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Episode 0412: The Worst Con in the History of Cons
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Hail friends,

This story concludes with little fanfare.

It has been 3 days since my public lynching on Stratics. The verbal outrage pointed in my direction may be a bit muted at this point, but my sources tell me that boycotts of both the Barter Town Casino and The Black Market (and Barter Town in general) are mobilizing as we speak. The torches and pitchforks are out in full force and I could swear there is a bounty hanging over my head. It's going to be rough to be a thief on Siege Perilous for the foreseeable future.

We jump back into the story now where Part 1 left off:

The box was initially secured 18 days prior to the theft, with exactly 88 items inside. Over subsequent visits, I watched it drop to 87, 86, and then 85. The count bottomed out at 81 before it slowly began to climb, eventually settling on 90 items by the time I got my greedy paws on it. The bad news was that the 12th Anniversary Ticket and Heritage Token were missing (among other lesser items). But the good news was that there was a brand new stack of various power scrolls in their place.

(You win some, you lose some.)

The initial outrage had been vocalized on Stratics for all the world to see and at the same time, some people in General Chat were cautioning Kattastrophe, advising her to hold off on taking the Blackjack deal until she was sure that I was the thief. Presumably, the idea was that I may have spotted the initial thread she started and decided to pretend to be the culprit in order to lure her to the casino under false pretenses and leech some gold out of her in the process. So I decide to put this rumor to rest and post a complete list of everything that was taken:

Power Scrolls
  • 120 Tactics
  • 120 Stealth
  • 120 Veterinary
  • 115 Meditation
  • 115 Stealth
  • 115 Animal Taming
  • 110 Musicianship
  • 110 Necromancy
  • 110 Stealing
  • 110 Peacemaking
  • 110 Mace Fighting x2
  • 110 Ninjitsu
  • 110 Meditation
  • 110 Veterinary
  • 105 Stealing x2
  • 105 Veterinary
Holiday Items
  • Happy Sixteenth Anniversary (horse)
  • Scrolls of Alacrity Book x2
  • A Mini House Deed
  • Claw Foot Tub x2
  • 16th Anniversary Silver Serving Tray
  • A Lobster Dinner x2
  • Candle Tray x2
  • 15th Anniversary Cake
  • Bowl of Flour
  • A Hand Written Note
  • A 2009 Holiday Card
  • An Anniversary Card x2
  • Sands of Sosaria (2000)
  • Sands of Sosaria (2003)
  • Marshmallow Duckling
  • An Easter Bunny Raised in Britain
  • Festive Tree x2
  • An Harpischord Roll
  • Red Stocking
  • Green Stocking
  • Red Candy Cane x5
  • Green Candy Cane x3
  • Gingerbread Cookie x5
  • A 2006 Holiday Card
  • A 2006 Holiday Card (rare white)
  • A 2009 Holiday Card
  • Recipe Scroll [Gingerbread Cookie] x2
  • Holiday Bags/Baskets/Gift Boxes x11
Other
  • A Codex of Virtue
  • Scroll of Transcendence 0.7 Imbuing
  • Large Stone Table (east) x2
  • Gargoyle Hourglass
  • Jaana's Staff


Ysabella takes great offense to this list:
Ysabella: After reading this thread I am almost speechless and thoroughly disgusted. Katt, I find that the only fault on your part is you being too trusting, and truly there is nothing wrong with that either. Chad, you knew you were taking great/too much/over the top advantage here and yet you still went through with it. Then you spread your blackened peacock feathers out and proudly display what you took. Even amongst thieves I have known, there is an honor system. Then, there is YOU. YOU, who wants to gamble the things away to her? YOU really are one sick puppy. The more I write, the angrier I am becoming, so I think I will stop now, but for this last thing..... Katt, I beseech you to rethink this, and play no part in this gambling farce! I know you want your things back, but this is just playing more deeply into Chad's hands, it's what he wants, he gets his kicks off it, and I really don't want to see you done wrong again. I am taking this list of his, and hope I can give back at least some of what he stole, back to you.
On one hand, if I don't post the list, then some people are left wondering if I'm an evil, opportunistic leech. On the other hand, if I do post the list, then I get accused of being a blackened peacock spreading his feathers. I guess you can't please everyone when you're the bad guy. And make no mistake, I am the bad guy in this tale.

In the end, Kattastrophe makes an executive decision and some cooler heads prevail, although they still seem to be in the minority:
Kattastrophe: Honestly, the only reason I was going to do the Black jack deal was because I didnt want you guys to give me items for my mistakes. I won't do the black jack deal for several reasons, I am a person that tries to do the right things, I thought that I was doing the right thing by doing the black jack deal, I guess not. so I am sorry. Along with this I do not want anyone giving me anything. This is my fault. I thank you all for standing up for me, as it really means a lot. Now I understand that doing the deal would be a mistake and to the people that gave me gold, I will return it asap, I just want all of you to know that I was just trying to do what was right. Have a wonderful day.
Freja: Katt, there is no shame in accepting stuff/money to help you get your stuff back or stuff to replace it. You do alot for the shard, now let us help you. I understand the ones who say, you should not do the Black jack deal but Chad may make more money from selling your items, so I see nothing wrong with this. We all make mistakes, you learned to be careful who to trust. I learned in the past, to double check, that I remember to Siege Bless my bow after I let Tina repair it. I know all are shotting at Chad now. I don't know him well enough to know if he really are that heartless or he only play with your feelings, like thieves love to do. I still believe it can get a good ending, even when Chad may make some gold from it. We are there for you and many of us do have more gold than we need. Go for it, don't let people tell you what to do, it is Siege and evil RP is allowed and if you can get it back for a mill or two, I gladly help with the gold. Lets stop making Siege to Trammel and play the game. A little Evil RP do not hurt, special not when she are offered a way to get her stuff back.
Incognito: He's admitted to the theft. He's given a way to get the items back, consistent with his character. I feel satisfied that Chad has lived up to his personal code of honor even if it does not match up with my own.
So with the Blackjack deal off the table and impending boycotts on the horizon, there was only one thing left to do:

(Ah, such is life.)



'Til next time!


-Chad Sexington

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