Forced into the fight by de Chevalier's rash but understandable reaction, we made quick and bloody work of the mercenaries. I wish we had avoided that, but we couldn't risk any of them escaping. There was one woman among them and she attacked Don Ramon who had already killed three opponents. I threw my knife and hit her in the neck, killing her, much to Don Ramon's chagrin. But the way I see it, if we are fighting to reach a goal there's no shame in ending the fight as quickly as possibly. I wouldn't dream of interfering in a duel or such, but this was different.
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Something Marcello did not see: Lucia had searched the belonging of the two women and among other things she found a silver ring with a big red gemstone on the finger of the woman Logan killed. She tried to slip it off, but it wouldn't budge. Neither spit nor oil helped and it quickly became clear that the only way to get the ring was to cut off the finger. Lucia's player balked at that, but de Vestini's player said he'd do it, but only if no-one saw him.
No, said the GM, there are way too many people in the cave, someone WILL see you. That should have been the end of it, but there actually was a discussion about it that quickly began to turn in circles. Ramon's player lost his temper, he's usually the last one to do that, and forcefully reminded everyone that we were supposed to play heroes. Bad enough that we had caused a bloodbath, but looting the bodies in such a way was not something we should even think about. The GM agreed, de Vestini's player did not and for a moment it seemed the group would have one of its meltdowns, but luckily de Chevalier's player simply carried on and we kind of glossed over the situation.
Endless discussions with the GM are a pet peeve of mine. I'm not saying that the GM is always right, but he does have the final say and it should be accepted. And this is not Shadowrun or D&D were our characters can kill without a second thought and then go on to snatch up the treasure left behind by the monsters. But at least no-one walked out on the group (yes, this had happened before).