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+ADw-/o:shapelayout+AD4APA-/xml+AD4APAAhAFs-endif+AF0---+AD4- +ADw-/head+AD4- +ADw-body bgcolor+AD0-white lang+AD0-EN-US link+AD0-blue vlink+AD0-blue style+AD0-'tab-interval:.5in'+AD4- +ADw-div class+AD0-Section1+AD4- +ADw-p class+AD0-MsoNormal+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-Attempting to ENABLE moderation in the current room...+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4APA-i+AD4APA-u+AD4-Server Administrator+ADw-/u+AD4--+ACY-gt+ADsAPA-/i+AD4APA-/b+AD4- This channel is now moderated+ADw-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) TaliesinNYC+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(391) DM: (in the morning...)+ADw-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn meditates on her arcane energies, her legs crossed as she sits on her bed. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (446) Git heads downstairs to rouse his comrades, which some knocking on their doors +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch makes his way down to the tavern after Git arouses him. +ACY-quot+ADs-Yeah yeah, I'm a comin'+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn follows Git after she finishes, playing her flute gently. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (408) Berard , an early riser, is quietly reciting a litany when Git makes his appearance. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Yes, good morning to you as well. I hope you had a good rest.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch heads to the tavern and orders some breakfast. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch mumbles some kind of response. +ACo-+ACoAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (446) Git then heads to Aggy's door, pausing a moment before knocking, +ACY-quot+ADs-Aggy, dear, ya awake in there?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (437) Agatha opens the door suddenly. +ACY-quot+ADs-I'm fine.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Have we decided which way we're going?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Not yet, thought you might want to have a say in the matter.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (437) Agatha looks as though she's been dressed, armored, packed, and ready for a while. Did she sleep like that? +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (446) Git looks Aggy over, thinking for a second before asking sincerely, +ACY-quot+ADs-Are you alright?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn reaches downstairs to see the group assembled, for the most part. With a few final stretches she goes to join Joroch in the Tavern to see if she can mooch breakfast off of him. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: (( she ask, or just sit there? ))+ADw-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: (( asks ))+ADw-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-I thought I said I was fine. Are we going to meet the others, or are you just going to gawk all day?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: +ACY-quot+ADs-Sure,+ACY-quot+ADs- he says, ordering another breakfast.+ADw-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well.. I do enjoy gawking. But..+ACY-quot+ADs- :ushers Aggy down to breakfast:+ADw-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (408) Berard pulls up a chair with Joroch and Rynn. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn returns the favor by flavoring up the breakfast via prestidigitation. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch seems to visably loosen up as he eats. Although he does pause as she casts her little spell. +ACY-quot+ADs-And what was that?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (446) Git moves to take a seat at the table. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-A simple cantrip, it intensifies the flavor of food somewhat. I can tone it back down if you desire.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch tries the food carefully, not havig taken a bite since she cast. He smiles in surprise, +ACY-quot+ADs-Huh, not bad. Nicely done.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Glad to be of help, I use it all the time when I forage for food. Nuts and +ADw-/span+AD4APA-st1:State+AD4APA-st1:place+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-berrys+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/st1:place+AD4APA-/st1:State+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4- keep you alive but I like them to taste good too.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (456) Beizer has sent you a tree node...+ADw-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: +ACY-quot+ADs-I guess I could see that. Never worried much about flavor before, we were always just happy to eat when out on long patrol.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (437) Agatha sits down and joins the conversation. +ACY-quot+ADs-Seems a waste of magicks if you ask me.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: +ACY-quot+ADs-True, so much better to hurt someone with them, huh?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Depends on your priorities, I found it very useful.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: (with a good dose of sarcasm)+ADw-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch finishes eating his breakfast. +ACY-quot+ADs-So, where to now?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Given how close we are to the castle, I suppose we could take on that priority first. Huh?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-It might be nice to actually complete one of our commissions.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well, now you're just getting picky.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (405) Joroch: +ACY-quot+ADs-Sounds great to me. You all figure out how to do it, as long as we free it - I'll be happy. But right now, I'm going to be outside.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Our commission? No no, that was a commission to Lord Jaspus Meiliuge and his party of adventurers who were all killed by a drake.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn smirks before she takes another bite. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Hmph.+ACY-quot+ADs- :gives a slight snicker: +ACY-quot+ADs-.. A terrible loss, I'm sure.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (405) Joroch heads out of the tavern. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-I was referring to Elexa's commission.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-To rescue her uncle before the ransom period expired.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Ah yes... I forgot about that. That might be a good idea.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Yes, that would be the castle I speak of.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Aye. Best to focus on the job at hand before taking on some impossible task.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Shall we see about a meeting with the madwoman then?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-Mad Hilda?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Better her than the dreamer girl. With a name like Mad Hilda, you know where you stand.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn sees the conversation coming to a close and eats all she can.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-I will need a few minutes to finish my morning preparations.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-This mystic, well, one Kha in the world is more than enough.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (381) Rynn hears that and prompty slows down. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-May as well, though we should stop by the temple and pick up our +ACY-quot+ADs-Dragon fighting fear+ACY-quot+ADs- anyway.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-That way they can assume we were killed if we decide not to go through with it. And we get free stuff.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (408) Berard sighs. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (446) Git: :nods to Rynn:+ADw-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Hey, we're going to save some lives using it, just not the ones they intended.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: (To Berard)+ADw-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Unless there's a 'can't be skewered by claw or fang' poition, I don't much see the point.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-Oh, I shan't interfere. Something tells me that if the Nine are involved, we won't avoid the drake so easily.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-That was much the only reason I saw in tavkling the beast. Given the coincidental time table, I thought it might be possible Najardac is connected to Storm somehow.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-It does seem suspect. Though we may be jumping at shadows.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Quite true.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-It's just the way that the Black Duke has expanded his lands so far so fast. It suggests he is in the habit of stealing land from other nobles. I was worried this place may be his next venture.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-Or the dragon could be a hedge against his expansions. The Countess doesn't seem to be made of stern enough stuff to deter regular forces.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Absolutely not. Though there may be reason for underhanded methods. I can't pretend to understand fully.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-But why focus on the Countess? I'd say the drake is just an unconventional army of the Black Duke. One that doesn't have a flag.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Hmph. It could be...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Who knows? Frankly I'm curious what spurred the sudden raids.'+ADw-br+AD4- (408) Berard: :shrugs: +ACY-quot+ADs-I'm curious how the Countess managed to track the drake.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-Or it could be that the drake is actually puttin' an iron to Najardac and the Nine. And for some reason they can't do much about it.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (437) Agatha: +ACY-quot+ADs-We don't know enough to say one way or the other.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (408) Berard: +ACY-quot+ADs-Indeed.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ACoAKg- (408) Berard heads outside to finish his prayers. +ACoAKgA8-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-So it's stupid to do something about it now? Duke or not, something caused the drake to start attacking, that's what we have to find and deal with, not the drake itself.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: :looks down: +ACY-quot+ADs-Dispite all the money that means giving up...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well.. considering the drake herself is the only one who probably knows why she's attacking, we might need to take a trip to her lair anyway, if we went that path.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well.. shall we go meet a mad woman now?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well I think that about wraps up breakfast, let us go meet the others.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-It might be best to go to the shrine first+ADw-br+AD4- (381) Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-They probably don't want us taking a detour, and getting a madwoman to keep her mouth shut will probably be difficult.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- (446) Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-Fair enough.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-br+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(from last time)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Viperswhip, Lando, (GW): drake is Andurinspeak for +ACY-quot+ADs-dragon+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-(so, we're hitting the shrine first?)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-(yes)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Let's be off then.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(127) Gatz (enter): +ADw-/span+AD4APA-st1:time Minute+AD0AIg-39+ACI- Hour+AD0AIg-21+ACIAPgA8-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-21:39+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/st1:time+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-Attempting to assign the role of PLAYER to (127) Gatz...+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch is prepared to head out, but a slight sheen of sweat can be seen across his brow. +ACY-quot+ADs-Sounds good.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git follows along to the shrine, lost in thought. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn nods, making sure to follow Git for alias purposes. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Molina greets you when you enter the shrine. +ACY-quot+ADs-How may I be of service?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch remains on guard outside the door, watching the streets. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:offers Molina a bow: +ACY-quot+ADs-Good day to you. We came by yesterday, about aiding the countess in her problem. We were asked to return today.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh right. You're here for the map to the uplands. Going drake hunting, are you?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The scrolls are in the vestiary. I shall be back shortly.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So it would seem. And we were to meet with an alchemist, I believe.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Yes+ACE- I almost forgot. He'll be out shortly. Something about an explosion.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We're cleaning it up even as I speak.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Molina smiles though you're not sure if he's being serious or not. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-How exhilerating. It wasn't anything intended for us, was it?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-No, no. Just a little too much sulfur water. Or maybe it was mustard seed oil.+ACY-quot+ADs- (shrug)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He shuffles out.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hopefully the other potions will be less... dramatic.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn looks around the shrine, quietly observing the detail as they all wait. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The walls are plainly decorated -- a few frescoes here and there proclaiming the glory of the goddess of magicka.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Are we sure we want this loon's potions?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, they can't hurt......probably.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-After a few minutes, Molina returns, his arms laden with sheaves of parchment and a velvet bag that clinks lightly laid atop them.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Free's free.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Here you go. Hm. Well I hope these serve you well. The location where you're going isn't well travelled. It's definitely quite out of the way.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:nods to the priest: +ACY-quot+ADs-Thank you. We will take care. And I trust there are instructions for the potions, yes?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-That makes it more interesting to travel.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I think the vials are labelled....if you can read Typhon's handwriting. Each must be drunk, except for the warrior's essence which must be inhaled.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Understood. Thank you again.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Molina hands the parchment to Agatha, while gingerly taking the velvet bag. He opens it and peeks inside. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Molina+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Ah, yes. They're all here. You should find these useful. The countess donated them out of the generosity of her heart.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And a very kind heart it is. Now if there is nothing else, we should be on our way+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He thrusts it towards Berard. +ACY-quot+ADs-The blessing of Hurishta be with you.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha looks over the parchment. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn takes that as her cue and tears her attention from the shrine and heads for the door. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Gatz, maps, some rather ancient looking but all direct you to where the countess said the drake is supposed to have its lair.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard takes the bag gingerly. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We are most grateful.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Molina nods solemnly as he watches you leave. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard offers a half-bw to Molina, and heads towards the door. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-(bw +AD0- bow)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git offers the priest a bow and heads out with the others. +ACY-quot+ADs-So.. off to meet the mad woman now?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch waits for the others outside, joinging them as they leave. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( or Joining, as the case may be... ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-:poking around in the bag: +ACY-quot+ADs-Indeed, Mad Hilda is next on the agenda.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(128) Lando (enter): +ADw-/span+AD4APA-st1:time Minute+AD0AIg-2+ACI- Hour+AD0AIg-22+ACIAPgA8-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-22:02+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/st1:time+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Zach, 2 glass spheres and 4 vials+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) TaliesinNYC+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Booting '(113) Lando' from room...+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(113) Lando (exit): +ADw-/span+AD4APA-st1:time Minute+AD0AIg-2+ACI- Hour+AD0AIg-22+ACIAPgA8-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-22:02+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/st1:time+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Zach, each labelled though the script is a bit unreadable+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:nods: +ACY-quot+ADs-Never underestimate the mad...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha shrugs and rolls up the maps. +ACY-quot+ADs-Hmph. These are old but they'll serve.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-You're walking down the main street of Longwinter, learning the lay of the place and taking in the sights. Across the street and just up ahead, you see a smallish man struggling with an old woman dressed rather like a gypsy. They are shouting at each other in front of a place called Helga's Herbs. She tries to run from him but he has hold of her sleeve and she cannot escape. The attacker is trying to snatch her oversized leather pouch with his free hand, his hooded cape fluttering in the breeze.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hey+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The man straightens up, and on seeing you, curses audibly.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard heads over towards the gypsy. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He turns around and runs away.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-She stumbles forward, her balance off from her struggle with her attacker.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git shakes his head, at the fleeing mugger, as Berard runs off, +ACY-quot+ADs-Tsk, tsk.... crime in broad daylight no less.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch scans the area for anyone that might be with the mugger. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard reaches out to steady her. +ACY-quot+ADs-Are you alright?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha considers chasing after, but decides to let it go. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn walks to the gypsy casually, +ACY-quot+ADs-Well what happened here?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The old woman straightens, smoothing out her brightly colored skirt.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Uh....yes, thank you.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Thank you very much. My name is Helga. I have little to repay your kindness, but I could buy you a cup of tea and read your fortune if you like.+ACY-quot+ADs- (smiles)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'm very good.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Not at all. It is a tragedy, these days, ruffians trying to take things by force, we are happy to have been of service.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Tea would be lovely though.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-A fortune? I have always been fascinated by the arts of divination.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Come on in then. I was about to open up shop this morning but for my encounter with that thug.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Gladly.+ACY-quot+ADs- :then asks: +ACY-quot+ADs-Do muggings happen often around here?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-She shuffles to the front door and waves her right hand even as she fumbles for her keys, then unlocks the door.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-A bit strange you ask.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-For a Kernin backwater, things are quite peaceful here. The people live in fear -- perhaps rightly or not -- because of the Council. No, crime is unknown here.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Please, make yourselves at home. Do you prefer chamomile, lilac or lemon thyme?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Ah... so.. was that an.. intimate friend of yours?+ACY-quot+ADs- :jests lightly as he follows in: +ACY-quot+ADs-I hope we didn't interrupt anything private.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga giggles. +ACY-quot+ADs-Hardly. I think he saw an old woman and decided I was easy prey. But then you happened along.+ACY-quot+ADs- (smiles shyly) +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'm quite fine, thank you. But thank you for the offer.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, maybe he just didn't know how to properly express his affections.+ACY-quot+ADs- :jokes, and adds: +ACY-quot+ADs-Chamomile, please.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Lilac, please.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha studies the old bat. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-She sets some water on boil in a tea kettle and gathers some tea things.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch enters, but remains standing at the door. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So, what brings you here? I've never seen you around here before and I know everyone in town.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4-Sense Motive Skill Check: +AFs-1d20+ADwAIQ--- Official Roll --+AD4AXQ- +AD0AJg-gt+ADs- +AFs-2,10+AF0- +AD0- (12) +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4-((oops. wrong window))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-That would make us out-of-towners then wouldn't it?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git pensively watches Helga prepare the tea +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I suppose.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We had run in to a dead -end, and were in search of some guidence.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Our path happened to bring us here.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Everyone comes here, eventually. The last Wisdom they had went off to become an Aes Sedai so I was appointed in her place.+ACY-quot+ADs- (shrugs)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, that's a good thing then. Perhaps the cards can show you a way.+ACY-quot+ADs- (winks)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Then it would appear that our meeting was fortuitous for both of us.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The old gypsy sets a tray down on the table in front of you, along with china cups, cream, treacle and sugar.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Serve yourselves.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I have to get the deck from its resting place.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard picks up his cup, and sips poliiety at his tea. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-(politely, even)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-She seems perfectly sane, for a madwoman.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:takes her seat but takes no drink: +ACY-quot+ADs-Was the title Mad Helga a creation of your own?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git takes his tea, administering light sugar, +ACY-quot+ADs-Deck? Tarot..?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga shuffles off to the rear of her shop, muttering under her breath. +ACY-quot+ADs-Now where did I put that deck? I had it here yesterday.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh...+ACEAJg-quot+ADs- (cackles)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-That's what people call me.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Maybe we're playing poker.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard winces at Rynn's directness +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Ever since I told off that young lady to her face. I can't remember her name. She had a bunch o' rogues in her train.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh... a mark of bravery then?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-She threatened to close me down for spreading rumors or some such nonsense. I just laughed in her face and dared her try. And threw in a hex sign or two for good measure.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And the next thing I knew, I heard later she was an up-and-coming Councillor. From the Calphate no less.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4-+ADw-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(Caliphate+ACo-)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Some place far from here, underneath a hot sun and endless sand. If such a place exists.+ACY-quot+ADs- (shrugs)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Really? She wouldn't have anything to do with the 'visitor' we scared off, would she?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-They say that she murders her lovers in their sleep and castrates men for so much as a wrong look at her. Young firespit o' a tongue.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And yet she couldn't close down your shop.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I wouldn't know. You see a rogue, you've seen them all.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:turns to the rest of the group: +ACY-quot+ADs-Is this rogue any friend of ours?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:murmurs: +ACY-quot+ADs-I almost take offense at that.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Mmmm, she tried.+ACY-quot+ADs- (cackles)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:to Git: +ACY-quot+ADs-The only rogues you can tell on sight are the bad ones.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-You'd be surprised what people can do if they have enough shillings given to them.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Still doesn't explain why she was so intend on shutting you down. I mean you no offense, but it seems a rather trivial matter for an arising Coucillor. What kind of rumors were you accused of spreading?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hmph. Ain't that the truth.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh, nothing important. Just a favor for an old friend.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga smiles slyly as she says +ACY-quot+ADs-old friend+ACY-quot+ADs-. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Now, about that fortune?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga comes over to your table and produces a deck of cards wrapped in a tattered handkerchief. She sprinkles a little sugar on top. +ACY-quot+ADs-You know, to bless the cards.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git peers curiously over his cup as the old woman dodges the question +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Shall you cut the deck?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard reaches out and cuts the deck of cards. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-You watch as Helga shuffles the cards and lays them out according to some arcane pattern. As she places the thirteenth and final card, she closes her eyes and passes her hands over them. Suddenly, she stops, her face drained of color.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-No, no, that cannot be+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Change it, can you change it? Oh+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch continues to watch the whole process, unimpressed and uninterested. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git sips his tea idly, 'watching the show +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha leaves her tea untouched. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-(too bad dj's not here. Kha would freak over this)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( his loss. :-P ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn shifts uncomfortably in her seat. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Her eyes snap open and she stares at you. With a hoarseness in her voice that was not there before, she says, +ACY-quot+ADs-I am sorry, the cards don't seem to be speaking with me today. That, or they lie, I cannot say. But I can tell you one thing.+ACY-quot+ADs- She stops, reaches into a pocket and produces an unusually shaped blood-red gem stone, which she hands to Agatha. +ACY-quot+ADs-You need this far more than I ever will.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-She stands, her eyes betraying dread. +ACY-quot+ADs-Guard that stone with your lives, for it may be your life.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So nothing bad happens to me then, right?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga doesn't remove her eyes from Agatha. +ACY-quot+ADs-The cards see all, and know all.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard glances curiously over at Agatha +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha looks at the gem and then at the hag as if offended. +ACY-quot+ADs-The bloody hell I'm taking this+ACE- I've had enough of fortunes for one week+ACE- Hell even a lifetime+ACEAJg-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'll take it.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-What does this damned thing even do?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I...I don't know. Only that the stone belongs to the First of the Nine Council. The First, except he is dead for lo, these many years.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Can you tell us what you saw, I'm really not feeling well over this...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I....I must rest.+ACY-quot+ADs- (grabs the edge of the table woozily)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn is starting to look notably anxious. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( brb ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Please go, and take good care, friends. All is known in time.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-:standing up: +ACY-quot+ADs-Thank you. Be well.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Mad Helga nods, though her eyes never leave the stone that now lies in Rynn's grasp. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn holds it quite tightly. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh well that's just lovely, ain't it? Spook a woman, had her some cut glass with an impossible story, then go off for a nip while we're scratchin' our heads.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git calmly finishs his tea and begins cleaning up the cups from the table. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-When you see the First of the Council, ask him +ACY-quot+ADs-What is the road that has no ending?+ACY-quot+ADs-, and he will grant you your fondest desire.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Mad Helga+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Now please. I need to rest.+ACY-quot+ADs- (glances over at Agatha, her eyes pleading)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn nods, taking the woman's words with complete seriousness. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Thank you for your time and refreshments ma'am. We'll see ourselves out.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Didn't we come for directions?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha tightens her face into a frustrated scowl and then turns away. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch turns and heads out at Git's words. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard leaves the shop. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git gets the cups put away and heads for the door. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn looks over the rest of the group and with a shrug follows their suit. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, that wasn't quite what I was expecting. Shall we try the seer?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I thought she was the seer.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-She was the madwoman+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The other one.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4-/me grumbles as she heads for the door. +ACY-quot+ADs-Honestly, all I need now is for a damned goat boy to come skipping up and pull out a lucky charm from his arse and this day will be complete.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'l have the full set is what I'll have.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:to Aggy: +ACY-quot+ADs-I'll keep my eyes peeled for on.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-(one even)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn walks with her hand clenched around the gem even though it is already in a pouch. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-:to Rynn: +ACY-quot+ADs-You seem a bit disturbed.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-You can go, I'll wait outside. I've had my fill of prophecies.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:tries to grin reassuringly but fails: +ACY-quot+ADs-These sort of things just...bother me.+ACY-quot+ADs- :nods upon hearing Agatha's words, +ACY-quot+ADs-I probably need a break as well.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(so you're off to see Daria then?)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We need a guide more than a prophecy though.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-But with Helga out, this Daria seems to be the only other option.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We don't have anything to lose.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So shall it be then.+ACY-quot+ADs- :sighs:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Without some additional insight, getting through the catacombs will be difficult.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-With a seer? I'm not sure about nothing to lose.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Yes, the madwoman was not the most fit. Daria sounds like the better guide, at the very we can run away faster than her.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(128) Lando (exit): 23:10+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-(at the very least+ACo-)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git heads off in search of Daria. Asking directions as necessary +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to TaliesinNYC, +AFs-1d20+ADwAIQ--- Official Roll --+AD4AXQ- +AD0AJg-gt+ADs- +AFs-10,12+AF0- +AD0- (22)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch follows Git's lead, sticking near Rynn. +ACY-quot+ADs-You realize that Helga's comment about guarding that gem with one's life most likely passed to you when you took it, right?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'll take my chances. Besides, I already guard my life with my life and the easiest way to get it from me is to kill me.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Zane, every so often you turn around and see a man perhaps 20 or 30' away, following you.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Eventually, you come to Daria's shop, more of a hovel really, in the slum part of town.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-It's an opium den.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Apparently seerdom doesn't pay.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We have some company,+ACY-quot+ADs- Joroch quietly mutters to the group as they arrive at the shop.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I get a strange feeling I know where her visions come from.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hm?+ACY-quot+ADs- :glances to Joroch:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-1 man, following us.+ACY-quot+ADs- Joroch doesn't looks back, trying to not tip the man off.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Zane, he's about 5'3+ACY-quot+ADs- or 5'5+ACY-quot+ADs-. hangs back about 30 to 40'. he's not too subtle about following you but this time he's not there when you do look.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha smirks at Git's remark. +ACY-quot+ADs-Sleep in a tree one night and suddenly everyone's a prophet. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch turns slowly, as though he's looking over the group. He glances back out of the corner of his eye. +ACY-quot+ADs-Hmm, gone.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git glances around in the mirror on his bracer to glance discretely for their pursuer. +ACY-quot+ADs-So... think we have to buy to get aid?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Split up and see who he follows?+ACY-quot+ADs-+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He disappeared, but he was there. I might go for a quick stroll while you all talk with the seer.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Watch your back.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch nods in response. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Right then. Have fun.+ACY-quot+ADs- :waves to Joroch in parting, and heads into the shop:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch waits for the others to enter the shop, and then he walks back to where he last saw the man, looking around for any sign of him. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn presses her back firmly against the outside of the wall beside Joroch, keeping an eye out as well. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-b+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-Spot:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/b+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4- +AFs-1d20+ADwAIQ--- Official Roll --+AD4AXQ- +AD0AJg-gt+ADs- +AFs-5,5+AF0- +AD0- (10)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-If an accident happened inside the den, it'd take most of the denizens with it. The place is a firetrap if ever there was one. And yet that doesn't stop its patrons from slumbering over tables, each with a water pipe. The interior of the place is filled with a sickly sweet odor that threatens to overwhelm your senses.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard looks rather disgusted as he glances around the room for the +ACY-quot+ADs-seer+ACY-quot+ADs-. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Your eyes take a moment to adjust to the gloominess of the inside. It takes a tremendous amount of will to keep from gagging.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The man (if there was one) doesn't seem to reappear.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git takes out a handkerchief, holding it over his mouth, as he makes his way further in, seeking Daria +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Daria (to the rest of you) is in the corner of the den, all the way in the back, lost in a daze.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch frowns a bit, but heads back to where Rynn is waiting outside. +ACY-quot+ADs-He's gone. Let's hope for good.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn nods, +ACY-quot+ADs-I get worked up over prophecy I'd rather just sit out, I don't mind the boredom.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha waits outside with Rynn. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git moves to Daria's table, knocking on it lightly to get her attention, +ACY-quot+ADs-Pardon... may we have a moment?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard follows Git, keeping an eye on the rest of the room as Git talks to Daria. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I guess that makes the three of us the sane ones.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-As your companion (to Rynn) says this, who should appear but a small man in a hooded gray cloak. He peeks out at you from around a corner, 40' away, then jerks back immediately out of sight.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Daria looks up but doesn't seem to see you (Git). +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Maybe we don't have to be bored? Anyone else not like being followed?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I knew you would come from the north, in time, my lord of destruction.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn smiles in agreement. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git rolls his eyes, +ACY-quot+ADs-Lord of Destruction, eh?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Good thing Kha isn't here.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-From the north, where you walk amongst wielders of axe and storm, oh yes.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Wouldn't be the first time. Let's let him wade in a bit deeper though. I don't feel like a long goose chase.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:takes a seat: +ACY-quot+ADs-I hope I didn't keep you waiting long.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Good idea. Although I never saw him get closer than about that from us, so I'm not sure if he will. But we'll see.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-All it would take is a fly spell from me and the strongest of us can catch him in no time.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It has been said for long these years that a scythe of death would pass, harrowing great numbers of Men who would fall in your path as a farmer reaps what he sows in the field of battle.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-How might I serve you, O mighty Olethros? I am here but for you to command.+ACY-quot+ADs- (smokes)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Still, we might as well see if he gets closer. Who knows how the locals would respond to one of you just flying off.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh, you flatter me.+ACY-quot+ADs- :jests, figuring she can't tell the difference: +ACY-quot+ADs-Alas, I have but a simple request at the moment. I seek passage through the catacombs to a guarded castle. Might you be able to provide me directions through?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I am humbled that you should ask me, I a mere mortal to service you thus.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-With a shrine of a deity of magicka? I doubt they would care to much about spellcasters here.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Whither shall you fly, O great one? There are many castles here in this land, some more guarded than others, but none that can surely withstand your mighty blade, the Red Sword of War.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Maybe, but it hard to tell. Besides, that temple is not in this area.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Yes, but I send servants, mortals to do my bidding. They are more easily hindered than I.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-There is always invisibility. Mind your footsteps and you could catch him.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Then I shall show your servants the way true, that your command be carried out henceforth without delay+ACE- Speak and may I find the wisdom and the will to do your bidding.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Daria sighs with content as she takes a deep breath. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Thank, my servant.+ACY-quot+ADs- :smiles, pauses and asks with some glee: +ACY-quot+ADs-Now, sing my praises, and tell me all you know of my greatness, my servant.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-http://d20srd.org/srd/skills/hide.htm+ACIAPg-hides+ADw-/a+AD4-, but he hasn't +ADw-a href+AD0AIg-http://d20srd.org/srd/feats.htm+ACM-run+ACIAPg-run+ADw-/a+AD4- away yet. I think Agatha had the right idea - let's wait a little.+ACY-quot+ADs- Joroch keeps a watch in the area where the man last appeared, looking out the corner of his eye.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn sighs impatiently. Apparently her promise of contentment in boredom was less than fufilled. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Aye, you could well be wasting your magicks on some curious beggar. A common thief at worst.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-What is there to tell? Bards sing of your passage in the far north, where you brought low a mighty ifrit and banished him from this mortal coil for all time. A great war fought on the burning sands and a cleansing of blood in the glorious truth of light everlasting. Destruction truly walks in the north, O mighty one, O lions of tomorrow+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He peeks out furtively, and on seeing Agatha, jerks back again as quickly as he emerged.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Daria smokes lazily and sighs, then bows in deep obeisance to someone. She's clearly not seeing you and Berard. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Huh...yes.. well... enough indulgence. I will depart now. Whe you feel sober walk out into the street and meet the man with my face. You will guide his team through the catacombs. do you understand?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Ok, this is getting annoying.+ACY-quot+ADs- Joroch moves up the street, past where the man peeked out from. Joroch waits on the other side, watching for the man to appear again.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The catacombs. Yes, I understand, O great one.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard looks skeptical at Git's pronouncement. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-There are many entrances all through this land. Some more perilous than others.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Daria+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I understand and obey, O glorious lord that reigns forever on the blasted plain of war.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Good. Hopefully you will be able to choose the proper entrance for where they need to go. Be well, Daria.+ACY-quot+ADs- :turns and leaves:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The back of a gray cloak retreats down an alley.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4-:once outside: +ACY-quot+ADs-Do you think she will remember that? Or ever feel sober, for that matter?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Daria turns to the water pipe on the table and takes another pull, then sighs and closes her eyes. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git shrugs: +ACY-quot+ADs-I'm not sure.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch sees the other emerge, so he waves to them - indicating the alleyway. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( them +AD0- the entire group ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn jogs over. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-If she forgets, we can go back and break her pipe, make it look like a divine act.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha sighs. +ACY-quot+ADs-And they say I've got no patience. Rynn, you can cut him off. I'll catch up.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch heads down the alley after the man once he sees that the others noticed. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Psst+ACE- Over here+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Barely audible but softly.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Still... I wonder what all that God of Destruction stuff was.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-A small man in a gray hooded cloak is skulking about in the alley and beckons you (Joroch) over.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch comes to a stop at the voice, his hand moving to his sword as a reflex. +ACY-quot+ADs-I don't deal with shadows. Show yourself.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn keeps jogging after Joroch. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He says +ACY-quot+ADs-Very well, then,+ACY-quot+ADs- and steps out into the light where you can see him better. Sandy brown hair and a wisp of a mustache make him look like a shrew.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He speaks in a soft voice. +ACY-quot+ADs-I am Gaspard d'Louca, servant to Lord Spulzeer of Kern.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Good for you. Why have you been following us?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-A friendly bird told me that you might have services that my master needs.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch shakes his head. +ACY-quot+ADs-Either speak plainly or talk with my companions when they arrive.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn , losing the trail of Joroch, treds defeated back to the group. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-My master wishes to speak with you. I have the means with me, here, in my pocket.+ACY-quot+ADs- He reaches into his cloak and produces a small crystalline sphere. +ACY-quot+ADs-Will you speak with him?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Just me, I think not.+ACY-quot+ADs- Joroch takes a step back from the man. +ACY-quot+ADs-If he wants to talk, he can come to me.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-You would be losing out on a proposition of mutual benefit.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Think on that.+ACY-quot+ADs- (puts the sphere away)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha comes strolling up. +ACY-quot+ADs-Aye? And what benefit would that be?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Since I have never heard of you or your Lord, I see no reason to agree to anything. Vauge comments and idle threats mean nothing to me.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Your likenesses are known to some in the halls of power. My master knows this and can provide...assistance should you wish it. And you do, from what the words of gossip say over the winds of truth.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-If this is not you, then I have wasted my time. Pardon me, for I thought you seemed like the warrior woman who brought a goddess low.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Your lord should know better than to listen to idle gossip.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-What wind? And what goddess?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Then I am truly sorry for wasting your time. I must bid you good day.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-uh yeah, good day.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I thought your friend's likeness matched a certain warrior who, along with others, brought low a mage my master holds a grudge against. I thought that perhaps she might be willing to listen to a...business arrangement of mutual benefit.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hmph. Next time just ask instead of all this sneaking around. I've collected heads for that kind of nonsense.:+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-But if she+ACY-quot+ADs- (indicates Agatha) +ACY-quot+ADs-is not who I thought she was, then I have wasted my time and that of my master.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, I can tell you that she is a powerful warrior. But I have no idea what she and her friends have accomplished.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So you are?+ACY-quot+ADs- (face lights up with hope)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha knows she's going to regret this. +ACY-quot+ADs-Why me?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn finally finds her way to Joroch, tracing and retracing her steps, +ACY-quot+ADs-It's easy to get lost around here...+ACY-quot+ADs- she comments softly. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It's ok, I'm getting lost just standing here. To much talk about winds, goddesses, and people that I don't know.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Without waiting for you to reply, he pulls out a soft cloth and polishes the sphere, then mutters an incantation you cannot quite hear. He folds the cloth and holds the sphere out to Agatha on an outstretched palm.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-Inside the sphere, an image begins to take shape, swirling and twisting in a chaos of color. As the whirlpool in the sphere subsides, you can make out the features of an elegantly dressed man of about 50 years. He moves his lips but you hear the words in your minds.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch steps back, his hand shooting back to his blade, ready to draw it as the incantation begins. However, he pauses, unsure if there actually is danger or not. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Lady, I do not believe in mincing words. I have a proposition for you that should work to our mutual profit, if you are interested.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha is cut off before she can make a retort. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hmph. Why don't you tell me what is you want. I'll decide if I'm interested.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-My name is Chardath Spulzeer and until a few weeks ago, I was the lord of Castle Spulzeer. A distant cousin, someone I had never met, showed up one day with troops and documents. He claimed he was the rightful heir, and his troops gave me time to pack only a single trunk before removing me from my ancestral home. My anger is now unbounded. The troops have left, but my cousin, Kartak Spulzeer, has connections to the Nine Council.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-The image in the sphere distorts for a moment, covered in a reddish haze. Then it clears and the speaker continues.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-There are three items in the castle that I did not have time to retrieve during my swift and supervised departure. If you obtain them for me, I will reward you generously from a modest fortune that I have hidden elsewhere. In fact, should you agree to help me, my servant will give you an item of great power now as partial payment and as a token of my good faith.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Be advised however that I must have the items as soon as possible, for I intend to leave this wretched country to solicit support for claiming my birthright. You may deliver them to Gaspard at treehouse inn once you have obtained them. Do we have an agreement, or must I find braver adventurers?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And which is the assisstance with our likeness being known?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-You see not coin but assistance? Then name your request for assistance and I shall see to it that it will be done, if I can grant it.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(seek+ACo-)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It was your servant that mentioned it, I was trying to make sure he wasn't speaking for you incorrectly.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He speaks correctly. Make your request if we have an agreement and it will be considered binding.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-But as far as what would be required, that would be left to the female warrior. It is her companions that I sm traveling with, so I cannot presume to speak for them.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-What's so important about these baubles of yours?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-They are sigils of my birthright as lord of Castle Spulzeer and as the First of the Nine Council. As I was the First, so shall I be the last.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:Rynn speaks up: +ACY-quot+ADs-The First? Were we not supposed to ask him something?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-:mumbles to herself: +ACY-quot+ADs-What is the road that has no ending?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Oh yeah - that question.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Voice+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The road that has no ending? Vengeance, and vengeance is what I demand. Give me the vengeance I seek and your fondest desire shall be granted if it is in my power+ACEAJg-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Wow, this is both great and terrible. I guess it is safe to assume the madwoman was accurate.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha curses to herself. She hoped the old bat really was mad. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch looks to Agatha. +ACY-quot+ADs-So, we gonna do this, or not?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha looks over at the messenger. +ACY-quot+ADs-Don't leave town. We'll ponder it over.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Gaspard nods. +ACY-quot+ADs-My master awaits your decision then.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He pockets the sphere swiftly and bows. +ACY-quot+ADs-I remain your humble servant.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I would not mind having my greatest desire fufilled, however I would mind being the loose end to tie up. That's why I first stopped taking jobs from lords in the field of politics.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So Gaspard, you apparently know how to find us. Find us later on, after we talk with the others. And don't go creeping around next time - just come right up to us, ok?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) Gaspard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-All right then.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Let's see what's keeping the others.+ACY-quot+ADs- he says to Rynn and Aggy.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (122) Gaspard bows obsequiously and takes leave of you. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Aye. Sneaking is a fine way to get stabbed, odd as that sounds.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'm sure Git would know more about what allying ourselves with this man would entail.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He seems to at least.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch heads back out of the alley, looking to see what happened to Git and Berard. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (126) Rynn stays close, having no idea where +ACY-quot+ADs-back+ACY-quot+ADs- was. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git waits outside the opium den for the others to return. Leaning against the wall, hands behind his head, humming a tune to pass the time. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard waits patiently with Git, glancing down the street from time to time. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch heads over to Git, and stopping next to him asks quietly, +ACY-quot+ADs-Do you know of a Lord Spulzeer of Kern?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I don't know. Did he used to call himself Bopo, and dress as a pierrot?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Lunauc, the name does ring a bell+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He didn't say.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:shrugs: +ACY-quot+ADs-I've heard the name. Why?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We might have another job.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Lunauc, the Spulzeers were once part of the Grand Dukes before the rise of the Nine Council+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Another one?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Apparently, he's the first of the Nine.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-That makes how many now? Fifteen?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Our tail seems to be a servant of his, and he needs work to be done. Apparently knew of Aggy, something about likenesses being known and a goddess.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Lunauc, once the Council took over the grand duchy, the family withdrew into seclusion+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-whispering to Lunauc, most of the Spulzeers now reside in Gwythnecht or Damrosil+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/i+AD4APA-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4- +ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-We should start sub-contracting some of this out.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git ppers to Joroch, +ACY-quot+ADs-Knew what of Aggy?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, he knew of a female warrior that helped bring down a goddess - and claimed Aggy was her from the moment he saw her.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Word got out about what happened at Caer Thorn and who did it.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-That's disturbing. And what did he have to say about it?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Not much, seemed happy about it. Or maybe he was happy about another mage that was taken out - not sure. They weren't big on the specifics.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:shakes his head: +ACY-quot+ADs-Well, what did he want?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-My guess is he's just looking for the toughest hands he can find.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-What kind of work?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-Said that likenesses were known, somethng about powerful halls, that the Lord could provide assistance, and then a bit about words and winds.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The usual. Get into a castle, retrieve a few items, return said items.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Some self-declared family moved in with troops and declared himself heir to the castle. Kicked out our lord before he could collect his things.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:groans: +ACY-quot+ADs-It's like we're walking around carrying signs.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-More like someone lit a bonfire under us.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And money, he promised a lot of money. Also, he was the one the Madwoman told us of, but with his apparent wealth he could have paid her off.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And what does he offer in exchange for the retrieval?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Your fondest desire.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It's like that old bat said.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(129) New Player (enter): 00:53+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-First it was a few items, then the assistance with being known, then worked it's way up to one's desire. Sounds rather desperate.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It's either prophecy, coincidence, or a damned elaborate trap.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He was quick to answer the riddle of +ACY-quot+ADs-What is the road that has no ending?+ACY-quot+ADs-, I think he paid the madwoman. Those words were the most specific she gave us.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Why bother though? Seems like a lot of effort.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Anyway, the servant - Gaspard - knows us and knows to find us again later.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I'm more worried of entrapment. On the off chance that he might feel spurned should we turn him down, will he hand over our whereabouts to enemies?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-FF8000'+AD4-(129) New Player (exit): 00:55+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-THough, if this fool knows, likely they do as well.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-And unlike the countess, agreeing and deciding against isn't an option here. He knows who we are and what we do.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git lets out a deep sigh, and recounts their position. +ACY-quot+ADs-Alright.. we have the First Councillor trying to get us to break and enter, another castle full of terrorists and a red dragon offing villages left and right. Hmmm... full plate.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Give it time. She'll likely send an errand boy after her supper.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-How far away is Spulzeer's job?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He was vague, I don't think he said.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well, that hardly helps are scheduling.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Did he specify a timeframe?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Quickly.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The usual 'as soon as possible' +ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Well.. it seems a shame to blow off Justheart given our proximity.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-But we can only do so much at one time.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-True. Maybe you can get more questions from the servant when he returns.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So many castles, some of them must be the same ones...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Hmmm...+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I wonder.... if the Countess' call for dragonslayers has drawn other adventurers here.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-It is possible. But she didn't mention any, and if so - none had accepted yet, as I doubt there would have been as many gifts if they had.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I hope so. It would take some attention of us.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4-(off+ACo-))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( brb ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Given that the slayer job was taken, perhaps some are willing to seek other employ, perhaps freeing a castle from terrorists.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-I suppose that is a possibility.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Would they risk the tunnels though?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Probably not. I think we're the only ones dumb enough for that.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git smirks, and pulls a coin from his pocket. +ACY-quot+ADs-Leave it up to fate?+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (121) Berard shrugs, looking amused. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Heads Justheart, tails Spulveer.+ACY-quot+ADs- :flips coin: +AFs-1d2+ADwAIQ--- Official Roll --+AD4AXQ- +AD0AJg-gt+ADs- +AFs-2+AF0- +AD0- (2)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-This should be interesting.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:shrugs: +ACY-quot+ADs-Spulzeer it is.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Though if we used the cancellation rod rather than the tunnels to get through the barrier, that could shave some time. We might be able to pull off both if it's on the way. :sighs: +ACY-quot+ADs-Still leaves a dragon though.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-One problem though. To help Lord Spulzeer, we need Gaspard to find us, here in town. And as far as the Countess knows, we are on our way out of town.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-If we survive both castles, we can worry about the dragon.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Were we not supposed to find him at the inn? 'Ell he's probably forty feet away as we speak.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-True, and the innkeeper did not seem to be a fan of the Countess.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So, find Gaspard, determine the location of his castle, if the other castle is on the way, or near, hit it using the rod first?+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git draws a deep breath and looks skyward. +ACY-quot+ADs-Unless we can get Spulzeer to wait a few days.. sounds about right.+ACY-quot+ADs- +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch looks around the streets to see if Gaspard is indeed lurking nearby. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(127) Agatha+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-833501'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Not much of a plan, but it's the best we've got.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Eh.. we've never been much for plans before, why start now?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Anything else we need to do while we are here?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-So.. we're meeting him at the inn?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-He mentioned that was where we could drop off the items when we finished, so it's likely that Gaspard will be around there. Gaspard just agreed to find us later.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(121) Berard+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-E37200'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-No idea when? Or where? Could he find us on the road to the castle?+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch shrugs. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-Where's the castle.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4AJg-quot+ADs-The other castle.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(120) Git+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-4D6486'+AD4-:sighs and stands: +ACY-quot+ADs-Then lets move someplace he's more comfortable approaching us.+ACY-quot+ADsAPA-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git heads off into the back alleys, walking slowly, looking around +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (124) Joroch follows Git's lead. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-He doesn't seem to be around.+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (127) Agatha pulls a hood over her head as she follows and wonders if maybe she should carry something more inconspicuous than a bloody huge axe. +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:green'+AD4AKgAq- (120) Git heads back toward the inn, sticking to the shadows of the alleys +ACoAKgA8-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(kinda losing it)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(122) DM+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:red'+AD4-(we can stop here and continue next time)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(124) Joroch+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-003EFF'+AD4-(( k ))+ADw-/span+AD4APA-br+AD4- +ADw-b+AD4-(126) Rynn+ADw-/b+AD4-: +ADw-span style+AD0-'color:+ACM-D74115'+AD4-(i'm getting pretty tired, and I usually don't)+ADw-/span+AD4APA-/p+AD4- +ADw-/div+AD4- +ADw-/body+AD4- +ADw-/html+AD4-
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