My Plot Kain't Be This Regurgitated

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  1. [12:08:24] <Kain> Today, on FFIX-2! Natalie and Celina wish to investigate THE GLUTTON and his super mysterious guest by infiltrating Fatty Fat Manor*. Will they succeed? Find out today!
  2. [12:08:45] <Kain> *Fatty Fat Manor not actual name of locale, no fat people were harmed in the making of this name.
  3. [12:09:12] <Natalie> (High-quality name, remind me to reach through the fourth wall and steal it later)
  4. [12:09:29] <Kain> Prickles is hanging out with you two, and the others have just left on their magical journey.
  5. [12:09:46] <Kain> Just the three of you left in your little inn room, Samson hasn't returned yet.
  6. [12:09:54] * Natalie spends this time FRANTIC DIARY SCRIBBLING, clearly less aghast to be in Celina's presence than before.
  7. [12:10:48] * @Celina patiently waits for Natalie to be done updating her journal V: "So. Sir Prickles, thank you for staying with us."
  8. [12:11:31] <Natalie> "Nn.... over here... there... okay!"  CLAMP.
  9. [12:11:47] * Natalie leaps up and streeeeeetches. "So what're we waiting for?"
  10. [12:12:53] <@Celina> "You, mostly. So, as for the matter of infiltration...might it not be more sensible to enter from the roof and work our way down?"
  11. [12:13:31] <Kain> Prickles: "I couldn't just abandon the two of you."
  12. [12:13:51] <Natalie> "Hnnn.  Have we SEEN the place up close yet?"  Nat's face scrunches up a little.  "If we can sneak around to GET there, sure."
  13. [12:14:02] <Kain> The cactuar squeezes its arms a little. he trying to flex?
  14. [12:14:10] <@Celina> (hnn)
  15. [12:14:25] <Natalie> "Don't worry!  I'll carry you if we do, Mr. Prickles!"
  16. [12:14:43] * Natalie does a few more idle leg stretches.
  17. [12:15:04] <@Celina> "I imagine getting close shan't be much of a problem, but getting in..."
  18. [12:15:29] <Natalie> "Umm, yeah, what if it's locked?"
  19. [12:15:44] * Natalie looks up, pondering, and slooooooooowly turns toward the cactuar.
  20. [12:16:40] <Kain> Prickles squibbles, not really enunciating a word but rather his curiosity.
  21. [12:17:45] <Natalie> "We'll find out when we get there~" she muses without a care.  "If you two can be sneaky enough to not be heard or anything we shouldn't have a problem with that part.  Nnnnnn.  Once we're in..."
  22. [12:18:02] <@Celina> "Of course I can."
  23. [12:18:29] <@Celina> "...But perhaps I should cause a diversion while you snuck in?"
  24. [12:19:10] <Kain> Prickles: "Lady Celina, that's far too dangerous!"
  25. [12:19:21] * Natalie walks up to the Burmecian and looks up, comparing their heights. "That COULD work too, huh? But if you do that they might get suspicious, too."
  26. [12:19:29] <Kain> Prickles: "Perhaps... I can be the distraction."
  27. [12:19:50] <@Celina> "Is it? I was thinking of playing the traveling minstrel."
  28. [12:20:14] <Natalie> "Oh!  Nobody'd get suspicious if a cactuar did it!  But if you get caught..."  Headshake headshake.  "Let's not, okay?"
  29. [12:20:42] * Natalie steps back and looks at the rat's face again. "Like, playing music?"
  30. [12:21:00] <Natalie> "Nnnnnnnmmmmmmmaybe."
  31. [12:21:07] <@Celina> "Or dancing. I used to be a dancer, you know."
  32. [12:21:14] <Kain> Prickles seems crestfallen but thinks on that a minute. "How do you plan to join us afterward?"
  33. [12:21:50] * Natalie nods along, a little poutily. "Maybe you could get inside with that, sure- but doesn't he already have a guest?"
  34. [12:22:00] <Natalie> "And how d'you know he doesn't EAT dancers?"
  35. [12:22:43] <@Celina> "That seems unlikely, at best."
  36. [12:22:54] <@Celina> " I suppose"
  37. [12:23:03] <Natalie> "Then again," Nat nods to herself, "we don't know how badly we're gonna need a distraction until we see what the place is like."
  38. [12:23:08] <@Celina> (blargh anise brain no work ;_;)
  39. [12:23:09] <Natalie> "Nnnnn."
  40. [12:23:17] <@Celina> "...Perhaps we should start there, yes."
  41. [12:23:33] <Natalie> "Then let's go see!"
  42. [12:23:35] <@Celina> "Worst case scenario, we hide and watch our mystery guest leave."
  43. [12:23:40] * Natalie heads to the... there IS a window, right?
  44. [12:23:55] <@Celina> "All right, let me get changed."
  45. [12:24:04] <@Celina> "...or perhaps not."
  46. [12:24:20] * @Celina looks over Natalie's head because she's a shortie.
  47. [12:24:34] <Natalie> "Nn.  Just wear something that won't make a lot of noise.  Like me!"
  48. [12:24:43] * Natalie spins around in her adorable white mage capelet.
  49. [12:24:56] <Natalie> Actually that's probably more a mantle than it is a capelet, the player has no fucking clue about these things.
  50. [12:24:57] <@Celina> "Of course, of course."
  51. [12:25:25] * Natalie opts to leave by the door and wait outside instead, taking Prickles.
  52. [12:26:40] * @Celina changes from Lesetiran Armor to Sentimental Dancer's Clothes (no stats)!
  53. [12:26:41] <Kain> Prickles squibbles along as the two of you leave, and you bump into the man from earlier on the way out. Samson is still rather unkempt but he's practically juggling a few boxes of things.
  54. [12:26:57] <@Celina> "Are you all right, sir?"
  55. [12:27:30] <Natalie> "Hi again!  Make sure to enjoy your stay, okay?"
  56. [12:27:34] <Kain> Samson: "Uh, yeah. Perfectly fine, thanks for asking. Just had a few things I needed to bring... need to get myself cleaned up too. You all heading out? Be careful in town."
  57. [12:28:02] <@Celina> "Thank you, we shall."
  58. [12:28:11] <Kain> He nods at Natalie.
  59. [12:28:15] * Natalie nodnods. "Just don't get too messy in there, okay? Our friends'll be back soon."
  60. [12:28:23] <Kain> Samson: "Gotta thank you all again."
  61. [12:28:53] <Natalie> "Don't worry about it!  I'm pretty sure we can't stand seeing people like this anyway."
  62. [12:29:02] * Natalie tries to withstand an 'nn' at the end but doesn't do that well.
  63. [12:29:28] <Kain> Samson: "Well, best of luck with whatever business." he moves his boxes in.
  64. [12:29:42] * @Celina shoos Natalie out the door.
  65. [12:29:54] * Natalie 's eyes fooooollow him in, but the rest of her marches out.
  66. [12:30:21] <Natalie> "Y'know," Nat whispers on the way out, "maybe we could've asked him to be the.... nnnnnah."
  67. [12:31:11] <@Celina> "Perhaps not."
  68. [12:31:52] <Natalie> "Nnnn, it's not really his problem anyway.  Okay!  Let's go!"
  69. [12:32:44] <@Celina> "Lead on."
  70. [12:32:46] <@Celina> (brb)
  71. [12:33:01] * Natalie leads ON, using the godawful reference map she scribbled in her diary.
  72. [12:33:29] <Natalie> The Glutton's mansion is surrounded by a circle inside a square inside a triangle inside a star inside another circle, for reference.
  73. [12:33:44] <Natalie> And all the other buildings are just doodles.
  74. [12:33:51] <Kain> The two of you head back into the streets. The manor itself is well visible from nearly any part of town, being a mansion built into the slope of the nearby mountain. As you walk towards it, the Qu density in the streets seems to thicken.
  75. [12:35:34] <Kain> Most of them seem too busy to bother you at the moment, but occasionally a few look your way, watching you pass. As you close in on the manor, you notice that a path branches off towards what appears to be a mine.
  76. [12:36:03] <Kain> Lore (History) or (General) might get you more information on that
  77. [12:36:43] <Natalie> 2d6 okay here we go
  78. [12:36:44] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, okay here we go: 6 [2d6=5,1]
  79. [12:37:00] <@Celina> 2d6+2
  80. [12:37:01] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, 2d6+2: 6 [2d6=1,3]
  81. [12:37:05] <@Celina> (...)
  82. [12:37:20] <Natalie> (watch Mr. Prickles get a 6 too)
  83. [12:37:39] <Kain> Sadly, you cannot team attack a skill check
  84. [12:37:56] <Natalie> (Yet.)
  85. [12:38:19] <Kain> Neither of you really know what's up with the mine, but you do see some activity over there from Non-Qu's. Maybe this is where a few of the citizens work.
  86. [12:38:53] <@Celina> "Hm."
  87. [12:39:02] <@Celina> "Perhaps they mine Ore?"
  88. [12:39:09] * Natalie mutterwhispers a half-comprehensible sentence in squibsquab. And that half-comprehensible part is "The roof looks pretty guarded."
  89. [12:39:25] <Kain> The path from here on forward merges into a polished stone staircase leading up towards the mansion.
  90. [12:39:42] <Kain> You uh, can't really see the roof from here or who's guarding it.
  91. [12:39:45] <Natalie> The rest is something like "refridgerator telephone waterpipe."  None of those things probably exist.
  92. [12:39:56] <Natalie> (Well, like, it's guarded by the mountain)
  93. [12:40:12] <Kain> Waterpipes are totally a thing, this is the age of magical steampunk.
  94. [12:40:16] <Kain> In any case
  95. [12:40:17] <Natalie> Oh yeah!
  96. [12:40:59] <Natalie> "Then what're we gonna do?  With a distraction I bet I COULD jump up really high, but we could look in there too..."
  97. [12:41:14] * Natalie wears Prickles on a shoulder if he allows it.
  98. [12:41:43] <@Celina> "Well, we can't let Sir Prickles sacrifice himself for our sakes."
  99. [12:40:16] <Kain> In any case
  100. [12:40:17] <Natalie> Oh yeah!
  101. [12:40:59] <Natalie> "Then what're we gonna do?  With a distraction I bet I COULD jump up really high, but we could look in there too..."
  102. [12:41:14] * Natalie wears Prickles on a shoulder if he allows it.
  103. [12:41:43] <@Celina> "Well, we can't let Sir Prickles sacrifice himself for our sakes."
  104. [12:41:55] <Kain> The cactuar hangs off of Nat's shoulder like some sort of Prickly decoration.
  105. [12:42:03] <Natalie> (MOE~)
  106. [12:42:39] <Kain> Prickles: "Well you lot -did- save my life, if I couldn't return the favor somehow..."
  107. [12:42:47] <Natalie> "Then let's see how quiiiiiiietly we can get around.  Maybe if there's someone in that mine we can ask for help?"
  108. [12:43:13] * Natalie reaches up and pats him. "Nah! You don't need to help us with something like THAT, do something cool later instead!"
  109. [12:43:41] <Kain> The staircase leading up to the manor branches off at one point, seeming to head further up the mountain before stopping, abruptly and continuing on as a dirt trail.
  110. [12:44:18] <Natalie> "Oh!"  Squabsquibble.  "Or we could just beat up some guards and take their...."
  111. [12:44:20] <Natalie> "..."
  112. [12:44:23] <Natalie> "Oh, right."
  113. [12:44:44] <@Celina> "Unlikely, yes."
  114. [12:44:46] <Kain> From here you can see the entrance to the manor guarded by two burly Qu in suits. These guys are fat. Not typical, qu fat, but more like the Glutton's "You merely pierced my flesh and one kidney! Have at you!" fat.
  115. [12:44:48] * Natalie grimaces a little at the thought of dressing like a Qu, shaking that thought off.
  116. [12:46:05] <Natalie> "Nnn, maybe serving them food would be a better distraction.  I KNEW we should've brought Ammy!"
  117. [12:47:08] * Natalie shakes that one off too, eyeing the dirt trail. "So we could either go around and hope for the best or try to jump in head-on."
  118. [12:47:23] <Natalie> (this is like a low-tech version of the shinra break-in goddamn)
  119. [12:47:26] * @Celina looks towards the roof.
  120. [12:47:56] <Kain> The roof of the manor does indeed look like a roof. There might be a balcony or a terrace up there somewhere, but you don't see it from here.
  121. [12:48:09] <@Celina> (bleh I'm really sorry, I feel like I'm dragging you back because I have basically no ideas and I'm too tired to think straight :<)
  122. [12:48:15] <@Celina> "...for now, let's go around."
  123. [12:48:26] <Natalie> (What's that?  An invitation to break in head- awwww)
  124. [12:48:42] * Natalie nods with a "'Kay" and lies low, taking the dirt trail.
  125. [12:48:58] * @Celina follows. sneaksneak
  126. [12:49:11] <@Celina> (also I don't remember the shinra thing at all :<)
  127. [12:49:11] <Natalie> Assuming the dirt trail looks like it's KIND OF in the manor's direction and not like... you know, to the world map or anything.
  128. [12:49:28] <Natalie> (You either fought a shitton of guards or spent literally 20 minutes running up flights of stairs.)
  129. [12:49:29] <Kain> The trail seems to wrap around and head further up the mountain.
  130. [12:49:51] <Natalie> And the mansion's built into the mountain, right?
  131. [12:49:55] <Kain> Yep
  132. [12:49:58] <Natalie> Good enough!
  133. [12:50:02] <Natalie> March march march.
  134. [12:50:06] <Natalie> ... Well, okay, it's actually sneaking.
  135. [12:50:09] <Natalie> Sneaksneaksneak.
  136. [12:50:25] <Natalie> (I think we just picked the stairs.)
  137. [12:52:10] <Kain> You head up the trail a ways, where does this lead, anyway? The trail wraps around, at one point going up and behind the manor itself, before heading further up. In the distance at the end of the trail, you see what looks to be some sort of stone arch with a massive barred gate in it. It looks fairly old, certainly older than the colony itself.
  138. [12:53:06] * Natalie stops midway before the trail changes direction, observing if they can do some crazy stunt like slide down the mountain to the roof or something.
  139. [12:53:11] <@Celina> "Hm." Celina lets her CURIOSITY get the better of her and goes to check out the arch.
  140. [12:53:17] <Kain> You can probably go off trail and try to get onto the manor roof from the back, or check out the arch.
  141. [12:53:31] <Kain> Okay then!
  142. [12:53:32] <Natalie> "Nnn.  Okay, if we go down this way, we c- ... hey, wait!"
  143. [12:53:53] * Natalie bends down to prepare for the descent but quickly jumps to her feet, following the rat with a little bit of concern.
  144. [12:54:59] <@Celina> "How convenient that we can have an excuse for tromping around up here."
  145. [12:55:19] <Natalie> "What IS it, anyway?"
  146. [12:55:22] * Natalie squints at the arch.
  147. [12:55:35] <Kain> The archway is about twenty feet tall, all in all, with a number of weird runes inscribed into the stone's surface. fact they seem to be the same script as the podium in the underwater cavern. The gate is made of some slightly corroded, dark metal and features a relief in the middle depicting a lion's head. The archway itself is positioned in between two high-risen canyon walls, either
  148. [12:55:35] <Kain> taking burmecian jumping skills or some climbing to get over.
  149. [12:55:56] <Kain> A mechanism in the lion's mouth suggests a key is required to get past.
  150. [12:56:03] <@Celina> "Something old, in any case."
  151. [12:56:13] <@Celina> (may I roll lore V:)
  152. [12:56:15] <Kain> Why did I say canyon
  153. [12:56:17] <Kain> rock walls
  154. [12:56:20] <Kain> Sure
  155. [12:56:27] <@Celina> 2d6+2 in b4 6
  156. [12:56:27] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, in b4 6: 9 [2d6=4,3]
  157. [12:56:55] * Natalie whips out the diary and scribbles a little. "Well if it's so close, maybe it's a thing. Like something Mr. Fatty-Fat's hiding?"
  158. [12:57:20] <@Celina> "Perhaps, but I'd rather have everyone here before we find out."
  159. [12:57:28] <Natalie> "But it doesn't look like it's gonna help us NOW."
  160. [12:57:58] <Kain> You feel like you may have seen the lion relief somewhere else before, but you don't quite remember. You haven't heard much about what was here when Durandal was founded, but it must have been enough to establish a town here. For either the mine, or whatever lies beyond this gate.
  161. [12:58:05] <@Celina> "Mmm. The roof?"
  162. [12:58:23] <Natalie> "Yeah, let's see if we can get down from the trail."
  163. [12:58:41] * Natalie spins around and marches back, pondering on if this has anything to do with the crystal but quickly shaking that off, too.
  164. [12:58:47] <Kain> You don't see much PAST the gate, for reference
  165. [12:58:49] * @Celina follows!
  166. [12:59:03] <Natalie> To the part of the trail near the roof!
  167. [12:59:39] <Natalie> "Nnnn.  Let's go down one at a time, okay?"
  168. [13:00:08] * Natalie takes this time to see if any balconies/terraces/etc can be seen from above.
  169. [13:00:11] <Natalie> Or... from wherever they are.
  170. [13:00:48] <Kain> From this angle near the manor you can see a terrace pretty easily. A massive table with an umbrella built into it, and a Glutton-sized chair sit on one part. All around the railing potted plants decorate the place, and you can see a bucket with fresh ice in it holding a bottle of wine.
  171. [13:01:13] <Natalie> And is there... anything moving there?  Like a person?
  172. [13:01:20] * Natalie squiiiiints.
  173. [13:01:20] <Kain> The terrace seems to have been built in an odd location. One really can't enjoy the scenery or the town from that angle.
  174. [13:01:27] <Kain> But the gate is in plain view of it.
  175. [13:01:43] <Natalie> The arch-gate or the front gate with the guards?
  176. [13:01:44] <Kain> There's a singular Qu guard sitting at a doorway on the terrace, reading a book.
  177. [13:01:50] <Kain> The arch-gate.
  178. [13:01:52] <Natalie> 'Kay.
  179. [13:02:22] * Natalie stands up. "If we go down this way we'll have to get our hands dirty. Nnnnyech."
  180. [13:02:51] <@Celina> "Perhaps we should hide ourselves and listen in?"
  181. [13:03:06] <@Celina> "With such a good vantage point..."
  182. [13:03:25] <Kain> Decision time
  183. [13:03:29] <Natalie> "Nnnn, I only see one of them.  Maybe I could use some magic as a.... nnnnnno, that might not work."
  184. [13:03:38] <Kain> Infiltrate the manor, or stake out the terrace and hope the Glutton shows up?
  185. [13:04:05] <Natalie> (Well we're not trying to MEET the Glutton, we're trying to get inside his place and find his secrets, you silly waffle!)
  186. [13:04:18] <Natalie> (player 1 picks CHOICE A)
  187. [13:04:58] <Natalie> "Leeny, how good are you at beating people up really quietly?"
  188. [13:05:14] <@Celina> (I'd kind of like to save the infiltration for sometime when we're not holding up the rest of the group since it took us this long to get here)
  189. [13:05:27] <@Celina> (and stakeout seems to be the quickest way to get plot)
  190. [13:05:41] <Natalie> (Nah, we can make it in time!)
  191. [13:05:55] <Kain> (What's the opinions of the peanut gallery?)
  192. [13:06:16] <@Celina> (uh it took us an hour just to get where we are now and we've no idea how to get inside still sooo)
  193. [13:06:38] <@Lenore> (shurg.  Whatever will get us the most juicy info, so I like A)
  194. [13:06:40] <Natalie> (nah we do, we beat up this one guard and then we do the wacky sequence where we disguise ourselves as maids and mop the glutton's chambers to steal his shit)
  195. [13:06:54] <@Lenore> (^^^^^)
  196. [13:07:19] <@Lenore> (Too bad you didn't think ahead and ask Lenore for maid outfits.  You can probably just do on-site procuring, though~)
  197. [13:07:33] <@Celina> (but...weren't we here to find out about the stranger dude, not indulge in our kleptomania?)
  198. [13:07:37] <Kain> (And cast and zoof aren't present anyway it seems)
  199. [13:07:41] <@castfromhp> (I'm here)
  200. [13:07:50] <Kain> (Oh, you were idle 12 hours)
  201. [13:07:51] <@Lenore> (Hi Cast!)
  202. [13:07:54] <Natalie> (No, Nat even has Lore (Nobility), I would think she'd be aware that each noble or otherwise mansion-owning-person has their own set of maid outfits for their maids)
  203. [13:07:58] <Kain> (Well why didn't you answer)
  204. [13:08:05] <@castfromhp> (because I was thinking :<)
  205. [13:08:20] <Natalie> (ANYWAY, we're infiltrating to learn information, yeah)
  206. [13:09:47] <Natalie> "We COULD have Mr. Prickles divert his attention and then beat him up from behind.... nnn, Qu might be pretty tough, though."
  207. [13:10:02] <@castfromhp> (anyway, up to Anise and Tree. I don't mind if it takes a bit of time, seeing as our excursion did too, but I'd be a bit :< if it took the rest of session time or something)
  208. [13:10:25] <Natalie> (Yeah, I'm thinking since it took us an hour to do all this part it probably wouldn't take more than 2 for the rest, we're making good time)
  209. [13:10:35] <Kain> Prickles: "I'm willing to risk it."
  210. [13:10:57] <@Celina> "...I'll help however I can, then."
  211. [13:11:18] <Natalie> "As long as it's not something big you can't meet back up with us right away after!"
  212. [13:11:45] <Kain> Prickles: "So then leave it to me!" he hops down and hops down the mountain - holy shit, he's fast when he wants to be.
  213. [13:12:07] * Natalie gets in position to leap when the guard's distracted, nodding to her rat-comrade.
  214. [13:12:11] <Kain> After a moment, he's landed on the terrance, and walks right up to the guard.
  215. [13:12:35] * @Celina nods back.
  216. [13:13:29] <Kain> "Squibble squibble squibble!" The Qu looks up, confused for a moment, then leaps to his feet. "Cactuar! I so thirsty... you come here, I cut you open and drink your juices!" the qu gets out a battlefork and proceeds to start chasing Prickles around the terrace.
  217. [13:13:50] <Natalie> "... I guess that's KIND of a distraction."
  218. [13:13:57] * Natalie leaps when his back faces them!
  219. [13:14:17] <Natalie> Leaps as in... DROP-KICK LEAP.
  220. [13:14:25] <Kain> The Qu eventually corners Prickles, but has his back to you two...
  221. [13:14:59] <Natalie> 2d6+2 I can't get away without rolling it, huh
  222. [13:15:00] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I can't get away without rolling it, huh: 9 [2d6=1,6]
  223. [13:15:05] <Kain> Fade to black -WHAP BAM KICK SLAM- fade back in. And he's down from a surprise attack!
  224. [13:15:12] <Natalie> I LIKE THAT MUCH MORE
  225. [13:15:13] <Natalie> THANK YOU
  226. [13:15:21] * @Celina follows! And she can get away without rolling it. Also fuck yeah Prickles.
  227. [13:15:33] <Natalie> Fuck yeah Prickles indeed, says the flavor text.
  228. [13:15:53] <Kain> The dazed qu lies unconscious on the terrace, and prickles squibbles. "Well then, that wasn't as hard as I thought. Shall we?"
  229. [13:15:56] * Natalie whispers in squibblesquab. "Great job! Maybe he has some keys or something."
  230. [13:16:21] <Natalie> A quick glance to see if this guard is one of THOSE guards.  You know, the ones where you press X to get keys next to their bodies.
  231. [13:16:27] <Kain> He doesn't, but when you check the terrace door it's not locked either.
  232. [13:16:34] <Natalie> Fair 'nuff!
  233. [13:16:38] <Kain> You do loot 100 gil off him though.
  234. [13:16:55] * Natalie sneaaaaaaaks - oh that's cool - through the door, or rather peeks a head in to make sure it's clear.
  235. [13:17:02] * @Celina listens at the door before sneak sneak oh okay
  236. [13:17:05] <Natalie> Prickles gets a ride again by the way.
  237. [13:17:14] <Kain> And he takes the ride!
  238. [13:17:20] <Natalie> Naaaah, the rat's plan is better!  Nat instead prepares TO do that.
  239. [13:17:35] <Kain> You listen at the door a moment... you don't hear anything.
  240. [13:17:43] <Natalie> Okay, peeeeeeeek.
  241. [13:17:59] <zoofman> (?)
  242. [13:18:02] <zoofman> (Just got home)
  243. [13:18:29] <@Celina> (too late zoof)
  244. [13:19:22] <Kain> The hallway beyond the door is a fairly lavish one, with a deep red plush carpet, and several expensive-looking paintings, vases, and decorative weapons lining the place. You can see four doors, two on either side of the hallway, and a staircase leading down.
  245. [13:19:31] <@castfromhp> (gonna park my phone in here and go grocery shopping so I don't have to scramble for dinner)
  246. [13:19:31] <Kain> One of the doors is cracked open a tiny bit.
  247. [13:20:58] <Natalie> "Ooookay," a tiny whisper, "it looks clear.  If something happens to one of us the rest should go back and warn the others, okay?  Not that it WILL or anything."
  248. [13:21:07] <@Celina> "Mmm."
  249. [13:21:32] * @Celina tiptoes to the slightly open door on RATFEET
  250. [13:21:34] * Natalie points a finger toward the kind-of-open door. "Let's start with that one!"
  251. [13:21:43] <Natalie> And then they both have the same idea at the same time.
  252. [13:21:59] <Kain> NOW stealth checks...
  253. [13:22:04] <Natalie> 2d6+4 cranked the fuck up
  254. [13:22:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, cranked the fuck up: 10 [2d6=5,1]
  255. [13:22:26] <@Celina> burning a destiny
  256. [13:22:31] <@Celina> 3d6 what could go wrong
  257. [13:22:31] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, what could go wrong: 10 [3d6=1,5,4]
  258. [13:22:53] <Kain> I'll use these checks for the rest of the infiltration if you don't mind
  259. [13:23:05] <Natalie> (so average ;~;)
  260. [13:23:13] <@Celina> (I don't mind)
  261. [13:23:20] <@Celina> (burning more destiny would suck)
  262. [13:26:00] <Kain> You cautiously move up to the door and peeek in. The room beyond is dark, but you can make out a number of statues inside. There's one of the Glutton, one of what looks to be some large, demonish creature with curved ram horns and an enormous tail, there's a really big statue of some kind that looks like a hunched man hiding behind an ingraved tablet, and for some reason there's a tiny model
  263. [13:26:00] <Kain> Lindblum sitting on a pedestal.
  264. [13:26:14] <@Celina> (ffff)
  265. [13:26:58] <@Celina> 2d6+2 lore (eidolons) WONDER WHAT THEMS IS
  266. [13:26:59] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, lore (eidolons) WONDER WHAT THEMS IS: 7 [2d6=2,3]
  267. [13:26:59] <Kain> This room looks pretty dusty, nothing's been cleaned in quite a while except the model city.
  268. [13:27:27] * Natalie whispers, "Is that ALL? Why's this door open, anyway? Let's try the next one!"
  269. [13:27:42] <Kain> You don't recognize anything in particular...
  270. [13:27:45] <Kain> Awareness though
  271. [13:27:55] <Natalie> 2d6 from both?  Because ha ha ha.
  272. [13:27:56] <@Celina> 2d6+2
  273. [13:27:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, from both?  Because ha ha ha.: 7 [2d6=1,6]
  274. [13:27:57] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, 2d6+2: 14 [2d6=6,6]
  275. [13:28:03] <@Celina> (CRITICAL)
  276. [13:28:05] <@Celina> (FINALLY)
  277. [13:28:10] <Natalie> (I am SO AVERAGE today)
  278. [13:29:10] <@Celina> "...Perhaps there is something in here. Cover me, will you?"
  279. [13:29:33] <Natalie> "Sure sure.  Don't knock anything over."
  280. [13:29:50] * Natalie ducks down by the door and uses Prickles as an extra set of eyes.
  281. [13:29:51] * @Celina slips inside and makes her way over, ever so slowly, to the statue of the man.
  282. [13:29:58] <Kain> welp
  283. [13:30:02] <Kain> As you approach
  284. [13:30:14] <Kain> The tablet it's holding splits apart in the middle and opens.
  285. [13:30:37] * Natalie glaaaaances back.
  286. [13:30:43] <Kain> And out of the darkness inside steps.... Celina?
  287. [13:30:47] <@Celina> (FUCK)
  288. [13:30:51] <Natalie> (why why why why why)
  289. [13:30:55] <@Celina> (FUUUCK)
  290. [13:31:04] <Natalie> (get the fuck out of there)
  291. [13:31:04] <@Celina> (...wait, don't we have a soft)
  292. [13:31:12] <Natalie> (SHIT WHO HAS IT)
  293. [13:31:31] <Kain> Celina?: "...who are you?"
  294. [13:31:37] <@Celina> (too bad I can't actually do that without metagaming though)
  295. [13:31:43] <@Celina> "...I should ask you the same thing."
  296. [13:32:23] <Natalie> (ha, turns out NOBODY put it on their sheets)
  297. [13:32:53] <Natalie> "Nnnn," a whisper, "what did you do?"
  298. [13:33:05] <Kain> Celina?: "Clearly this is some sort of trick."
  299. [13:33:18] <Kain> Celina?: "You can't possibly be me."
  300. [13:33:37] * Natalie spins around and nearly facepalms. Well, Prickles still gets to keep watch.
  301. [13:33:46] <@Celina> (goddammit everyone always makes a big deal of taking shit before Celina can get to it and then they don't but it on their sheets ffffff)
  302. [13:33:53] <@Celina> "Correct."
  303. [13:34:04] <@Celina> "Entirely so, most likely. Now, if you'll excuse me..."
  304. [13:34:25] <Kain> Celina?: "Excuse you? I'm not likely to let a fake like yourself wander about."
  305. [13:34:47] <Kain> Celina? steps into a battle stance.
  306. [13:34:52] * @Celina sighs, rubbing at her eyes. "Very well. Let's make this quick, then."
  307. [13:35:02] <Kain> Celina?: "Natalie? Be a dear and help me, would you?"
  308. [13:35:14] * Natalie crosses her arms and sighs.
  309. [13:35:27] <Natalie> "Leeny's never called me anything but 'Miss Natalie.'  Get outta here."
  310. [13:35:42] <@Celina> "Miss Natalie, do keep watch, please."
  311. [13:35:54] <Kain> Celina?: "...what?"
  312. [13:36:01] <Kain> combat
  313. [13:36:27] * Natalie nods and turns back to doing so. "Lemme know if you need help, 'kay? Oh, and try to be quiet."
  314. [13:37:03] <@Celina> 2d6+3 fire breath
  315. [13:37:04] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, fire breath: 10 [2d6=5,2]
  316. [13:37:26] <Kain> Yep
  317. [13:37:35] <@Celina> 13 fire damage aaand
  318. [13:37:47] <@Celina> 2d6+2 for blind
  319. [13:37:47] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, for blind: 9 [2d6=5,2]
  320. [13:37:50] <Kain> 2d6+2
  321. [13:37:51] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+2: 12 [2d6=6,4]
  322. [13:38:04] <@Celina> :<
  323. [13:38:18] <Kain> 2d6+3 She leaps at you, spinning with her lashknife!
  324. [13:38:18] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, She leaps at you, spinning with her lashknife!: 6 [2d6=1,2]
  325. [13:38:30] <@Celina> nope~
  326. [13:38:41] <@Celina> too bad she has to hit for whirling spear to trigger
  327. [13:38:51] <@Celina> 2d6+3 blarf fire
  328. [13:38:52] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, blarf fire: 10 [2d6=4,3]
  329. [13:39:02] <@Celina> 13 fire damage and
  330. [13:39:05] <@Celina> 2d6+2
  331. [13:39:06] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, 2d6+2: 8 [2d6=3,3]
  332. [13:39:13] <@Celina> how average
  333. [13:39:13] <Kain> 2d6+2
  334. [13:39:13] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+2: 8 [2d6=3,3]
  335. [13:39:19] <Kain> Player wins the tie.
  336. [13:39:25] <@Celina> 2d6+2 CAN IT HAPPEN AGAIN
  337. [13:39:26] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, CAN IT HAPPEN AGAIN: 5 [2d6=2,1]
  338. [13:39:31] <@Celina> okay no it can't
  339. [13:39:34] <@Celina> anyway she blinded
  340. [13:39:40] <Natalie> (>shinies in my ffd6)
  341. [13:39:53] <@Celina> provided she's susceptible to blind
  342. [13:39:54] <Kain> 1d6+3 she returns Fire Breath in kind.
  343. [13:39:55] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, she returns Fire Breath in kind.: 7 [1d6=4]
  344. [13:39:58] <@Celina> nope
  345. [13:40:31] <@Celina> 2d6+3 blarf lightning
  346. [13:40:31] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, blarf lightning: 9 [2d6=1,5]
  347. [13:40:37] <Kain> Just
  348. [13:40:48] <@Celina> 17 damage and
  349. [13:41:00] <@Celina> 2d6+4
  350. [13:41:01] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, 2d6+4: 10 [2d6=4,2]
  351. [13:41:04] <Kain> 2d6+4
  352. [13:41:05] <DiceMaid-9001> Kain, 2d6+4: 13 [2d6=3,6]
  353. [13:41:08] <@Celina> k
  354. [13:41:24] <Kain> She stumbles backwards, towards a curtained window in the back, breathing hard.
  355. [13:41:42] <@Celina> "You'll have to try harder than that."
  356. [13:41:47] * Natalie tilts her head totally backward, looking at the fight upside-down. "Done yet?"
  357. [13:42:00] <@Celina> "Almost, I believe."
  358. [13:42:09] <Kain> Celina?: "This isn't right... I'm... I'm the one who's going to avenge Cleyra. I am the one who will slay the monster that ruined our lives... I'm..."
  359. [13:42:19] <Kain> Celina?'s eyes glow. "I'm the real Celina!"
  360. [13:42:49] <Kain> Darkness pools on the floor and a mirror rises up out of the murk, turning to reflect the image of a skeleton with a scythe.
  361. [13:43:13] * @Celina freezes in place. OH GOD THE MIRROR FROM IPSEN'S CASTLE AAAAaaa
  362. [13:43:14] <Kain> It shatters, wholly, and Celina feels her life force stripped from her body.
  363. [13:43:17] <Kain> Instant KO
  364. [13:43:36] <@Celina> (wait, not even a roll to avoid or anything?)
  365. [13:43:40] * Natalie gets up with a yaaaaawn and nods to Mr. Prickles before walking over to the ratbody.
  366. [13:43:40] <@Celina> (okay.jpg)
  367. [13:43:43] <Kain> The doppleganger stares a moment, seemingly come to her senses, and backs away in fright. "What did I just...?"
  368. [13:43:47] <Natalie> (FF9 sure didn't give you one of those)
  369. [13:43:49] * @Celina collapses.
  370. [13:44:07] <Kain> "No, no!" The doppleganger rips open the curtain, throws the window up and leaps out, escaping.
  371. [13:44:23] <Natalie> "Oh, um.  Wait a second!"
  372. [13:44:29] <Kain> She is gone.
  373. [13:44:37] <@Celina> (uh-ohhhhh)
  374. [13:44:38] <Natalie> "... Well that's gonna be fun to explain."
  375. [13:45:06] * Natalie twirls a phoenix down around in her hand. "Should I, Prickles?"
  376. [13:45:33] <Kain> Prickles: "You should be able to revive her without that without... whatever that was getting in your way, right?"
  377. [13:45:48] <Kain> (You return to 1 HP at the end of battle)
  378. [13:45:52] <Kain> (And then white mage innate :V)
  379. [13:46:01] <Natalie> (Actually I totally swapped already, so NOEP)
  380. [13:46:10] <Natalie> (Manual-healing isn't that bad though)
  381. [13:46:18] <Kain> (Well she still revives)
  382. [13:46:27] <Kain> After a bit, Celina comes back to consciousness.
  383. [13:46:33] <@Celina> "Nnngh."
  384. [13:46:37] <Natalie> (Okay, wasn't sure if you were counting escaping as the battle remaining FOREVER UNFINISHED or what)
  385. [13:46:45] * @Celina doesn't look too happy, to say the least.
  386. [13:46:57] <Natalie> "Well, that was a pretty dumb idea!"
  387. [13:47:05] * Natalie smiles. "Oh well, we'll deal with it later. C'mon, let's go."
  388. [13:47:17] <@Celina> "...Correct. On both counts."
  389. [13:47:45] * @Celina brushes herself off and limps after Natalie, careful to close the door so it was more-or-less the way they found it.
  390. [13:48:07] * Natalie twirls a wisp of healing light and looks questioningly, debating whether or not it's worth using so soon.
  391. [13:48:19] <Kain> After you both leave, in the darkness...
  392. [13:48:25] <Kain> The epitaph's eyes flash once more...
  393. [13:48:32] <Natalie> "Go go go go go."
  394. [13:48:33] <Kain> MOVING ON
  395. [13:48:36] <@Celina> (fuck you too, buddy)
  396. [13:48:43] <@Celina> (the epitaph, not you kainy :3)
  397. [13:49:05] * @Celina moves on etc
  398. [13:49:24] * Natalie makes sure the coast is clear before traversing the hallway, stopping at the closest door to listen for any sounds.
  399. [13:49:33] <Kain> Awareness!
  400. [13:49:37] <Natalie> 2d6 ha
  401. [13:49:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, ha: 9 [2d6=3,6]
  402. [13:49:40] <@Celina> 2d6+2
  403. [13:49:41] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, 2d6+2: 7 [2d6=3,2]
  404. [13:49:53] <@Celina> remember that time I got a crit on an awareness check
  405. [13:49:56] <Kain> Nat hears a Qu somewhere down the hall. "I thought I hear shout."
  406. [13:50:26] <Natalie> "Crap," whisper, "let's hide in... somewhere!"
  407. [13:50:28] <Kain> "Which room?" "Ohhh, maybe not good idea go in there..."
  408. [13:50:59] <@Celina> "Pick a room," Celina hisses to Natalie.
  409. [13:51:09] <Natalie> "Eenie meenie..."
  410. [13:51:11] <Natalie> 1d3
  411. [13:51:12] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, 1d3: 1 [1d3=1]
  412. [13:51:17] <Natalie> Yep, closest door!
  413. [13:51:36] <Natalie> Nat spends maybe all of two seconds listening for sounds from inside before attempting to open it.
  414. [13:52:53] <Kain> You duck into the closest room as the two Qu bumble down the hallway. You didn't hear sounds from in here, and as you enter you notice this is some sort of treasury. Expensive-looking treasure chests dot the walls, each covered in a number of glowy runes.
  415. [13:53:23] <Kain> The two guards walk by, hanging outside of the previous room for a moment.
  416. [13:53:31] * Natalie does a little excited dance upon finding out what's in the room, in mostly-silence. Then a whisper.
  417. [13:53:38] <@Celina> "No, Miss Natalie."
  418. [13:53:39] <Natalie> "Okay!  This should tell us all we need to know about him!"
  419. [13:53:55] <@Celina> "Don't touch anything."
  420. [13:54:03] <Natalie> "Yeah, it's probably all stolen."
  421. [13:54:08] <Kain> "I not going in there. Not even for boss." "Fine, Quiso would raise alert if anything happen this way anyway."
  422. [13:54:28] <Natalie> (I can just envision the way the textboxes are moving really vividly for some reason)
  423. [13:54:50] <Kain> The voices keep chattering, going back down the hallway.
  424. [13:55:08] * Natalie does as instructed, tiptoeing around inside the room and looking to see if anything stands out.
  425. [13:55:14] <Natalie> No touching though!
  426. [13:55:49] <Kain> Just the treasure chests and some expensive art.
  427. [13:56:07] * @Celina peers out of the room and waits for her chance to resume sneaking.
  428. [13:56:16] <Kain> dare you risk setting off an alarm, or even worse, the dreaded monster-in-a-box?
  429. [13:56:27] <Kain> You get that chance shortly enough.
  430. [13:56:46] <Kain> The hallway clears out. The other two rooms are just boring lounge-type areas though so I'll save you some time there.
  431. [13:56:48] <@Celina> (don't touch anythiiiing)
  432. [13:56:58] <@Celina> (glowy things are bad mmmkay)
  433. [13:57:15] * @Celina looks for stairs then v:
  434. [13:57:34] * Natalie just headshakes at them. "Well, no clues we can use in there. Lessee..."
  435. [13:57:41] <Natalie> Tiptoe tiptoe stairs!
  436. [13:58:04] <Kain> You tiptoe down towards the stairs, making sure to trail far enough behind the guards to not be spotted. You come down to the upper walkway above a foyer, where you hear a familiar voice booming.
  437. [13:58:20] <Kain> "So you say. But can you prove it?"
  438. [13:58:22] * @Celina DIVES FOR COVER while eavesdropping.
  439. [13:58:52] * Natalie does the same, though a little less dramatically.
  440. [13:59:48] <Kain> A feminine voice chuckles. "Prove it? Why my dear Glutton... the stars need not prove they glitter in the night sky, they merely do."
  441. [14:00:00] <@Celina> (congrats, Kain)
  442. [14:00:06] <@Celina> (two sentences and I already want to slap his shit)
  443. [14:00:24] <Natalie> (I like how everyone reached the same conclusion but nobody actually said it)
  444. [14:00:58] <@Celina> (what)
  445. [14:01:02] <Natalie> (what)
  446. [14:01:09] <@Celina> (what)
  447. [14:01:11] <Natalie> (what)
  448. [14:01:14] <@Celina> (I'm confused)
  449. [14:01:16] <@Celina> (stop it)
  450. [14:01:26] <Natalie> (no you're not, the doppelganger's breath missed)
  451. [14:01:45] <@Celina> (die in a fire :C)
  452. [14:01:51] <Natalie> (treehee)
  453. [14:02:14] <Kain> You peer over the walkway and see the Glutton moving towards a doorway to the east. Behind him trails a woman with silver hair, in a combination of light purple silks and lingerie. A brown tail flicks behind her as she gestures dramatically. "In any case, my identity isn't the issue here. As long as I hold up to our arrangements there should be no problem, correct?"
  454. [14:02:15] <Kain>
  455. [14:02:37] <Natalie> (I'm going to just mail you my reaction image folder)
  456. [14:02:47] <@Celina> (I am rat and WHAT IS THIS)
  457. [14:03:44] * @Celina narrows her eyes, but keeps listening.
  458. [14:03:45] * Natalie leans over for a tinywhisper. "Is THAT the guest? How can she stand to... dress... like..."
  459. [14:03:48] <Kain> Two women follow behind the first, both dressed in... questionable sorts of Black Mage robes. Wait a second, you've seen them before, somewhere...
  460. [14:03:53] <Kain> Oh yeah.
  461. [14:03:54] <@Celina> "Ssh."
  462. [14:04:04] <Kain> This was what Theta had sketched in his notebook.
  463. [14:04:05] * Natalie grimaces visibly but shuts up.
  464. [14:04:11] <Natalie> (OH DEAR)
  465. [14:04:21] <@Celina> (Theta we are going to have WORDS.)
  466. [14:04:44] * Natalie makes some tiny scribbles in her own diary as they exit the scene.
  467. [14:04:54] <@Lenore> (oh boy)
  468. [14:05:26] <Kain> "Hmph. Very well."
  469. [14:06:44] <Kain> "Whether you are Kuja or not, it makes little difference as long as you supply me with power. What will you do with the shards?"
  470. [14:07:22] <Natalie> Scribblescribble.  K... O... O... J...
  471. [14:09:52] * @Celina tenses as she stares down at the two.
  472. [14:10:07] * Natalie keeps eavesdropping until they leave.
  473. [14:10:19] <Natalie> Some more jotting, too.
  474. [14:10:25] <Kain> (One sec)
  475. [14:16:31] <Kain> The woman runs her fingers through her hair, gesturing dramatically. "The crystal shards are merely props for the grand play I am writing... I take them with me to the grand stage called Lindblum... the regent no doubt thinks he's safe within those walls, hiding behind the last summoner. But I will write a beautiful new chapter in this play... one that will drown their hard-won happy ending
  476. [14:16:31] <Kain> in a crimson river of sweet tragedy. Come, my pets." she coos to the mages, as she heads for the door.
  477. [14:17:31] * @Celina grits her teeth and makes a 'we should probably get out of here' motion at Natalie.
  478. [14:17:47] <Natalie> Scribblescribblescribblescribble.  Nat takes a moment to finish writing before glaring up and nodding.
  479. [14:17:48] <Kain> The glutton turns, a moment. "Wait. ...why did you choose that design?"
  480. [14:18:51] <Kain> The woman simply laughs to herself. "Because I have an eye for art, my dear Qu. Something that those other, wretched genomes lack. And the original designer... he won't be using that design anytime soon."
  481. [14:19:24] <Kain> She exits out the front with her entourage.
  482. [14:19:28] * Natalie quietly stands up and tiptoes out backwards once the voices are behind a door or something.
  483. [14:19:42] <Natalie> UnLESS the bottom floor is unguarded.... naaah.
  484. [14:20:44] <Kain> You quickly skedaddle back out the terrace door and sneak back on to the mountain trail.
  485. [14:21:15] <@Celina> "Well, then. Miss Natalie...are you all right?"
  486. [14:21:42] * Natalie giggles at the presumably-still-fallen guard before embracing the safety of the mountain trail. "Yeah, you bet! You're not hurt from that fight or anything, right?"
  487. [14:22:44] <@Celina> "Not enough to matter."
  488. [14:22:49] <@Celina> "Let's meet up with the others."
  489. [14:22:58] <Natalie> "Nnnkay!  So what'd we learn again?"
  490. [14:23:02] * Natalie begins the trek back.
  491. [14:23:37] <Natalie> (You can probably sceneswap us if you want Kainy, unless the others still aren't here in which case we COULD wordswordswords)
  492. [14:23:53] <@Lenore> (:3)
  493. [14:23:59] <Kain> (Cast is still gone I think, feel free to words)
  494. [14:24:04] <Kain> (Zoof should probably read up)
  495. [14:24:11] <Natalie> (Oh right, shoppin')
  496. [14:24:42] <Natalie> (what'd I tell you paranoid goofwaffles, that wasn't even 1:30- ... wait, I was the one claiming it'd take all session, wasn't I)
  497. [14:24:43] <Natalie> (Oopsies~)
  498. [14:25:31] <@castfromhp> (okay I'm back)
  499. [14:27:15] <Kain> SCENE TRANSITION
  500. [14:27:34] <Kain> Back in Waltz Beast Emporium...
  501. [14:27:48] <Kain> The Black Waltz has revealed himself, and extended his hand in alliance.
  502. [14:28:44] <Kain> Walt: "Going to leave me hanging? Eheeehee, they usually do."
  503. [14:28:52] * @Lenore gulps.
  504. [14:28:57] <@Lenore> "A-a-a-a..."
  505. [14:29:13] <@Lenore> "...a deal's a deal!"  She thrusts her hand forward to meet his.
  506. [14:29:29] * @Amaryllis shakes his hand confidently.
  507. [14:29:38] <@Kain> Walt shakes your hands. "Indeed it is."
  508. [14:30:07] * Theta is quiet for a bit, then starts to say something, stops, then starts again. "Excuse me for the sudden inquirey but you are...a black mage, correct?"
  509. [14:30:28] <@Kain> Walt: "A black mage? Eheehee... a Black Mage? Hahaha, good one!"
  510. [14:30:35] * Amaryllis settles back and gives Theta a glance out of the corner of her eye.
  511. [14:30:44] <@Kain> Walt: "No, I am of the same stock, but I'm a liiittle different."
  512. [14:32:06] <@Kain> Walt: "I was specially created to capture Princess Garnet-Queen Garnet now- ten years ago by her mother, Brahne. I was one of three, the Black Waltzes we. But then each of us was killed in turn. As for myself... well. Eheeehee.... I got better."
  513. [14:32:36] <@Kain> Walt: "What I am... is far more than a simple black mage."
  514. [14:32:55] <Theta> "...Ten years?  Well, yes, I cannot help but agree given the life spans of the others in the village..."
  515. [14:33:34] <@Lenore> "Mmmmm, that's cool!"
  516. [14:34:07] <Theta> "I have much I desire to ask you reguarding your experiences, as I am doing research to improve the life span of the mages, but that is outside the topic of this agreement of ours," he extends his hand.
  517. [14:34:08] <Amaryllis> "Got better?"
  518. [14:34:32] <@Kain> Walt: "Not much time for a human, but ten lifetimes to one of our kind, hm? To tell you the truth, I don't know why I'm still alive, either. We were created for such a short-term mission, too. It doesn't make sense my lifespan would be any better, but you don't see me complaining, eheehee..."
  519. [14:35:31] <Amaryllis> "No, I mean, if you were as you said killed, then how do you yet remain here?"
  520. [14:35:35] <Theta> "Unfortionately, it is a puzzle to us of the villge as well.  The secret either died with Master Vivi, or he himself was also unaware of how it was those as yourselves came to be."
  521. [14:37:02] <@Kain> Walt: "Yes, I'm pret-ty sure I died, killed by a young thief in the Ice Caverns near Dali - not that they're ice anymore mind you, they call it Dali Falls now. I saw the beyond, where the souls dwell in the realm of light, in their cycle of reincarnation. But then I awoke, soaked in water. My wounds healed. Divine intervention? Who knows, but I think something clearly wanted me alive."
  522. [14:38:01] <@Kain> Walt: "In any case, my 'programming' was broken and I decided to abandon my task, since Three had clearly failed and he was stronger than I. I've cobbled out a decent living over the years, as you can see." he gestures around with a claw.
  523. [14:39:30] <Amaryllis> "A new chapter in your life, or perhaps cast into a new role in the world's tales after death." Ammy looks at Walt with a hint of empathy in her eyes. "I see."
  524. [14:40:27] <Theta> "Saw the beyond?  I...hrm," he seems lost in thought a little.  "I suppose your own predicament is a much a mystery as to why the eldest mage of the village too has stayed as he is.  Hrm."
  525. [14:42:14] <@Kain> Walt: "Vivi, yes... I never met him myself but I believe it was him that dealt a mortal wound to my brother, the third black waltz. Quite powerful for a prototype. I don't think I've heard of the other guy."
  526. [14:42:56] <@Lenore> "S-so..."
  527. [14:43:11] <@Lenore> "If you're such a fancy prototype, do you know any special spells?"
  528. [14:43:30] <Amaryllis> "What did you see, beyond the veil of this world?" Ammy leans in slightly.
  529. [14:43:44] <Theta> "As I am to understand he was simply a first generation of the mass produced kind, but...well, is still kicking." (I forgot the number you told me he is.)
  530. [14:44:56] <Theta> "As for your question, Lenore, my take on it was the prototypes were more than proof of concept, but to see the extent of power they could give life.  The mass produced models were severely more limited."
  531. [14:45:11] <Kain_> "Let's see.... best spell I know is Freeze. Ice magic's my specialty."
  532. [14:45:28] <Kain_> Walt: "And for you... well it's not as special as you might think it is."
  533. [14:46:03] <@Lenore> "Ah...well, not quite the kind I was looking for, but that's pretty cool!"
  534. [14:46:10] <Kain_> Walt: "Glowing light, big translucent crystal, souls flying around everywhere. From what I made of it it was just a 'hang out' spot until their rebirth."
  535. [14:47:02] <Kain_> Walt: "There's a flow to it, and the Iifa tree used to mess with that flow, but that stopped." he shrugs.
  536. [14:47:59] <Kain_> Walt: "It was what caused the Mist for the longest. It's the dregs of souls, from the process the Iifa Tree used to filter them. It's why monsters and Black Mages could be made of it to begin with, it was life force once itself."
  537. [14:48:38] * Amaryllis nods and settles back. She sneaks a few curious glances toward Theta, waiting for what he's going to ask.
  538. [14:50:49] <Kain_> Walt: "I'm sure giving you guys a lot of information for free, hee hee. I'm not usually this talkative. But it's rare to get a Genome out this way."
  539. [14:51:38] <Theta> "I am simply astonished to see one of your kind other than the children of Vivi outside the village.  I imagine with the profile you have kept that they are unaware of your existance at all."
  540. [14:52:40] <Kain_> Walt: "Those tykes? Yeah, if they knew I was around I wouldn't doubt one of them would try and hunt me down."
  541. [14:53:07] <Kain_> Walt: "My brother massacred quite a few black mages in his brief lifespan... heehee."
  542. [14:54:31] <Kain_> You can almost imagine an unsettling grin on his face under the hat and inside the darkness. But you certainly can't see it.
  543. [14:54:33] <Theta> "Mmm, I see."
  544. [14:54:54] <Kain_> Walt: "I keep quiet, and to myself, offer a surprisingly useful service, and no one ruffles my feathers."
  545. [14:55:59] <Amaryllis> "Do you know if perhaps your brothers survived in the same manner?"
  546. [14:56:10] <Theta> "I shall strive to keep your discresion on such matters to your own, then.  A pity your own understanding of your longetivity is as much a mystery to you as it is us.  As I said, before, however, this is outside your deal, which I have no quarrel with."
  547. [14:56:21] <Kain_> Walt: "If they did, haven't seen'em."
  548. [14:57:30] <Kain_> Walt: "Maybe they got lost. Eheehee..."
  549. [14:58:08] <Kain_> Walt: "You folks need anything else from ol' Walt?"
  550. [14:58:43] <Theta> "Mmm...that bell of yours, you mentioned it came from a long departed Geomancer."
  551. [15:01:30] <Kain_> Walt: "That's right, eheehee. A fuzzy little moogle by the name of Kujata, if I recall."
  552. [15:01:48] <@Lenore> "Hmmmm...I don't need anything else from you right now, but if I get more money I'll let you know!"
  553. [15:02:23] <Theta> "...Interesting name, though I suppose it's not too unsuaul considering...Moogles, and yes, I have nothing more to ask of you."
  554. [15:02:23] <Kain_> Walt pulls the bell out and rings it. It looks like a collar bell for cats, minus the collar.
  555. [15:03:07] <Kain_> Walt: "Very well, you know where to find me once you have the cash, ehehee.."
  556. [15:03:18] <Kain_> Walt: "If you want the bell, it's 5,000 gil."
  557. [15:03:34] <Kain_> He puts it away for now.
  558. [15:04:47] <Kain_> Walt: "If that's all, then I believe our business is concluded for now, ehehe..."
  559. [15:05:14] <Amaryllis> "Indeed." Ammy seems like she's snapping out of a long thought as she stands up, looking to the other two.
  560. [15:06:03] * Theta nods and stands as well, ready to depart.
  561. [15:06:58] <Kain_> Reunite the party?
  562. [15:07:19] <@Lenore> Y
  563. [15:07:26] <Theta> NO TO HELL WITH - okay
  564. [15:08:22] <Natalie> Y
  565. [15:08:25] <Kain_> You all meet back up shortly at the inn. Samson is conveniently gone again, Brynna mentioning he had gone to work if you ask around.
  566. [15:09:45] <Kain_> Prickles: "This is... troubling."
  567. [15:09:54] <Kain_> Prickles: "I'll let one of the ladies explain."
  568. [15:10:15] * Natalie has been SHUFFLING and IMPATIENT the whole time, giving Prickles a nod of thanks.
  569. [15:10:20] <Natalie> "Ammy!"
  570. [15:10:29] <Amaryllis> "I believe we have struck an accord with Walt, but please, proceed. The matter of the Glutton's guest is...important to our deal."
  571. [15:10:33] <Amaryllis> "Yes milady?"
  572. [15:10:44] * Theta stares at the cactuar, confused, just sorta pretends to know what's going on and watching the others.
  573. [15:10:47] <Natalie> "You still remember that story, right?  The one about the heroes?"
  574. [15:11:28] * Natalie :<s. "Kuja! Tell me about Kuja!"
  575. [15:11:44] <@Lenore> "K-Kuja?  ...what was that name again?"
  576. [15:11:53] <Theta> "What about him?"
  577. [15:12:01] <Natalie> "... Him?"
  578. [15:12:05] <@Lenore> "Sounds vaguely familiar."
  579. [15:12:20] * Natalie leaps out of the bed and STOMPS the ground. "THAT'S what was wrong!"
  580. [15:12:29] <Amaryllis> "He sought the power of the Eidolons, stealing them from the last of the summoner's tribe and waging a war that swept up the whole world." Ammy stands up and makes sweeping gestures with her arms as she explains.
  581. [15:12:54] <Amaryllis> "...And it's all in this book I have been carrying around milady, if you care to read." Ammy quickly settles down again and pushes a large tome toward Nat.
  582. [15:13:13] <Natalie> After shutting up to enjoy the story, Nat nods with a smile, and then nods again with an ANGRY GLARE.  "That's what the guest called herself!"
  583. [15:13:18] <Theta> "Not just this one.  He destroyed Terra in a fit of rage, and sought to destroy this one as well until the heroes intervene."
  584. [15:13:20] <Amaryllis> "It is the precursor to the tale we have been woven into today."
  585. [15:13:26] <Theta> (intervened*)
  586. [15:13:29] * Amaryllis nods at Theta's addition.
  587. [15:13:38] <Amaryllis> "Herself? Kuja?" Ammy is confused.
  588. [15:13:41] <Theta> "He is, as far as I am aware, long gone from this world."
  589. [15:13:41] <Kain_> Ammy seems to have gotten an account of the  Battle of the Iifa Tree and the alexandrian war proceeding it from somewhere
  590. [15:13:46] <Natalie> "She wasn't a 'he' at all, no way!"
  591. [15:14:19] <Theta> "Well, then who you saw was not Kuja."
  592. [15:14:23] * Amaryllis thinks. "I suppose one could easily mistake Kuja for a woman."
  593. [15:14:33] * Natalie falls back onto the bed. "No wonder Mr. Fatty didn't trust her at all! Something about supplying him power... something something crystal shards..."
  594. [15:14:42] * Theta looks at Amy like she's talking about bigfoot.
  595. [15:16:14] <Natalie> "Oh, and there were people with her wearing these RIDICULOUS outfits that I swear I saw before, it was something like... this... and like this over here..."
  596. [15:16:26] * @Lenore just sort of staaaares and listens. Genderswaps? Crystals? Outfits?
  597. [15:16:26] * Natalie pantomimes the appearance of the clothing after grimacing at her awful sketch.
  598. [15:16:42] <@Lenore> "...wait, is that..."
  599. [15:16:52] * Amaryllis looks back at Theta. Doesn't want to tell him he could be mistaken for a woman as well.
  600. [15:17:09] <Natalie> "Can't remember where I saw it last time, but I wouldn't be caught DEAD in it."
  601. [15:17:10] <Natalie> :<
  602. [15:17:26] <Theta> "Didn't we expect it to be those two clowns from before anyway? The twins?"
  603. [15:17:44] * Natalie triiiiiiiies to recall if they were wearing any makeup.
  604. [15:18:10] <@Lenore> "...T-theta.  S-she's talking about those dresses for your...the thing I'm supposed to replace!  Right?"
  605. [15:18:24] <Theta> "The point is if those two are present I would not be surprised if this 'Kuja' of yours is also an impersonator."
  606. [15:18:49] * Natalie speaks a sole exclamation point and then head-tilts. "Was that what it was...?"
  607. [15:19:12] <Natalie> "A-Anyway!  She said she, um."
  608. [15:19:14] <@Lenore> "It sounds like it!  Theta!  Do the thingy with the image and the..."
  609. [15:19:50] <Theta> "Huh, this?" He takes out his notebook and finds the page in question.
  610. [15:19:52] <Natalie> "She said she wanted to take the crystal shards to, uh, Lindblum... I'm pretty sure."
  611. [15:20:19] <Theta> "Well I am not sure where they aquired that idea."
  612. [15:20:24] * Natalie cuts herself off, having been lowering her voice since the mention of Lindblum anyway, to point straight at the image. "Yeah, that's it!"
  613. [15:20:30] <Amaryllis> "Lindblum...?"
  614. [15:21:37] * Natalie gulps and turns to Ammy, nodding. "Mm-hmm. Something about a regent, and crimson something, and uh... it was this really over-the-top description that sounded really violent."
  615. [15:22:03] <Kain_> Regent Cid being the ruler of Lindblum, of course.
  616. [15:22:13] <Amaryllis> "Regent Cid. His life is threatened?"
  617. [15:23:21] <Natalie> "Uh-huh!  And this maybe-not-Kuja lady has something to do with the crystals, too."
  618. [15:24:09] * Natalie pouts again. "Sounded like the reason our Glutton's doing the stuff he does is TOTALLY because of her."
  619. [15:24:56] <Kain_> (Your faces when I'm just running the plot of FFIX through a blender and regurgitating it)
  620. [15:25:03] <Kain_> (But no I swear it's deeper than that :V)
  621. [15:25:13] <Natalie> (it's a better sequel than TAY)
  622. [15:25:16] <Natalie> (fuck TAY)
  623. [15:25:29] <Theta> (Not gonna lie I was thinking 'hrm this is pretty major deja vu')
  624. [15:25:44] <Natalie> (oh hey I just remembered Brahne was fat)
  625. [15:25:47] <Natalie> (HA, WHAT A KAIN)
  626. [15:26:02] <@Lenore> (pfffffffffffffffffffffffffff)
  627. [15:26:07] <@Lenore> (I didn't catch that one either)
  628. [15:26:08] <Theta> (And then the player threw his controller out a window)
  629. [15:26:19] <Amaryllis> (hahaha)
  630. [15:26:20] <Natalie> (good thing the player can't hear our parentheses)
  631. [15:26:23] <Natalie> (... I think)
  632. [15:26:39] <Kain_> developer's commentary is off
  633. [15:27:48] <Natalie> "So!"  Nat jumps back up.  "Let's hurry up and expose him for being a PHONY already!"
  634. [15:30:39] <Amaryllis> "Walt had requested the identity of the Glutton's guest as part of the deal we brokered."
  635. [15:30:43] <@Lenore> "Okay!"
  636. [15:31:10] <Kain_> Prickles: "That woman worries me, in any case... What will we do?"
  637. [15:31:15] <Amaryllis> "Was this guest also wearing a stone around her neck?"
  638. [15:31:36] <Natalie> "Huh, really?"  Natty looks down and makes faces for a while.  "Well if she's not Kuja I don't know who she was, but, umm..."
  639. [15:31:39] <Natalie> More faces, more faces.
  640. [15:31:52] <Kain_> (Nope)
  641. [15:32:00] <Natalie> "I... don't... think so?  Nnnn, can't remember."
  642. [15:32:17] <Amaryllis> (hrm, was I misremembering what Walt asked for?)
  643. [15:32:27] <Natalie> (iirc he just said 'a stone')
  644. [15:32:27] <Theta> (He wanted us to STEAL somehting from her)
  645. [15:32:39] <Amaryllis> (oh)
  646. [15:32:47] <Kain_> ("magic stone")
  647. [15:34:20] <Amaryllis> "Anything else resembling a magic stone? We were asked to perform larceny."
  648. [15:35:12] <Natalie> Headshake headshake.  "It was pretty hard to see, and she was talking with the Glutton the whole time."
  649. [15:35:23] <Natalie> "Getting in again won't be hard though!  The security was terrible!"
  650. [15:35:57] <Theta> "It seems we will have to catch sight of this individual ourselves somehow to confirm such matters."
  651. [15:36:14] <Natalie> "Oh by the way, behind the mansion, there was some place that looked.... kinda like this."  Nat procures her diary and flips it to a page with a really crude drawing of that lion head place.  "Not sure if that means anything."
  652. [15:37:02] <Amaryllis> (does it seem like anything recognizable?)
  653. [15:37:44] <Kain_> Hmmm
  654. [15:37:53] <Kain_> Roll me a lore of your choice that you think would be applicable
  655. [15:37:56] <Natalie> (it's not a very good drawing, for kainy's sake)
  656. [15:38:15] <Amaryllis> 2d6+3 lore: history
  657. [15:38:16] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, lore: history: 6 [2d6=2,1]
  658. [15:38:19] <Amaryllis> (pfft)
  659. [15:38:23] <Natalie> (yowch)
  660. [15:38:28] <Theta> 2d6+3 lore:monsters what is this kitty thing
  661. [15:38:29] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, lore:monsters what is this kitty thing: 13 [2d6=4,6]
  662. [15:39:18] <@Lenore> 2d6+4 Lore Magic?  Is this related to some kind of spell?
  663. [15:39:19] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, Lore Magic?  Is this related to some kind of spell?: 9 [2d6=3,2]
  664. [15:39:25] <Kain_> Nope, yes, nope
  665. [15:39:36] <Natalie> 2d6 I'm just rolling lore (general)(which I have no ranks in) to fit in
  666. [15:39:38] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, I'm just rolling lore (general)(which I have no ranks in) to fit in: 8 [2d6=6,2]
  667. [15:41:08] <Kain_> Theta - it resembles a mythical lion-like beast called a Griever.
  668. [15:41:29] <Natalie> (oh phew finally one of my guesses was right)
  669. [15:41:44] <Kain_> Not much is known about the creature, admittedly, except that maybe it's a lion.
  670. [15:41:50] <Natalie> (god damnit)
  671. [15:41:52] <Amaryllis> (dohoho)
  672. [15:42:04] <Theta> "A Griever?  Mythical creatures, though ones I am not well versed in, or much of anyone from what I gather."
  673. [15:42:41] <Natalie> "It was on some kind of gate, but it wouldn't open or anything."
  674. [15:42:55] <Kain_> They're kind of used as a boogeyman story in some areas.
  675. [15:43:06] <Kain_> But what they can supposedly do is long lost to myth.
  676. [15:44:12] <Kain_> it is a mystery
  677. [15:44:50] <Kain_> Okay guys
  678. [15:44:51] <Kain_> what do
  679. [15:44:54] <Amaryllis> "I have not heard tale of such a creature."
  680. [15:45:34] <Natalie> "Maybe it's actually not related?"  Another tilt.  "It sure seemed really out-of-place, though."
  681. [15:46:17] <Amaryllis> (well, charging headlong into fighting the Glutton isn't really in the books, so I suppose we'll probably be leaving town soon? That sound right to everyone?)
  682. [15:46:43] <Natalie> "Anyway, sneaking in and getting out were both easy, nnnn.  We COULD always go in again and beat up that Kuja lady to find out who she really is."
  683. [15:47:02] <Kain_> (She left out the front door)
  684. [15:47:17] <Natalie> (oh, I was under the impression that she was coming back)
  685. [15:47:24] <Amaryllis> "I highly recommend you read this story thoroughly before considering taking on such a task." Ammy pushes the book toward Nat again.
  686. [15:47:36] <Natalie> "Nnnnnnn, okaaaay."
  687. [15:47:42] <Theta> "I do not believe it would be a wise idea to start any sort of scuffle in a town like this."
  688. [15:47:55] * Natalie takes it and plops up on a bed much like what'sherface from Odin Sphere, minus the stockings.
  689. [15:48:22] <@Lenore> "M-maybe we need a surprise to get her orb?"
  690. [15:48:50] <Natalie> "Maybe we should go... warn... the..."
  691. [15:49:01] * Natalie decreases in volume with each word until she's just whispermumbling nothing.
  692. [15:49:10] <Amaryllis> "We should at least report to Walt of her suspected identity before proceeding with a plan to steal her stone."
  693. [15:49:40] * Natalie looks up and nods, then back down and flips a page.
  694. [15:52:03] <Amaryllis> "What else of note did you find in the Glutton's mansion?"
  695. [15:52:40] <Natalie> "Lots of treasures, probably stolen.  And a... uh... bunch of statues."
  696. [15:52:49] * Natalie coughs and buries her head in the book more, flipping another page.
  697. [15:54:27] <Theta> "We should at the least see where this impersonator is dwelling, or if they have already departed...well, that complicates our task."
  698. [15:55:14] <Natalie> "Well, I think she left while we were there, but she said she's 'supplying' him with 'power.'  So she'll probably be back!  ... maybe!"
  699. [15:55:45] <Theta> "Left to where, though?"
  700. [15:55:48] <Natalie> (wait no, HE said that)
  701. [15:55:49] <Amaryllis> "Her goal is Lindblum, and we have our own separate task in Lindblum if we are to stage a revolution here. Our stories will intertwine in the future once more."
  702. [15:55:51] <Natalie> (durp)
  703. [15:56:13] <Theta> "Stage a revolution?"
  704. [15:56:24] <Natalie> "Nnnn.  Are we really going back there already?"
  705. [15:56:34] * Natalie glues her eyes to the floor instead of the book now.
  706. [15:58:17] * Amaryllis gives Theta a where-have-you-been-the-last-half-day look. "We are requisitioning arms for the people of this town with the aim of deposing the Glutton's power? What else would you call it?"
  707. [15:59:08] <Amaryllis> "We do not have to so soon. We have our task of finding the remaining crystal shards, after all. Before the Glutton's guest does."
  708. [16:00:29] <@Lenore> "Gotta' prepare before we can prepare~"
  709. [16:00:39] <Natalie> "Well, as long as WE have them and SHE doesn't it'll probably be okay!  Since it sounded like she was going to use them or something... somehow."  Another scrunched-up face.  "Dunno what she meant by that though."
  710. [16:01:09] <Amaryllis> "It also means we are a target for her."
  711. [16:01:56] <@Lenore> "Eeeee, wouldn't want to light ourselves up for her, would we?"
  712. [16:01:57] <Natalie> "Does she even know we exist or what we're doing?  As long as we can keep the shards away from wherever she is..."
  713. [16:02:00] <Theta> (oh sorry I misread it.)
  714. [16:02:08] <Theta> (I thought she was saying stage a revolution in lindblum.)
  715. [16:02:37] <Amaryllis> (haha)
  716. [16:02:57] <@Lenore> (Revolutions for EVERYONE)
  717. [16:03:01] <Theta> "I would be highly surprised if she were."
  718. [16:03:19] <Theta> "Even aware of who we are.  It makes me curious as to what she does know. Hrm."
  719. [16:03:59] <Natalie> "Welllll, she definitely had a tail.  And her outfit was really gross..."
  720. [16:04:08] <Amaryllis> "She will in time. Tales grow of their own accord, and I do not believe we will be able to avoid our deeds becoming known as we begin to take on greater and greater tasks to recover the crystal. It is in a way already written."
  721. [16:05:31] <@Lenore> " think maybe the Glutton already told her?"
  722. [16:05:41] <Theta> "I must say based off your descriptions of this imposter I can't help but be curious who it is.  Hrmm..."
  723. [16:05:42] <Natalie> "She didn't see us, anyway!  But we should prooooooobably get out of town really soon."
  724. [16:06:18] <@Lenore> "I-I mean, he did see us back there at the beginning, and we WERE the ones who stopped him."
  725. [16:08:21] <Natalie> "Nnnn."  Flip.  "Where ARE we going next, then?"
  726. [16:08:42] <@Lenore> "...n-nomagic?"
  727. [16:08:46] * Amaryllis pulls out her map. "Where to next then? We still have Oeilvert to visit for another crystal shard. Or we can distance ourselves from here as much as possible and reduce the chance to be found by either the Glutton's men or his guest's."
  728. [16:09:56] <Natalie> "Why not both?  It's not like we were looking for the crystal shards already when we first met, so even if he DOES know us he wouldn't know that's what we're doing, right?  Nnnn, and there's someone I'm worried about."
  729. [16:10:13] <Amaryllis> "Who?"
  730. [16:10:34] <Natalie> WINK.  "A friend I met a while ago."
  731. [16:11:02] <Kain_> Suddenly, a bright blue glow emanates from whatever bag you have the crystal chunk in. Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
  732. [16:11:10] <Natalie> "Whoa!"
  733. [16:11:10] <Kain_> and just as suddenly, the light fades.
  734. [16:12:17] <Kain_> Prickles: "My word, that was sudden..."
  735. [16:12:34] <Kain_> Prickles: "What do you think it meant?"
  736. [16:12:40] <@Lenore> "E-eh?  Hm..."
  737. [16:12:52] * Amaryllis quickly takes the crystal out of her bag and sets it on the table.
  738. [16:13:14] <Kain_> Its glow has already faded. Perhaps it lacked the strength to say more than that.
  739. [16:13:17] <Amaryllis> "And what lesson are we meant to take?"
  740. [16:13:19] * Natalie shuffles on the bed. "Didn't it used to be a lot more not-vague?"
  741. [16:13:57] <Theta> "It seems to be telling us we're making a mistake here."
  742. [16:13:58] <@Lenore> "Maybe it used up all its talkyness."
  743. [16:14:04] <Theta> "Which does not help when we have many options on the table."
  744. [16:14:59] * Amaryllis frowns and stares into the crystal, thinking. (Uh, lore: history to get a better idea of what the crystal could be referring to here?)
  745. [16:15:20] <Kain_> You could try
  746. [16:15:27] <Amaryllis> 2d6+3 then I shall!
  747. [16:15:27] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, then I shall!: 7 [2d6=2,2]
  748. [16:15:28] <Natalie> "Well what ARE we gonna do?  If we wait here and he finds us it's probably pretty bad."
  749. [16:15:42] <Amaryllis> (ugh)
  750. [16:15:55] <Kain_> It COULD be talking about the sudden 'reappearance' of 'Kuja' but that would be a really odd place to interject.
  751. [16:16:36] <@Lenore> "Were they maybe...talking about Oeilvert?"
  752. [16:16:54] <Natalie> "But we haven't been there before ... ... have we?"
  753. [16:17:05] <Amaryllis> "Perhaps we must visit Oeilvert to learn more of the past. We still know little of the Terrans and how they lived, the mistakes they made that lead to their civilization's downfall."
  754. [16:17:17] <Kain_> As a side note
  755. [16:17:48] <Kain_> Celina is currently a victim of a headache and is still smarting from her injuries earlier so she's laying down
  756. [16:18:16] * Natalie proudly admits to doing a half-assed healing job, wordlessly.
  757. [16:19:09] <Kain_> Prickles: "I fail to see the relevance of its warning either."
  758. [16:19:16] <Kain_> Prickles: "So what shall be our course of action?"
  759. [16:20:01] <Amaryllis> (what are the nearby towns and locations on the map other than Oeilvert?)
  760. [16:20:17] <Natalie> "Well, ARE we gonna stay here?  Nnnnnn, we could just let that scruffy guy have the room to himself and rest somewhere... safer, maybe?"
  761. [16:20:43] <Theta> (Seems we can't stray too far, yeah.)
  762. [16:20:49] <Amaryllis> "We do not yet have means to leave this continent, so we either seek out a town where we can charter an airship, or we continue to recover what we can on this continent while exploring the ancient ruins."
  763. [16:21:28] <Theta> "I still believe at the least we should investigate what we can while here.  If our marks have left town, well, at least we could confirm it."
  764. [16:21:53] <Kain_> (Durandal, Ipsen's Castle, Oeilvert, Lesetira, Qu;'s Marsh, the Forgotten Continent really isn't all that inhabited)
  765. [16:23:02] <Amaryllis> (sounds like Oeilvert might be a good idea then just to wrap up loose ends. Unless someone really wants to head for bigger cities soon?)
  766. [16:23:28] <@Lenore> (I'm cool with it.  Better sooner than later.)
  767. [16:23:43] <Theta> (I thought that's what we were converging on yes.)
  768. [16:23:50] <Theta> (But I'm confused what the headache thing implies for the now)
  769. [16:23:51] <Natalie> (yeah, might as well head there next)
  770. [16:24:01] <Natalie> ((I think it just implies the player isn't here))
  771. [16:24:06] <@Lenore> (It's because Anise actually has a headache)
  772. [16:24:18] <Natalie> (it's a migraine so bad it transcends the fourth wall)
  773. [16:24:53] <Kain_> (Mostly saying "Celina is asleep during all this diiscussion and that's why she didn't bring up the doppleganger")
  774. [16:25:02] <Kain_> (Or contribute to the rest of the convo)
  775. [16:25:21] <Natalie> (that's true, she probably would've even though Nat was just "uhhh guys maybe we should get out of here" instead of explicitly mentioning it)
  776. [16:26:43] <Amaryllis> "Then we shall set out as soon as we can for Oeilvert. And perhaps catch a glimpse of our quarry's next movements."
  777. [16:28:39] <Natalie> "Okay!"  The book slams shut.  "Ammy, I think I'm going to go ahead again.  There's something I want to check on before we go there-  I'm reaaaaally worried, nnnn."
  778. [16:29:17] <Amaryllis> "Milady, I do not believe it wise to travel separately."
  779. [16:29:35] <Natalie> "Mmmmmnnnnn.  What if Mr. Prickles came too?"
  780. [16:29:43] <Theta> "I personally am still baffled how you made it to the castle in one piece by yourself."
  781. [16:29:46] <Natalie> "He was really helpful earlier!"
  782. [16:30:20] <Natalie> "Hee hee~"  Setting the book down Nat jumps up.  "Don't worry, Mr. Gamma, you'll probably find out soon!  Maybe!"
  783. [16:31:24] * Theta raises an eyebrow, "You know, considering the gravity of the situation we are in I find your attitude toward this quite alarming."
  784. [16:31:38] <Amaryllis> "We travel together milady, no matter the circumstance." Ammy stands up as well, with a swish of her cloak.
  785. [16:32:21] <@Lenore> "Yeah, Natty, we're not going without you!"
  786. [16:32:26] <Natalie> "Well," her head tilts a little again, "We're not in any danger RIGHT now, are we?  It could be a lot worse."
  787. [16:32:46] <Theta> "I might not be a scholar but those may be famous last words."
  788. [16:33:04] * Natalie gives a slightly-guilty nod. "Nnn... okay, though. Sorry, I just didn't want to stop anyone if they still had stuff to do here."
  789. [16:34:50] <Amaryllis> (what time is it now anyway?)
  790. [16:35:02] <Theta> (dickoclock)
  791. [16:35:12] <Natalie> (it's 4:35 you sillyhead)
  792. [16:35:13] <Kain_> Around 3pm
  793. [16:35:21] <Amaryllis> (mostly wondering for how long it'd take to get to Oeilvert from here)
  794. [16:35:30] <Amaryllis> (like, whether leaving now would just mean arriving at night)
  795. [16:35:34] <Kain_> If you left now, it'd be night by the time you arrived
  796. [16:35:41] <Amaryllis> (thought so)
  797. [16:36:51] <Amaryllis> "In any case, milady, leaving for Oeilvert this moment would bring you to the ruins at nightfall. You would spend a day of travel to immediately spend a night with unknown dangers. Else explore it whilst tired and shrouded by the dark of night."
  798. [16:37:25] <Natalie> Nod.  "Mmhmm."  Doublenod.
  799. [16:37:35] <Natalie> "That's why I wanted to go out and ask for a ride."
  800. [16:38:19] <Theta> "What could be so urgent that you would need to leave immediately?  Especially when we don't even have a clue where this impersonator is at the current."
  801. [16:39:39] <Natalie> "Welllll..."  She sways around kinda.  "I guess it's not THAT big a deal right now."
  802. [16:40:57] <Theta> "ANd what is 'it'?"
  803. [16:41:43] <Natalie> "Checking on a friend I met!  I'd come back!"
  804. [16:42:28] * Natalie nods again. "Even I think going to the anti-magic zone alone is really stupid."
  805. [16:43:47] <Kain_> (Whoa)
  806. [16:43:52] <Kain_> (I'm getting really out of it)
  807. [16:44:11] <Kain_> (We'll probably wrap up soonish)
  808. [16:44:37] <Kain_> (2 exp to everyone for putting up with doing almost nothing, relatively for the past few sessions :3c)
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