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So a little background. The roleplay is based on the tv Highlander series, where there are Watchers. Suddenly, all of the Immortals are being drawn to New Orleans, but they don't know why. Some of the Watchers are following them, but otherwise, a call has gone out to any Watchers not otherwise employed, to come to help. This scene is around a real Texas Hold 'em game that I am running (no real money, and bots are also playing). The idea is that a scene of poker is played, and then a roleplay scene. Let me know, if you think it is working! I am beta-testing a system this month, August 2021 . You can contact me for more info. Should I post the other roleplays in this same thread, or should I start a different thread, for the Immortals characters, when they are playing? (Does anybody know how this forum is SUPPOSED to work? 😉 ) Thanks in advance, for reading and opinionating. Watchers Poker Game 1 [12:35] Eliot Campbell looked to see who might be overhearing. No one else except the other Watchers is around, though, so he spoke freely. "Lots of Immortals coming into New Orleans now, and no one really knows what it means." [12:38] Eliot Campbell continued, when noone else spoke. "I mean, a LOT. I have calls from New York, Paris, all over the world. Watchers say that the Immortals they're watching are just packing up and leaving to come here. We can't even keep up with them all." He looked over his shoulder again. [13:47] Apple asked, sitting right beside him, while others were not listening, "Why can't you just assign me someone then, if there are so many Immortals coming in? Why am I still between jobs?" She put down the cards in her hands. "I got nothing. I'm out." [13:49] Eliot Campbell said, "It's not so simple, Apple. For one thing, there's still the matter of your review. They're taking a long time with it, but it still hasn't been finished. You know that." He checked his cards. [13:51] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is TWO PAIR = Jacks Twos kicker = Queen [13:51] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [13:51] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Hasse $360 [13:52] Apple hmphed. "OK, I get that. But really, I didn't do so much wrong." She looked at her new hand with interest and placed a bet. [13:54] Eliot Campbell grimaced but raised the pot. "Apple, we take an oath to not interfere. You had a relationship with the Immortal you were supposed to watch. That's a thing." [13:56] Apple sighed again. "I know, I know, but I have found out that it is not all that uncommon. I didn't actually interfere in anything. I didn't give him any information or anything like that. I don't even talk to him anymore." [13:57] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is TRIP = Jacks Ace Ten [13:57] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [13:57] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: emmiedee (Apple) $660 [13:58] Eliot Campbell sighed in return. "I'll see what I can do." He put his cards down on the table in the final round. "I'm down $200 and I gotta fold." [13:59] Apple checked her hand again and the cards on the table. Two jacks in her hand, another on the table, and an ace. She raised her bet and waited for the other two players to check. And she won! Six hundred and sixty bucks! [14:02] Eliot Campbell smiled. "Now, aren't you glad you came?" He picked up his new cards to see a depressing hand. [14:04] "Black woman at a white man's poker game. Not the way I would have imagined spending my Wednesday night." Apple checked her new hand. It looked good. She looked again around the table and saw white male faces, with only one other woman present. None of them seemed to be paying the slightest bit of attention to her conversation with Eliot. [14:05] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is FULL HOUSE = Kings over Eights [14:05] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:05] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Hasse $580 [14:10] Eliot Campbell looked at Apple directly, also realizing that no one else can really hear them, in the din of the game. "So the question they're going to have for me is, how do they know they can trust you, if they assign you someone else? Where do you draw the line, is what they are going to want to know." He put another hand of cards down in disgust. [14:11] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is PAIR = Nines Ace Queen Four [14:11] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:11] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: emmiedee (Apple) $65 [14:13] Apple smiled as she won with a pair of 9s and an Ace in hand. She couldn't believe she kept winning. But Eliot's question bothered her. She'd asked herself that same question. Why did she get involved with him? REALLY? [14:15] Eliot Campbell noticed her apprehension and couldn't tell if it was the cards in her hand or her thoughts. He pushed her further. "What should I tell them, Apple?" [14:18] Apple took a deep breath. "Tell them that I made a mistake. Tell them I understand now, the importance of not getting to know them better. I was young. I didn't see the harm." [14:19] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is TRIP = Threes Ace Jack [14:19] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:19] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Chatelaine (Eliot) $635 [14:21] Eliot Campbell laid his cards down and won the pot with three threes. He heard what Apple was saying, and he knew he shouldn't complicate matters. She WAS young. "The important thing, Apple, is not to let them know that we exist." [14:24] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is PAIR = Aces Queen Jack Eight [14:24] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:24] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Hasse $385 [14:24] Apple replied, "We know THEY exist. How is that fair?" She raised her bet. [14:26] Eliot Campbell nodded. "That is ALL we have on them. We know they exist. And they are powerful, and they are immortal. We need to know everything we can about them. It's not fair to start with. You can't think that way." [14:28] Apple decided to ask him a pointed question. "Have you ever been friends with an Immortal? or loved one? or... Do you understand anything about how I feel?" [14:30] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is TRIP = Eights King Ten [14:30] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:30] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: emmiedee (Apple) $195 [14:31] Eliot Campbell looked deeply at his cards. "Yes, and yes. In fact, I am friends with several Immortals. But I never let anyone know about this organization." [14:32] Apple studied her own cards and raised her bet. Not a bad hand. But yes, Eliot was right. That was the thing that she had the most trouble explaining. Why did she tell Clay about the Watchers organization? Others had been shot for less, and she knew it. [14:33] Eliot Campbell saw that it was only he and Apple left playing against each other this hand. He decided not to raise his bet, just in case she was going to lose. He felt so bad, that he could not offer her the position back until he had been told he could. [14:36] Apple noticed that Eliot was not raising the bet, and she was glad. It's not the best hand, three eights. But when she laid her cards down, she had won again. She was going to leave the table, if she didn't blow it, with four times more money than she came with. She briefly contemplated being a professional poker player instead of a Watcher. [14:39] Eliot Campbell asked Apple, "So where are you staying? I can at least offer you a room, since you came here at our call. It's not much, but it's a bunk and small kitchen area. It's a shared room, in the hostel, until we can find something else. But like I was saying, there is such an influx into the city, I can't find places to rent, in the budget." [14:43] Apple nodded. "That would be more than I have now. I have a room for tonight in the Madison. It was the only place I could find, and they only had one room open. I worry less now about paying for it." She looked at the pile of loot beside her. [14:47] Eliot Campbell checked his watch. "If you can wait 15 minutes," he told Apple, "I can take you over there. But it's just across the road, if you don't want to wait." He fished a ring of keys out of his pocket and took one key off the ring, handing it to her. "It's #13 of the Swamp Hostel. Second floor. Has a 'Krewe of the Lily' doormat out front, to mark it." [14:48] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is STRAIGHT = Jack high [14:48] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:48] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Billy $310 [14:54] Apple folded her new hand immediately. "Swamp Hostel? Only in New Orleans. Is it as bad as it sounds?" [14:55] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is PAIR = Kings Ace Queen Nine [14:55] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is PAIR = Kings Ace Queen Nine [14:55] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 2 [14:55] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Hasse $145 [14:55] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Anna $145 [14:55] Eliot Campbell continued throwing his chips into the pot uselessly. It seemed to make him feel better. "Yeah, about. But it's clean. I helped clean it and get the furniture in it myself. Now, who knows who else will need to stay there, but for now, it's all yours alone. Until next week, when we have more Watchers coming in, who probably will need a place to stay." [14:59] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winning hand is TWO PAIR = Jacks Tens kicker = Eight [14:59] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Winners = 1 [14:59] V&L Limit Round Poker whispers: Anna $185 [15:02] Apple decided to play the last hand of the night and put her chips in. But fate wasn't having it, and she folded with the next turn. She gathered her money up and put it in order in her purse under the table. She had won more than $900 in a game she hadn't even wanted to come to. She looked forward to getting back to the expensive hotel for one night and having a bath. [15:17] Eliot Campbell finished the evening's game and walked Apple across the street to the hostel. He waited until she checked her key, then followed her inside while she looked around. [15:18] Apple noticed that there are no curtains on the windows. "So this could get pretty uncomfortable, with more people," she said. Then seeing his expression, said, "I know, I know, it's supposed to only be temporary, while we find more local places." [15:19] Eliot Campbell said, "Look at it this way, you have a nice hotel tonight, and when you come back here tomorrow, you'll have some quiet time to put your things away. Then come see me at the Club. We'll see what we can do for you." [15:21] Apple shut the lights back down and locked the doors up. She saw her own hotel for the night right down the street. "OK," she said, "I'm going for a long bath now, and order room service with some of this money I just made." She smiled at Eliot to show him there were no hard feelings. [15:21] Eliot Campbell Eliot smiled back. "Can I walk you to your hotel? New Orleans can be pretty dangerous." Apple nodded. "You can stand there and make sure I get into the hotel lobby," she said, pointing to the entrance down the street. Eliot said, "I can sure do that. Take care and we'll talk later this week." Apple walked off, then looked back and waved as the doorman opened the way to the bright expensive lobby.