of his people and to lead, comfort or rally those who answer to him or look to him.
Compel: For there to be dissension in the ranks, unexpected problems, resource shortages and pressing business or issues that simply will not wait.
Policy By Other Means
Jericho is no stranger to conflict. Most of the conflict he’s used to is economic but far from all of it. He’s been involved in protecting his Guild House’s assets from caravan raiders in the past and he has a moderate reputation as a duelist on those occasions where something more formal has been required. He’s not what anyone is going to call an experienced fighter - especially not compared to many of the nobility - but he’s seen enough action that he can be considered ‘blooded’ and he’s not averse to using ‘other means when he thinks they’re necessary.
Invoke: To leverage his skill at small scale combat or his reputation as a scrapper in his favor. After all, sometimes the best fight is the one you don’t have to fight.
Compel: Having a reputation as a fighter means that people prepare for that possibility. Some might seek to goad him into taking unwise actions or he might have to deal with someone’s star duelist. Being willing to ‘go to the mattress’ also means that people are apt to be be preemptive when considering moving in a direction he might oppose and some Corporate and Noble types see it as ‘uncouth’ on top of all that.
Minor Gateway: Augmentic Implants (Cost 1)
Jericho never suffers increased difficulty or penalties on Shoot or Athletics rolls due to lack of proper tools or inclement conditions.
Micro Field Generator (Cost 1)
A small implanted force field generator activates with mental stress. May gain armor 5 for a scene for 1 mental stress or Armor 4 for the scene for 2 mental stress. Either option adds +1 to worn armor (but not powered armor or similar systems).
Minor Gateway: RPA Basic (Cost 1)
Jericho may use Drive to pilot powered armor and robots.
Sentinel Mark I (Cost 4)
Armor 3, Weapon 2 unarmed fight attacks, +2 physique for overcome actions requiring raw strength. Head: Environmental Scanning Suite: Notice 4 Torso: Heavy Duty Gyro Stabilization: Drive 3/Stealth 1 Back: Power Field Generator: Can absorb 2 stress from an attack so long as an aspect like ‘Power Fields Charged’ is on the Sentinel. This aspect can be invoked to absorb 4 stress, after which it is consumed. Any such aspects can be removed by opponents as normal. Left Arm: Stormsword - Weapon 4 Fight Attacks Right Arm: Twin Rotary Mass Driver Cannon - Weapon 5 or Weapon 4 Spray Legs: Redundant Power Routing Systems - +2 to create advantages using Drive when jumping, leaping or changing elevation.
On Patrol, Natsu and Jericho talk strategy and tactics
The countermeasure Jericho and Natsuki have been searching is found. Now, they need to use it. It's never quite that simple though, is it?
The demons finally make their move against the Taniguchi-Trent forces.
It's the quiet before the storm and Jericho and Natsuki try to relax.
With an impending demon attack expected sooner than later, Jericho, Natsuki and Baldur go over plans for battle preparation.
Jericho and Natsu speak to Kai about the worsening situation in Dogwood
Stella brings a few extra surprises with her shipment, direct from Vesper. Now if only the Baronet can persuade the higher-ups that help from Vesper in general might be beneficial for them all.
Concerns about a trap aren't completely unfounded as Jericho, Natsuki, Baldur and Elpida head out to trace the source of a signal from a missing knight.
With war brewing with an unknown foe, Dogwood mobilises. The Trent / Taniguichi party gets a visitor
Natsuki gets to put her Cat through some paces in a real situation .
Preparations for the new Factory opening are well underway
In the aftermath of the attack on Natsu, Elpida gets an interesting offer
Being on Natsu's bodyguard detail is a challenge. Elpida is forced to face off against dark elves.
Natsu and Jericho review the Serpent Club documenation and discuss membership
Ghost comes looking for Natsu and Elpida with a strange ... request
Jericho and Natsu get an invitation to the Serpent Lodge. So does Elpida
A routine patrol of the Puma's becomes ... exciting
A chance encounter at the Richmond Run, earns a chance invitation
Natsuki takes Gabrielle on a road trip to find a solution for the Psi-Stalkers
Natsuki and Gabrielle finally ... talk. About things.
There's a bit to discuss after the Ball but Vos of the Psi-Stalkers has requested an audience.
Faces from all over come to enjoy themselves at the Taniguchi's for a fancy winter ball, along with some royal distractions.
Gabrielle thinks she's found the key to finding the countermeasure and makes a request of Natsuki that's not received well.
Even with a Ball to organise, Natsuki and Jericho still have to locate the countermeasure and they have paintings to inspect.
Preparations for the ball continue and Gabrielle brings news that they might know how to find the countermeasure
Jericho and Gabrielle surprise Natsuki with their music.
Jericho and Natsuki retreat to her cabin in the moutains for the night where Natsuki reveals her fears about becoming a bot pilot.
Jericho attracts some interesting attention from another D-Bee noble within Dogwood before not quite calling another noble out to duel him.
Debriefing and relaxing after the Harvest Ball, Jericho and Natsuki make plans
Investigating the Puma's Den that has appeared on their land, Jericho and Natsuki discover something interesting.
An entire facility of some sort has just appeared seemingly nowhere and onto the Taniguchi's front lawn. Jericho, Natsuki, Stella and Baldur head in to investigate.
The start of the Season in Dogwood is marked by a Ball. The newly minted Baronet Trent finds he draws a lot of attention from certain people.
Thaddeus Saltzpyre, Duke of the North, has an interesting request for Jericho. Jericho has a counter offer that leaves Natsu curious.
Something triggers alarms on the outskirts of the Taniguchi lands. Jericho and Natsuki respond in the new Puma ... to find another one and a demon ...
Natsuki is summoned to speak with Countess Lorna Crowley.
With concerns of demons coming down from the mountains soon, Jericho and Natsuki gather trusted associates to talk of preparation.
Following the trail to the next Psi-Stalker settlements, what Jericho and Natsuki find is ... unnerving.
Jericho and Gabrielle discuss what's happening and put plans in place. A psi-stalker arrives unannounced.
Jericho asks for some assistance with the new Puma. The results are unexpected.
Elpida starts the search for the Wine the Satyr was looking for.
Preparations for the annual Tournament in Dogwood are abruptly disrupted by Stella's unwanted scrap buddy, not only compromising the technically enhanced, but calling a certain Puma's attention...
Jericho and Natsuki pay Varos a visit to update him on things in Dogwood and speak of potential promising business.
Seeking to make amends, Natsuki speaks with Gabrielle. The conversation does not go as she expected.
As she'd said, Natsuki's set up a meeting for Jericho and the others and the Crown Prince to warn him of the potential danger he's in, and to work on getting ahead of the Baronet.
Things have been busy at the Trent Factory, and Jericho calls Natsuki and Varos over to discuss his most latest findings regarding his father's next move.
A letter from Connor Trent comes for Natsu. The letter itself contains a spell - one that has Natsu playing the 'fairy princess' to Jericho's 'dark knight'. Spoiler: It doesn't end well for Connor.
An attempt on The Factory to recover Natsu reveals some chilling information
A group of Jericho's people defect from Connor
With aid from Vesper's Armsmen being slim, Jericho finds himself open to any other means to gain the upperhand on his father's faction, and Varos has a suggestion.
With Natsuki back in Dogwood and Jericho currently at the Taniguchi manor, Varos comes to make his report to them concerning his findings at the Trent Facility. As a bonus, he gets to meet Natsu's grandmother.
Waylaid on his way home by the Hunter Demon, Jericho is saved ... by an Elf.
IC date: January 06, 2411 | Cast: Jericho Trent
Natsuki receives a visitor at the Restorium ... and discusses when she can return home.
Natsuki's held in the Restorium and Dogwood Agents of the Crown decide it's time to remove the creature that's corrupted her.
Varos stops by Jericho's Factory to drop a bombshell regarding Natsuki and Baronet Trent.
With an invite out to dinner with the charming Baronet of Guild House Trent, Natsu goes on the attack. Pity she ends up caught in her own trap.
Natsu's contact has managed to restore enough of the book she gave them. The answers ... might be helpful.
A visit to the Duke of the North brings some valuable information to Natsuki and Jericho.
Natsuki delivers some intelligence to Jericho, with some not so good news.
How does Jericho take the news that Natsuki is having second thoughts about spying on his father?
Connor Trent continues his attention to Natsuki and the part-elf is left feeling very confused
Anna Karenenova is at again - another meeting with Varos, this time with Double Trouble.
A dinner date with Connor Trent doesn't go as Natsuki planned. It seems, the tables are flipped on her.
With a trip into the Appalachians looming, Natsuki seeks Jericho out to see if there isn't another way they can accomplish things.
Jericho goes over his further findings regarding the data spill the robo-Puma delivered to Stella and Baldur. The location of origin looks a bit shifty...
Following up on the matter of the wayward robotic puma, Jericho, Natsuki, Stella and Baldur attempt to draw it out so they can work out more to this puzzle.
After meeting yet again with Connor, Natsuki seeks Jericho out to find out how he feels about certain things ... it's not a comfortable discussion.
Natsu seeks Jericho out to discuss what his Father told her and work out a way forward.
Natsu starts negotiations with Guild House Geerson and shares her findings from the Royal Archives.
Jericho proves his ability with a blade for a bet, and takes on Natsuki and Baldur for a two-on-one.
Jericho requests use of the Taniguchi maintenance bays and the pair review the data Stella's piece of tin uploaded to the computers.
Natsuki has found information on the Puma's. It's not much and it raises even more questions.
Natsuki is summoned to lunch with the Trent siblings ... who have considered her offer.
Natsuki's been avoiding Jericho but when her car breaks down, that plan fails.
A bungled delivery to the Taniguchi Manor ends up with a truck hijack.
With Jarvin dealt with, Jericho and Natsu share that bottle of wine she promised.
Natsuki shares her impression of Jericho's Fathers visit. Jericho gifts Natsuki with a book - on pumas.
An unexpected visit from Baronet Trent with unexpected results
A meeting with Psi-Stalkers is interrupted ... by ... surprise, surprise ... Demons
An unidentified D-Bee trespasser prompts a response from Dogwood, and turns into a barbecue gathering.
Natsuki gets a message to meet with one of her Holders about the work Jericho wants to do. The pair are ambushed.
A floating set of ashcans and more consternation for Stella
Natsuki and Jericho pay Varos another visit to discuss their findings regarding everyone's favorite stalker, as well as propose a strategy to help shut down Jarvin's resources.
Following a lead on Javin, Jericho ends up confronting ... something in a warehouse in Dogwood
IC date: April 08, 2410 | Cast: Jericho Trent
Armed with a name as dropped by one of the hapless Red Band gang members, Varos seeks out one of his more colorful contacts for information and advice in this game he's become caught up in. (Emits by Jericho and Natsuki)
Jericho's attempt to reach The Griffin yields results ... sort of.
IC date: April 07, 2410 | Cast: Jericho Trent
Pressure needs to be applied to Guild House Corrino to sell the Lucky Strike Mine ... a Gala is just the place to do it.
Natsuki gets her new car delivered and Stella has a surprise for everyone
One of the Guild House Trent caravans is attacked on Taniguchi lands. After responding in force, Jericho and Natsuki do some investigation.
Jericho has news for Natsu ... about a Panther mech, or parts of it anyway.
Yet more trouble finds its way to Varos' clothing shop due to Natsuki's obsessive stalker, however the tables are turned and the threat becomes threatened.
Maddy returns from Greywall and gets new marching orders. Stella gets a job and Varos gets bad news.
Keeping watch over Greywall, a newcomer and ... something attacks. (Emits by Jericho and Natsuki)
Dogwood's dynamic duo decide to do a bit of baiting with a certain mine's CEO with the help of a conveniently crafty clothier.
A day trip to Vesper to investigate the Lucky Strike Mine turns into desperate drive for their lives for Jericho and Natsuki.
Javins artwork has been delivered. Jericho and his auditors arrive to analyse it.
Natsuki, Jericho and Varos find out that even hired killers would rather not get mixed up in the business of obsessive stalkers.
A visit to an Art Exhibition brings Natsuki and Jericho face to face with their potential stalker. Maybe. They certainly bait the bear enough to find out ...
Greg seeks Natsuki out for a favour. She can't so no, anyway.
Back in Goulet Fine Pens and Paper Natsuki, along with Jericho, meet with the enthusiasts and pick up a lead.
With the rest of the Vesper miscreants sent on their way, Stella gets a personal meeting with the King and the Custodian of the City. (Emits by Jericho and Natsuki)
A mission from an elder dragon leads a team of companions to an ancient, underground subway station in Dogwood, where they find more trouble than they had bargained for...
Stella goes looking for two great drivers to get some advice and finds them. (Emits by Natsuki and Jericho)
Jericho and Natsuki make some casual enquiries at Buy the Bye ... whilst a Druid decides to try out all the shiny weapons.
Jericho and Gabrielle pay Natsuki a visit ... and information comes to light about the letters that have been received.
Stella delivers the package that Greg gave her and has to wait for a response.
Comtesse Lorna Crowley calls together mercernaries to help with the Demon incursions.
A visit to a tailors in Vesper results in a fragrant message being delivered to the Dogwood visitors.
A big demon incursion has 'contractors' responding.
Stella receives a visit from her favourite Agent of the Crown who exerts some gentle pressure on the woman.
A demon attack on the walls of Guild House Trents Factory reveals 'George'. Or at least, that's what Natsuki calls him.
Jericho is ambushed on his way back to The Factory
IC date: December 24, 2409 | Cast: Jericho Trent
With a contract to review and information on the attack on the Taniguchi lands, Natsuki and Jericho catch up.
Another trip to the most likely location for the new Guild House Trents factory and Zelda decides to up the stakes in the negotions - to both Jerichos and Natsuki's discomfit.
It's that time of the month - time to review the Estate accounts. Zelda and Natsuki catch up and receive an interesting visitor