((just a heads up, i cant be there. Working. Go on without me!))
RE: The Hilt - Meeting For New And Potential Members/ List of Sought Skills
So, last night we were confronted with a conundrum. Aidan asked Francisco, who owes Aidan a debt, to perform a task in order to pay it off. Frank refused. When his own clan tried to get him to comply, Aidan, justifiably, took back his request as he rightfully surmised his request had been compromised.
You see, upon Aidan requesting the repayment and being refused, Frank went running off to his clanmates TJ and Angelo who told him he needed to pay it off. Frank then SWORE he told them nothing about what the task was. Expecting us all, I guess, to take the word of a word-breaker as gospel. He also said he was incapable of performing the task as it was “not my set of skills.”
The task that was asked of him, which Aidan later revealed publicly, was to tell Aidan if Angelo spoke of harming Aidan again. That’s it. Nothing more. Requires no other skills other than listening and speaking, something I have seen Frank capable of. So, no, it wasn’t that he was without any special skills to perform the task, he just didn’t want to and refused to pay his debt. I can’t blame Aidan for trying to cover his ass either. Angelo has already tried to attack him once, in public, I imagine him wanting to know if any other threats existed is not beyond the pale.
Later, when Aidan poked his finger into Francisco’s chest, cries about Mr. Johnson’s “rule” that violence in the Market is justified were sent up,trying to make it look like Aidan was about to break it, or goad Frank into breaking it. As if a poke to the chest of anyone is breaking Pax Vampirica- which is the rule of ELYSIUM in the Camarilla. Not the Night Market. Frank went so far as to say his past actions, which have us all wondering if we have a murder hobo in our midst, get a pass as they occurred before Johnson put his foot down.
I reminded him that the rule is in place NOW because the murder hobos have no common sense (then or now) and that protecting the Masquerade was ALWAYS a rule. That calling attention to the meeting place of Cainites has ALWAYS been a rule. Having to write it down was because these knuckleheads can’t think independently.
All of this is clear cherry picking. Calling upon and embellishing the rule of “justifiable violence only” then blatantly ignoring other rules is cherry picking. You can’t invoke one rule to try to get an advantage and ignore another.
The other rule that is being ignored is the following:
“Record and pay your debts. We’re here to trade freely and ensure what needs done is done. If you fail to pay your debts…well, imagine the best day ever, followed by the worst thing imaginable happening to you…and know that I’ll do that, but with some additional creative flare. Doubt me? Take a closer look at that burn spot over there. Yes, that one - right there.”
So, I know I for one will not be entering into any debt with Francisco, neither should anyone else. If you do and the requirements for pay off are refused by him, either because he doesn’t want to do it or claims he hasn’t got the skills (Which, to remind you all, that is not an excuse. If you can’t do something, find someone who can. Simple. That is how this works.) then you have no one but yourself to blame.
I also say that should you be requested to pay off a boon and you refuse, the timer for when they expire is reset. I say this because if I owe a boon and refuse to repay it over and over until it expires…then the person I owe loses the boon. Not completely fair, don’t you think?
Mr. Johnson, as keeper of The Book and the favors therein, make it so.
Honestly, seeing what I saw last night, I can see some “clever” Cainite trying this. So, I as Baron, am nipping it in the bud, right now.
Felicia O’Neill. Baron