I’m including Erieonn on this log incase in case he decides to walk with me after we leave Patronia’s house. If he does I’d like to ask him to share his sources with me.
As soon as the meeting has ended with Erieonn and Patronia, Duru heads to speak with Cornelius Junius. Obviously I look to work my way up to questioning the old man. Starting with small talk and giving him plenty of time to ramble off into a story or two. Then when he seems to be in a good mood I’d like to ask him… “Cornelius, we have known each other for many years and always I have enjoyed your stories. I come to you know out of fear that someone within our fair town is infringing upon the free people’s god given rights to provide for their families. A rumor has reached my ears that someone may be using thug tactics to force businesses to pay a protection fee. Obviously, I will not ask that you testify openly only that you whisper into my ear so that I may seek out proof of this person’s wrong doings.”
I have a +5 in Diplomacy and assume that this information could result in punishment so I guess I’ve got about a 50/50 chance provided you give me the starting DC of 0 saying that my being a local and ‘know him quite well’. I’d like you to role the check for me… it just feels more real life if I don’t have a clue. While you’re at it I would appreciate if you could role a sense motive check following at a +7 to see if he’s lying. If he actually tells me that the rumor is true but fails to mention a name then I’ll reiterate that I do not wish to see him called into the public eye. Then I will obviously ask him for the person’s name. In any case I will thank him for once again for taking the time to speak with me and inform him that as far as I’m concerned we never spoke regarding any rumors.