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    56 KB Sorcerer Quest XIX VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/08/11(Fri)22:48 No.15520114  
    You set the vial down on your dresser that night, looking at it for a few scant moments as you remember the sad look in Khess' eyes. Your last thoughts as you drift off into unconsciousness is a half-serious berating that you're too soft with the old folks. Really have to stop letting them push you around like that...

    The following day, you awaken bright and chipper. You might be in a bit of trouble for running out on the place you were sleeping, but your mind is already filling with excuses you can feed Kresis or the guards.

    Your small party consists of

    Do you want to take anyone else with you as you head to meet with Kresis' "son", or do you want to leave anyone behind?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/08/11(Fri)23:28 No.15520504
    Tukon Reid, human duellist
    Cagrazod, Marteau technologist/warrior
    Marred Khess, Human Priest of Thunlin
    Orpheus, Kapoacynth Spy/Shadowdancer
    Ritter, Mandragon Dragonblooded Warrior
    Jethar, Ripouse Artisan (And Family)
    Rejek, Gnoll/Ripouse halfbreed (unknown skills)
    Yumea, Ripouse Fighting Woman
    Paima, Ripouse Fire Elementalist/Thief

    Riposue Honor Guard: 5
    (other names known)

    Ripouse: 65

    28 humans (3 injured)
    11 gargoyles (1 injured)

    Total: 119 (4 injured)

    Important Possessions: Dominion's Memory
    Aldinian Leather Talent
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/08/11(Fri)23:43 No.15520636
    To recap:


    You were heading to meet with a black dragon named Rhyxantal adopted by Kresis to figure out how to get his aid. You at present have been thinking of dealing with another tribe of warring lizardmen who have hydras, and others who have a white dragon.

    What will you do, Melane Kiried?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)00:06 No.15520844
    As you get ready for the coming day, meditating and sprucing up in your wagon, you hear a pair of voices outside.

    "Hey, you're... Ah, sorry, I'm not so good with names." A quick, clear voice rings out. "What's that you've got there?" You quickly recognize it as Paima's.

    "What? What I have- Ah! Nothing." A warm, but formal voice answers.

    "Then why're you hiding it behind your back?"

    "Ah, well, because it's that unimportant. You wouldn't even care if- Hey! Let go!"

    "Ah, this is it? A metal statue? Wow, Caorgzed, I had no idea you were such an artist."

    "It's Cagrazod!" The marteau shouts angrily. "There, you've seen it! Now, give it-"

    "Oh? There's a switch back here, behind the wing."

    "Agh- Don't! Don't-"

    "Oh? The base has a compartment, with- Oh..."

    "Give it back to me, right now!"

    "Wow, is this to scale?"

    "What?! What kind of question-"

    "I mean, I never knew marteau had this kind of side to them."

    "Grah!" You hear a clicking noise.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)00:37 No.15521064
    Peeking out of your curtain, you can see Cagrazod standing next to Paima and closing the base of what appears to be a metal statue of a winged serpent. He looks... warmer... than normal.

    "Hey man, I won't judge. But why would you-" Paima starts.

    "It's none of your business, really." Cagrazod snaps. "If you'd be so kind to keep your hands off of my belongings in the future, I would be eternally grateful."

    "Sheesh, you'd think a little critique for making hidden stuff would be welcome. I mean, if you want someone to find something like that, you've got it down easy." Paima says, shaking his head and grinning. "But you want to keep it hidden for a while? Not gonna cut it, my metal friend."

    "Ah, you have no idea how much willpower it took me to get this far..." Cagrazod says, pacing angrily. "Ah, now I don't know..."

    "Well, I mean, it's not bad. Just saying, I saw the switch while you were still holding it, though." Paima says.

    "Gods be damned, what am I even doing here?" Cagrazod kneels down, his metal head resting in his free hand.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)01:32 No.15521434
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)01:49 No.15521549
    Hot sweet double questing action!

    "Whatever you plan on doing, I'd be happy to talk to you about it, assuming Paima here doesn't start bothering you again."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)04:15 No.15522433

    (Shit son, I came home and plum forgot about this.)

    You step out from your wagon, seeing that the two are talking not thirty feet from your door.

    "Whatever you plan on doing, I'd be happy to talk to you about it, assuming Paima here doesn't start bothering you again." You say to Cagrazod.

    He looks at you as though you had just asked him which way he would like to die. "I- I was- Oh Gods, here we go." He pants, looking around as though he's searching for something to do. "I'm not sure at all- Ehehm, um, maybe... Maybe I'd best go. I'm sure there's much more important things my lady has to do than listen to whatever that was."

    "Look at whatever that was?" Paima says, mischievously.

    Cagrazod shoots him a look of impending death.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)04:37 No.15522516
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)05:06 No.15522664
    Sorry about the sparse posting OP; I thought you abandoned thread(s).

    "It's fine Cagrazord; you don't have to show and tell. And Paima, stop teasing him."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)05:35 No.15522758

    Cagrazod seems to be unwilling to meet your gaze.

    "It's fine Cagrazord; you don't have to show and tell. And Paima, stop teasing him." You say to him.

    "Fine, fine." Paima says, thinking for a second. "Wait a minute, you weren't going to-" He says, looking at Cagrazod.

    Cagrazod scratches the back of his head. "I was- Ahhh, what do I do?" He looks over at Paima, still obviously peeved.

    Paima seems suddenly distracted by something. "Oh, right. Sorry Caggy, I had something on the fire anyway. I'll see you later."

    Cagrazod looks off after him, raising an eyebrow. "Well, maybe. But-" He looks up at you, reaching for something to say. "How... Did you sleep, my lady?"
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)05:57 No.15522818

    "I slept well, considering the day ahead..."

    "I'd say 'how has your morning been, Cagrazod', but I think that'd be a tad selfish on my part to distract you right now...."
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)06:08 No.15522854

    "I slept well, considering the day ahead..." You say, smiling. "I'd say 'how has your morning been, Cagrazod', but I think that'd be a tad selfish on my part to distract you right now...."

    Cagrazod swallows, his eyes going wide. "Right now? Why, what would I have been doing that you could distract me from? Oh, that sounded-" He looks over at the statue in his hands. "Ah, what am I doing here? What a strange thing to ask, my lady. I was just out for a walk."
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)06:13 No.15522872
    Cute. :3

    Laugh playfully. "Alright then; how has your walk been so far?"
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)06:20 No.15522889

    You giggle, playfully. This seems to only make Cagrazod more flustered. "Alright then; how has your walk been so far?"

    "Ah, it's been- erm, normal, for a walk." Cagrazod nods, as though reassuring himself. "I mean, nothing to report. Of interest." He looks at the statue again. "Well, I mean, I don't know what I'm doing here anymore." He suddenly realizes what he's said. "Not that I was coming here! Except on my way through on a walk. Aimlessly."
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)06:24 No.15522902
    "Of course; that's what one should expect from walks." Humor him.

    Since it is daylight now, are there any meetings that are immediately pressing (like we scheduled for) or are they more open ended?
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)06:40 No.15522947

    They're mostly open ended.

    "Of course; that's what one should expect from walks." You say to him.

    "Haha, yes, I suppose so." He says, calming a bit. "I mean, I'm not sure why, I just felt i had to go on a walk, suddenly. Nerves, maybe." He clutches the statue tightly.
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)06:44 No.15522963
    "Nerves, hm? And that statue has some therapeutic value, yes?...for the walks, of course..." Walk over to him and try to examine the statue in closer detail.
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)06:59 No.15523021

    "Nerves, hm? And that statue has some therapeutic value, yes? ...for the walks, of course..." You say, walking voer to examine the statue.

    It is a smooth black iron statue, atop a short round pedestal with ornamental wrappings around the base. The statue is of a winged serpent, its feathered wings outstretched and its head leaning forward.

    "Oh? Well, I don't know. It was a gift from my uncle. I suppose I was just giving it some air." Cagrazod says, no longer trying to hide the statue. "His father is a blacksmith. And he cast quite a few things when he was younger." He rubs the back of his head. "I was... Erm... Well, maybe you'd-"
    >> Anonymous 07/09/11(Sat)07:03 No.15523032
    "Your uncle has superb craftsmanship: It's beautiful, Cagrazod...that would make a very lovely gift..."

    Not jumping to conclusions about it being for us; just saying.

    Anyway, it's 4:00 in the morning where I am. Goodnight OP. :3
    >> VKO !qw2cdBTZAc 07/09/11(Sat)07:24 No.15523083

    "Your uncle has superb craftsmanship: It's beautiful, Cagrazod... that would make a very lovely gift..." You say to him, looking into his eyes for just a moment.

    "You think so?" He practically jumps out of his armored skin. "Well, I... I um..." He backpedals a bit, hesitating.

    He puts his hands out, holding the statue out to you, his eyes half-closed and his face turned off to the side. "Please accept this gift!"

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