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  1. [13:34:38] * Kain dons his gming hat
  2. [13:42:12] <Kain> After traveling the dusty roads for a few hours, it's now a bit afternoon. You narrowly escaped an encounter with a Catoblepas with your lives, but you made it... the City of Winds, Lesetira. You're all standing just outside of a large gate blocking the entrance to the valley. High above, and beyond the gates, you can make out steel structures attached to the cliffs, with very little in the
  3. [13:42:12] <Kain> middle or on the canyon floor, apart from walkways going up. A ludicrously strong wind blows past the gates, threatening to take your hats with it. Windmills seem scattered all around, fiercely blowing and routing the canyon's energy elsewhere. You think you can see armaments of some sort mounted on the canyon walls too, but from this distance you can't make out what they are. The gates are
  4. [13:42:12] <Kain> currently closed, though a Burmecia- sorry, LESETIRAN looks up from his seat in the guard house as you all approach.
  5. [13:42:24] <Kain> (It took me nine minutes to type that)
  6. [13:42:28] <Kain> (What)
  7. [13:43:10] <@Amaryllis> (oh man this is awkward, because naturally Celina would be the one chosen to ask for entrance in this situation)
  8. [13:43:22] <@Lenore> (^)
  9. [13:43:24] <@Kain> (I know, right?)
  10. [13:43:25] <Natalie> (all I can say to this is... rats)
  11. [13:44:33] * Theta takes off his hat, not wanting it to be blown away, and holds it close. "Good Day!"
  12. [13:45:31] <@Kain> Guard: "Same to you. Travellers, huh? Gotta run you through protocol before I can let you in, sorry. Names and business?"
  13. [13:45:49] <@Kain> He fishes out some pad or another and a pencil.
  14. [13:45:51] * @Lenore doesn't seem worried about her hat, the top seems to be affected by the wind, and the bell on it is twinkling constantly, but it doesn't come off her head. Magic hats.
  15. [13:46:21] * Natalie stands at the back, fearful for her ribbon... s. Only not really. If anything to be fearful of it's the stone cactuar she's still clutching tightly blowing off.
  16. [13:47:13] * Amaryllis has drawn her cloak around herself more tightly and clutches at her necklace, to keep it from rattling in the wind. She takes a step back to allow Natalie to introduce herself first. And the others of course.
  17. [13:48:06] <Theta> "I, am Theta, and I am hear for research and study.  And to possibly visit the Wind Shrine."
  18. [13:48:46] <@Kain> Guard: "Yeah, we get that a lot lately."
  19. [13:49:05] <@Kain> Guard: "Thayda..." he writes the name down, misspelling it, but you can't see that from here.
  20. [13:49:31] <@Lenore> "I'm Lenore...Denagere."  The name rolls off, still a bit unfamiliar to her.  "I'm here for the Wind Shrine and sightseeing and maybe I'll find out something good here~!"
  21. [13:50:21] <@Kain> Guard: "We don't have the best tourism industry, but hopefully you'll find what you're looking for. Next?"
  22. [13:50:39] <Natalie> A-hem.  Nat takes the opportunity to step forward as politely as possible, intentionally to a certain somebody's dismay.  "I am Natalie Ellis Floruna Lazuli Annette-Maria Cynthia Cathaoir Aitchison III, of Lindblum," she hurries her speech to get past that part, "My servant and I are here to visit the Wind Shrine as well.  And perhaps sightseeing also... a bit of shopping..."
  23. [13:51:23] <@Kain> Guard: "I'm just going to write "Ellis" down."
  24. [13:51:31] <Amaryllis> "Amaryllis Middleton, servant to the good lady here." Ammy chimes in quietly, barely loud enough to be heard over the wind. After a pause she nods her head respectfully and steps behind Nat.
  25. [13:52:01] <@Kain> He actually puts down Natalie but he's not telling her that.
  26. [13:52:07] * Natalie looks up with the faintest hint of a glare, but quickly wipes it off and gives a polite, noble gesture.
  27. [13:54:46] <@Kain> Guard: "Yeah, okay. Aaaaand Celina Mirach. Got it. Now I just need to call you an escort. Sorry, more regulations. Visitors must be accompanied by a member of the local guard in all areas except the Wind Shrine and the inn."
  28. [13:56:20] <Natalie> "Hmph.  How bothersome," the rich brat puts a hand at her hip.  "Buuuut I suppose it can't be helped."
  29. [13:56:46] <@Kain> The guard reaches over and flicks on a shortwave radio. "This is Grey, requesting an escort for a group of travelers, over."
  30. [13:57:04] <Amaryllis> (whoa FFIX had radios?)
  31. [13:57:06] <Amaryllis> (...I must be bad at memory ;~;)
  32. [13:57:22] <@Kain> (Airship to airship communication)
  33. [13:57:29] <@Kain> (Radio tech has improved a little since then)
  34. [13:57:47] <@Kain> (Lindblum even has a single station for music and news)
  35. [13:58:12] <@Kain> "Copy, Grey, this is Ricard. I'll be right over."
  36. [13:58:18] * Natalie quirks a brow for a second but, after looking side-to-side, quickly goes back to cuddling the cactuar.
  37. [13:58:29] <@Lenore> (I'm going to assume this game has Korratech :3)
  38. [13:58:37] * Theta just starrrees at what he just did. "Huh."
  39. [13:58:53] <@Kain> The guard flicks off the radio and goes back to reading.
  40. [14:02:17] <@Kain> Aaaand after only a few moments, a shape above seems to ride the wind, before landing hard nearby. A white-furred Lesetiran male in dragon knight's armor, carrying a spear stands up, and waves with his other arm cheerfully. The Burmecians never cared so much for enclosed helmets, he's wearing more of an armored hat, so you can see him smiling. "Good day, folks. I'm master sergeant Ricard
  41. [14:02:17] <@Kain> Highwind. Sorry about the fuss, just think of me as a tour guide if you want."
  42. [14:02:40] <@Kain> He takes the gate guard's notes for a moment, looking over them, and then hands the pad back.
  43. [14:03:39] <@Kain> Ricard's armor doesn't seem to be all too grand, mostly dull brown leathers and grey metals, but his spear - halberd, actually, has a flag attached to it, the emblem of Burmecia flying on it.
  44. [14:04:44] <@Kain> For the sake of I can't remember if there actually was one, let's say it's a motif of a grand dragon underneath two bells
  45. [14:04:47] * @Lenore breaks into applause after he lands. "Neat~"
  46. [14:05:18] <Amaryllis> "...Well met...sir." Ammy nods and looks to Nat.
  47. [14:05:38] * Natalie looks on boredly but gets a wicked spark in her eye, quickly following it up. "It's a pleasure to be under under your care for the time being, Sir Highwind." Spark still in, Nat nods back to Ammy.
  48. [14:05:44] <@Kain> His hat seems more tied to his head than being magical like Lenore's.
  49. [14:05:50] * Theta slowly claps as well, like he's not sure WHY he is. "Good day."
  50. [14:06:32] <Natalie> "Now, pray tell, why exactly is security so strongly enforced here?"
  51. [14:06:44] <@Kain> Ricard: "And it's great having people visit our great city. Hey, Grey, you gonna open the gate or are we going to stand here in the dust all day?"
  52. [14:06:56] <@Kain> The gates open, and he begins to walk.
  53. [14:07:52] <@Kain> Ricard: "Well, you know. Sky pirates, hostile Qu, monsters... apart from that the city leaders decided to make sure that in the event of war that Lesetira wouldn't fall as easily as Burmecia and Cleyra did."
  54. [14:08:17] <@Kain> Ricard: "We're still pretty new on the map, we gotta be careful."
  55. [14:09:02] * @Lenore nods along with what Ricard's saying, listening attentively. "That's smart!"
  56. [14:09:17] <Amaryllis> "Hostile Qu?"
  57. [14:09:37] * Natalie loooooooks to the others before trudging along as well, with the same bratty 'hmph' as always. "Understandable. The hospitality is appreciated, as well- you're certainly going to make a good name for yourself this way."
  58. [14:10:48] <@Kain> Ricard gestures around as you begin to head up one of the steel catwalks. "See, one thing is that we don't have anything on the ground level. If an enemy wants to make their way in by ground they have to head up these catwalks - a classic chokepoint - AND fight the wind while we deal with them. Hm? Yeah, Durandal to the north has it pretty bad with them. Their town's basically run by the
  59. [14:10:48] <@Kain> worst their species has to offer. We've had to take in a few refugees, even."
  60. [14:11:27] <@Kain> Ricard: "They're all led by this humongous thing called the Glutton, which I guess is some kind of terms of respect among the Qu.” he shrugs.
  61. [14:11:44] * Amaryllis scribbles notes in her journal in a rough hand, holding it barely open and clutching it tightly to prevent the pages from blowing everywhere.
  62. [14:12:03] * Natalie muses a bit, whispering to herself. "Humongous..." Followed by a small headshake.
  63. [14:12:18] * Theta pauses on the catwalk, looking down, making mental note for later. "Innnteresting."
  64. [14:13:39] * @Lenore keeps nodding and listening, an enthusiastic "Mmmm!" following every now and then on some of Ricard's points.
  65. [14:14:59] <@Kain> Ricard stops when you get almost to the city’s level, pointing out various contraptions mounted on the walls of the canyon and on fortified buildings. “We utilize a combination of harpoon guns and alexandrian bomb shell cannons to deter air invaders. With the harpoons, the ones closer to the wind shrine have more give than the ones closer to the gate. With the right conditions, we can
  66. [14:14:59] <@Kain> just hook an enemy airship and pull one end down, letting the wind take care of the rest. No sky pirate’d be sane enough to try and attack when we have a defense capable of nearly flipping their vessels over. And that’s BEFORE we get to the Bombs.”
  67. [14:15:43] <@Kain> Ricard: “Of course, a ripped apart airship is hazardous considering the wind... but eh, it’d be worse to get attacked.”
  68. [14:16:12] <@Lenore> "You can always scrap the airships you destroy for parts for repairs, right?"
  69. [14:16:48] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yep, we’re a resourceful lot. Though we’re not exactly hurting for scrap at the moment, the cliffs are pretty rich for mining and we’ve only begun tapping them.”
  70. [14:17:00] * Theta rubs his chin. "I say, your engineers and stategists are a clever lot."
  71. [14:17:45] <Natalie> "... Ahem."  Nat throatclears, a bit nervously, after catching up with the front of the group.  "All this is interesting, yes, but I DO have an inquiry I'd like to make."
  72. [14:17:58] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah?” He pauses.
  73. [14:18:02] * Natalie holds up the stoned cactuar. "What do you make of this problem? Can anything be done about it?"
  74. [14:18:17] <@Kain> Ricard: “Huh, usually you don’t find one intact.”
  75. [14:18:21] <Amaryllis> "They seem determined that this city's tale shall have a happier ending." Ammy remarks quietly to herself as she looks up at the high walls and weaponry, scribbling more in her journal.
  76. [14:18:47] <@Lenore> "Azure wants Caccy to be freeeeeeeeeeeeee~!"
  77. [14:18:51] <@Kain> Ricard: “That’s a Cactuar that’s been Petrified. Petrification can be cured with Softs, you can buy them at the local general stores.”
  78. [14:18:55] <Natalie> She nods slowly.  "I pity the poor creature, that's all."
  79. [14:19:19] <@Kain> Ricard: “If you folks plan on traveling around here probably best to stock up.”
  80. [14:19:32] <@Lenore> "Are those things common?"
  81. [14:19:56] <@Kain> Ricard: “Cactuars? Or Catoblepas, the thing that petrified it? They’re both pretty common.”
  82. [14:20:11] * Natalie clutches it tighter. "So they're stocked here? That IS good to know."
  83. [14:20:11] <@Kain> Ricard: “The latter more so than we’d like.”
  84. [14:20:31] <@Kain> Ricard: “We’d have to be suicidal not to keep a good stock of those around.”
  85. [14:20:35] <Natalie> Of course she's beaming at the little statue but tries hard to make sure nobody is watching when she does.
  86. [14:20:56] * Amaryllis gives the cactuar a curious stare for a few seconds then quickly shifts her gaze back to the city's wonders.
  87. [14:21:08] <Theta> "I would be careful when curing it."
  88. [14:21:14] <@Lenore> "Azure, you'd better give it all the hugs while you can!  After it's not hard anymore he'll be prickly!"
  89. [14:21:21] <Theta> "It did, after all, last see a giant beast attacking it."
  90. [14:21:21] <@Kain> Ricard: “It’s not fun, being petrified. You lose track of all of your senses. I’ve heard some unlucky souls have spent centuries encased in stone.”
  91. [14:21:46] <Natalie> "Yes, yes- if nothing else it can stay like this and serve as a decoration."
  92. [14:22:09] <Natalie> "I-I just wasn't comfortable with standing idly by and watching it be eaten, that's all."
  93. [14:22:32] <@Kain> Ricard: “Pretty sure the shop also sells armor and whatnot that protects against the state, but that’s more expensive than just curing it.”
  94. [14:24:21] <Amaryllis> "Are you proposing keeping a pet, milady?"
  95. [14:24:24] <@Kain> He shrugs and leads on. When you get to the town proper, you can clearly see people wearing loose, bulky robes that seem to flap in the wind, or heavy armor. The two walls of the canyon cross over in the middle by more steel platforms, though you see a number of Lesetirans bypassing them altogether by jumping.
  96. [14:24:30] * Natalie gives a nod. "I see. That shall do nicely then; the help is appreciated."
  97. [14:24:36] <Natalie> To Ammy she just WINKS.
  98. [14:25:26] <Amaryllis> The start of a sheepish smile begins on Ammy's face, but she turns instead to observe the town proper.
  99. [14:26:48] <@Kain> Ricard: “Another great thing about the winds is that they’re great for training as a dragon knight. You can practically surf the winds from one direction, and build up muscle strength leaping against them.”
  100. [14:27:02] * Celina was here the entire time.
  101. [14:27:13] * Celina listens intently to stories about TRAINING.
  102. [14:28:02] * Natalie barely withstands a 'kyaaaa' at the mention of leaping, instead settling for a warbly, silly smile that's much harder to restrain.
  103. [14:29:00] * Celina stares for a moment at Natalie, then decides not to ask.
  104. [14:29:02] * @Lenore also gets a silly smile on her face. "Burmecians sure like jumping~. I wish I could jump like that! But then I couldn't wear a dress..."
  105. [14:29:06] * Theta starts taking notes as he looks around, "Hm..."
  106. [14:29:14] <@Kain> Ricard: “That’s actually why I’m here. I’m from the 25th Burmecian Dragon Knights, under Commander Bernard, but I’m taking part in the New Colony Defense Act intended to help out New Cleyra and Lesetira’s defenses.”
  107. [14:29:21] <Celina> O:
  108. [14:29:23] * Natalie wipes it off and returns to a :< and a HMPH when looked at.
  109. [14:29:26] * Celina straightens and SALUTES.
  110. [14:29:29] <Celina> "Sir!"
  111. [14:30:15] <@Kain> Ricard: “Aw, you don’t have to salute.” he grins though. “But I appreciate it.”
  112. [14:30:50] <Celina> "But people like you are heroes!"
  113. [14:31:46] <Natalie> Nat just lets out a soft "oh ho~" with a grin, but playfully idles amidst the group.
  114. [14:32:10] <@Kain> Ricard: “Me? Nah, I’m just a master sergeant. I help train the new recruits at times, other times I’m just a tour guide. I don’t mind, though. But it’s people like Freya Crescent that are the real heroes. I can only hope that one day I’ll be as good as her.”
  115. [14:32:18] * @Lenore watches Celina and Ricard talk, eagerly.
  116. [14:32:30] <Celina> "Me too!"
  117. [14:32:45] * Amaryllis furrows her brow as she jots more notes. A city in peace is no circumstance for heroes in her mind, but she knows better than to voice that with Celina around. Instead, she turns, taking in the city, spinning a slow circle as she proceeds through the town.
  118. [14:32:54] <@Kain> Ricard: “Speaking of which, she’s actually in town, you know?”
  119. [14:32:55] <Amaryllis> "Do you have libraries here?"
  120. [14:33:16] <@Lenore> "She is?"  Her eyes and smile widens.
  121. [14:33:27] <Celina> "Wait WHAT"
  122. [14:33:34] <Amaryllis> "She is." It's sort of a question, sort of just repeating for confirmation. Either way Ammy's expression doesn't change all too much, but it's clear from her pose and sudden stop she's curious.
  123. [14:33:42] * Celina shoves to the front of the group.
  124. [14:33:45] <@Kain> Ricard: “We do, actually. The occasional scholar from Daguerreo makes it here and their notes and books have piled up quite a bit, so we have a sort of unofficial library at the moment.”
  125. [14:34:15] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah! She’s here demonstrating techniques for the recruits. That’s why I’m on escort duty, they don’t need me right now. Lucky sods.”
  126. [14:35:00] <@Lenore> "Wait a library?  That's great too~!"  There's so much sparkling in her eyes.  It's not hard to make her happy, it seems.
  127. [14:35:02] <Celina> "Wherrrrrrre"
  128. [14:35:38] * Natalie rolls her eyes at the mention of Daguerreo, clearly less excited than everybody else for once. Well, there's enough sparkling going on at the statue.
  129. [14:35:50] * Theta nods in slight recognition of the name but doesn't really seem surprised by any of it.
  130. [14:35:52] <@Kain> Ricard points with his spear towards the back of the city. “Our HQ’s in the back, but it’s not really open to visitors... Maybe you’ll still get to see a glimpse of her before she leaves, though.”
  131. [14:36:24] * Celina spoings off.
  132. [14:36:47] <@Kain> Ricard: “...Hah, eager isn’t she?”
  133. [14:36:59] <@Lenore> "Let's go meet a hero!"  She tugs at Theta and Natalie to go over to the direction Ricard pointed.
  134. [14:37:36] <Natalie> "So soon?"  Nat sighs.  "I was planning on a shopping trip... I suppose a glance won't hurt."
  135. [14:37:37] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah, we better catch up with her. If she’s found without me tagging along, it’s my head.”
  136. [14:38:40] * Amaryllis dutifully tags along behind Nat.
  137. [14:38:40] <@Kain> Ricard leaps off, but not as directly as Celina did. He lands on structure to structure, waiting for you all to follow and catch up.
  138. [14:39:16] * Theta is fairly draggable, just sorta looking around at everything with a thoughtfull expression.
  139. [14:39:24] * Natalie considers the distance of Celina's route instead, grrrrinning a little.
  140. [14:39:42] * @Lenore drag drag draaaags.
  141. [14:41:05] <@Kain> Celina’s having a bit of trouble due to the strong winds, notably, so you catch up before long. And by trouble I mean the occasional WHUMPH. You all end up in front of a steel building around fifty meters from the Wind Shrine, with banners depicting the symbols of Burmecia, Cleyra, and also one you assume is the symbol of Lesetira, a windmill crossed by two spears.
  142. [14:41:33] * Celina perserveres through the WHUMPHing into buildings. She's certainly determined, at least.
  143. [14:42:01] * Natalie takes each jump excitedly, cradling the cactuar statue all the while.
  144. [14:42:25] <Amaryllis> The pace is a bit much for Ammy, who's still trying to scribble the occasional note in her journal and seems more accustomed to shuffling around slowly, but she manages.
  145. [14:42:33] <@Kain> Two guards stand outside the military HQ, and stand to block the entrance. “Entrance is forbidden to unauthorized personnel.”
  146. [14:43:13] <@Kain> Ricard lands nearby and waves to the guards. “Yeah, I told them. They were just hoping to see Lady Crescent.” One of the guards on duty laughs. “I know, right?”
  147. [14:43:58] <@Kain> The fortified building seems to lack windows, even. Sheez.
  148. [14:44:06] * @Lenore finally stops dragging Theta and Natty. "We'll just wait out here patiently! No disturbing anything!"
  149. [14:44:11] <Natalie> Rats like dark places.
  150. [14:44:55] <@Kain> Guard: “Well, nothing against that, I suppose.”
  151. [14:45:04] <@Kain> Ricard: “You guys could be waiting a while... you sure?”
  152. [14:45:09] <Theta> "Well, the wind shrine is right...there, isn't it?"
  153. [14:45:13] <Natalie> "Hmmnnnnnnnnn.  Waiting isn't something I'm particularly fond of."
  154. [14:45:24] <Theta> "Which is partially the reason we came here."
  155. [14:45:28] * Celina lands next to Natalie. "Of course we'll wait!"
  156. [14:45:39] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah, you have business there? She’ll probably be close to done if you want to visit there first and come back.”
  157. [14:46:00] * Amaryllis has already started gravitating toward the shrine. "We can wait there."
  158. [14:46:03] * Natalie leaps at the opportunity and nods along. "Then let's. It's a much more productive use of our time to visit as opposed to doing nothing."
  159. [14:46:48] <@Lenore> "Ooooh fine."
  160. [14:47:02] * @Lenore stomps off angrily.
  161. [14:47:07] <@Lenore> Except not really.
  162. [14:47:12] <@Kain> Ricard: “Alright, have fun then. The Wind Shrine is one of a few places new visitors are allowed to be without escort, so I’ll leave you to that. I’ll be waiting here.”
  163. [14:47:15] <@Lenore> She still has a goofy grin on her face.
  164. [14:47:36] <Natalie> Nat catches up to her by skipping, apparently just as excited.
  165. [14:47:48] <@Kain> Ricard looks over at Celina. “You going with them?”
  166. [14:48:26] * Theta nods and heads over to the shrine. "Hmm."
  167. [14:48:26] <Celina> "I..."
  168. [14:48:34] <Celina> "But we might miss her!"
  169. [14:48:46] * Celina sads
  170. [14:48:47] <@Kain> Ricard: “I’ll come get you if she’s about to leave, I promise.”
  171. [14:48:51] <Celina> "...Okay."
  172. [14:48:59] * Celina follows the others.
  173. [14:50:13] <@Kain> The five of you head for the Wind Shrine, then! The winds only seem more intense around the ruins, but it’s still barely manageable.
  174. [14:50:32] * Natalie CLINGS TIGHTER.
  175. [14:50:44] * Theta by this point just tucks his hat into his jacket.
  176. [14:50:59] <@Kain> It’s actually a fairly short, uneventful walk. You can see where there must have once been a myriad of traps and pressure plates, but they seem to have been dug up, disabled, and whatnot to be safe to travelers.
  177. [14:51:20] * Amaryllis begrudgingly shuts her journal, grabbing onto her bag tightly as she walks, her other hand folding her cloak against herself.
  178. [14:51:26] <@Kain> And you eventually come to a room where the wind dies down completely.
  179. [14:51:51] <@Kain> There’s a sort of shrineish area in the middle, which one might assume is the actual wind shrine proper. Though, you’re not the only ones here.
  180. [14:52:44] <@Kain> Someone’s hanging around the altar, in front of a glowing, orange piece of crystal. They’re fairly small, only about three feet high, and they wear white robes with red triangles, the traditional garb of white mages.
  181. [14:53:13] * Natalie is suddenly spearheading the group.
  182. [14:53:24] * Amaryllis follows behind closely. "Milady...?
  183. [14:53:26] <Amaryllis> "
  184. [14:53:28] <@Kain> “Memories of the sky... hm, when will they become clear to me...?”
  185. [14:53:57] * Celina resists the urge to trip Natalie as she goes by.
  186. [14:54:13] * @Lenore finishes her stomping, although it's more some kind of skipping by now, and stops in front of the alter. "Memories of the sky?"
  187. [14:54:25] <@Kain> “Hm? Is someone there?” the figure turns, and then you see its face. ...Within its hood is pure blackness, with a pair of glowing, yellow eyes hanging in the midst.
  188. [14:54:31] <Natalie> "Ahem."  She's headed straight for the crystal with sparkling eyes but stops to gesture to the person in front of it.  "Excuse us."
  189. [14:54:36] <Theta> "!"
  190. [14:54:37] <Theta> "Oh!"
  191. [14:54:43] * Theta waves :D
  192. [14:55:12] <@Kain> Black (???) Mage: “...Oh! Hello. Can I help you?”
  193. [14:55:20] * Celina tenses up.
  194. [14:55:26] <Celina> "What are you doing here?"
  195. [14:55:44] <Natalie> "We're terribly sorry if we're interrupting something, but.."  And shen she gets interrupted herself, provoking a short turn back to ratfeet.
  196. [14:55:46] * Amaryllis holds off on taking out the crystal in her bag. (uh, Ammy still has that, right? No one else took it to hold onto permanently after she was passing it around during storytime?)
  197. [14:55:47] <Theta> (I'm at least of whose child he is isn't he?)
  198. [14:55:58] <Theta> (aware*)
  199. [14:56:01] <@Kain> (You’re probably aware, yes)
  200. [14:56:21] <Theta> "Pardon me, are you one of Master Vivi's sons?"
  201. [14:56:23] <Amaryllis> "An aquaintance, Theta?"
  202. [14:56:38] <@Kain> Mage: “Trying to communicate with the memories embedded within this crystal. I had figured - oh, yes, I am! How rude of me. My name is Lolo.”
  203. [14:57:29] <@Kain> Lolo: “My father came here ten years ago during the battle to save Gaia, I was hoping I could trigger a reaction from the memories of the crystal I had found, but that doesn’t seem to be the case...”
  204. [14:57:34] * Natalie reacts similarly to Ammy for a second but then gives Lolo a nod. "A pleasure, I'm certain. May I say 'hello' to it?"
  205. [14:58:09] <@Lenore> "Nice to meet you Lolo!   Call me Lele~...and...who was holding the crystal from before?  Was it Ammy or Theta...?"
  206. [14:58:18] <Amaryllis> "Nat, are you sure..." It comes out quickly, with none of the usual flat formality as Ammy reaches out toward Nat.
  207. [14:58:37] <Natalie> "Absolutely," she says without hesitation.
  208. [14:58:44] <@Kain> Lolo tilts his head. “U-um, but... well, the crystal’s gone quiet. I’ve only talked with it once. If you think you can communicate with it, please, feel free.”
  209. [14:59:04] * Theta walks over and presents a hand. "I believe this is the first time we have met. I have heard of you and your brothers, but you had already left the village by the time I awoke."
  210. [14:59:05] <@Kain> The White Black Mage steps side.
  211. [14:59:22] <Natalie> "Don't worry," she shakes her head and without hesitation makes grabby hands for it, lifting it if at all able.  "I don't plan to take long."
  212. [14:59:25] * Amaryllis looks to Lenore, kind of a blank stare. She looks down at her bag, patting where the crystal is subtly, then back up at her, an unsure look crossing her face.
  213. [14:59:28] <@Kain> Lolo: “Oh, you’re a genome from the village? Then you probably know Bebe, don’t you?”
  214. [15:00:18] <@Kain> Lolo: “It’s a pleasure to meet you all! If I can be of assistance in any way, please let me know.”
  215. [15:01:01] * Natalie touches the crystal and just staaaaaaaaaaaaares straight at it.
  216. [15:01:05] <@Kain> The chunk of crystal is warm to the touch, Nat, but it doesn’t exactly do anything.
  217. [15:01:12] <Natalie> "..."
  218. [15:01:15] <Theta> "I do!  And my name is Theta.  I am on a journey for research on behalf of the village."
  219. [15:01:15] <@Kain> It’s definitely part of the same one though.
  220. [15:01:16] <Amaryllis> After a moment Ammy straightens up and gives a small nod at Lolo. "Amaryllis, servant of the Aitchison House."
  221. [15:01:50] <Celina> "I don't feel the need to give my name to a Black Mage."
  222. [15:01:52] <@Lenore> "...who has the crystal from before, again?"  She goes alongside Natty to touch it. Hmmmm...
  223. [15:01:55] <Amaryllis> She then steps forward and slips her cloak over herself and Nat as she pulls the crystal from the bag and taps it to the new fragment before returning it to her bag and stepping back.
  224. [15:02:16] * Natalie headbutts it. Or more accurately, lowers her head to essentially fall facefirst on it, defeatedly. Lightly of course!
  225. [15:02:43] <@Kain> Lolo: “White Mage.” he corrects.
  226. [15:02:57] <Natalie> "Nnn... nothing."  With a groan she hands it off to Lenore and goes back to Lolo.
  227. [15:03:23] <Celina> "Black Mage."
  228. [15:03:25] <@Kain> Lolo: “...You have another piece of the crystal?” he says, noticing with some increduility.
  229. [15:04:15] <Natalie> "Pardon my rudeness, Mage, I only felt I didn't need much of an introduction.  'Your Highness' or 'Elegant Mistress' do just fine."
  230. [15:04:24] * Amaryllis was trying to hide the gesture with her cloak, but apparently was pretty bad at it. :<
  231. [15:05:03] <@Kain> As the fragments touch, however, they seem to fuse together.
  232. [15:05:08] <@Kain> And the light in the room dims.
  233. [15:05:18] <Theta> "Oh dear."
  234. [15:05:34] <Amaryllis> Oh, well, that makes it tougher. Oops. Ammy looks down at the crystal, almost with disapproval. You weren't supposed to do that!
  235. [15:05:35] <@Lenore> "Ah?"  She backs up from the crystal a bit, surprised.
  236. [15:05:40] <Natalie> "... Well, that was a solution too."
  237. [15:05:48] * Natalie touches it again~
  238. [15:06:48] <@Kain> Warriors of Light... though your noble quest has scarcely begun, thank you. Power is returning to these fragments of the crystal, along with more memory.
  239. [15:07:02] <@Kain> The orange light dims a bit, flickering with a slight blue glow.
  240. [15:07:02] * Celina gently pulls Natalie away from the crystal.
  241. [15:07:15] * Natalie fiercely keeps her position.
  242. [15:07:31] * Celina maintains tugging. At least it will distract her.
  243. [15:08:06] <@Kain> If you have questions, let them be heard and they will be answered to best knowledge.
  244. [15:08:08] * Amaryllis shifts between Celina and Nat, attempting to remove the Burmecian's hand.
  245. [15:08:10] * Natalie keeps a hold on for a minute but eventually lets go, giving Ammy another wink.
  246. [15:08:18] * @Lenore staaares at Celly and Natty having a fight. "Could you two...please not do this while the crystal is talking?"
  247. [15:08:26] * Celina isn't even having a fight.
  248. [15:08:37] * Celina removes her hand when Natalie stops manhandling the crystal.
  249. [15:08:38] <Amaryllis> "Please, this isn't the time." She gives Celina and Nat a look.
  250. [15:08:45] <Natalie> "Of course," to Lenore.  "I'm finished.  Speak with it as much as you'd like."
  251. [15:08:52] <@Kain> the crystal seems to float on its own, now.
  252. [15:09:13] <Celina> "By what means has the beast Tiamat returned to this world?"
  253. [15:09:54] <@Kain> Tiamat is a servant of Chaos, the wind guardian only being a mere aspect of it bound to protect the gateway to Terra. It and the other three have been revived to serve their master.
  254. [15:10:16] <@Kain> Tiamat, Maliris, Kraken, Lich
  255. [15:10:33] <@Lenore> "Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?"
  256. [15:10:36] <@Kain>  Wind, Fire, Water, Earth, these forces now conspire against you.
  257. [15:11:01] <@Kain> (Only the avatar etc etc etc)
  258. [15:11:08] <Theta> (hah.)
  259. [15:11:18] <Celina> "Lovely."
  260. [15:11:18] <Amaryllis> (pffft)
  261. [15:11:19] <Natalie> "And so what would you have us do?  Best them in combat?  That sounds simple enough," she makes sure to roll her eyes while saying this.
  262. [15:11:29] <Theta> "Oh, bollocks.  This is proving to be a most troublesome journey."
  263. [15:11:39] <Celina> "Why don't you go stand in the middle of the ocean and wait for Tiamat to come back, child?"
  264. [15:11:56] <@Kain> For you all as you are surely it is an insurmountable task.
  265. [15:12:11] <Amaryllis> "Where then do we week allies and strength?"
  266. [15:12:24] <Natalie> "You say that as though I COULDN'T defeat Tiamat by myself," she sticks her tongue out.
  267. [15:12:34] * Celina doesn't respond.
  268. [15:12:44] <Natalie> (>week)
  269. [15:13:06] <Theta> (Yeah double u tee eff did she just ask.)
  270. [15:13:13] <@Lenore> "Azure is stronger than something that can destroy an airship?  Woooow~"
  271. [15:13:19] <Amaryllis> *seek
  272. [15:13:29] <Amaryllis> (I'M BAD AT KEYBOARD TODAY SORRY)
  273. [15:13:57] <@Lenore> (Maybe some alcohol will help you, cast 8D)
  274. [15:14:01] <Amaryllis> (NO)
  275. [15:14:02] <Natalie> "Ohh," she flicks her hair, "Anybody with enough practice can be, easily.  I just choose to hold back."
  276. [15:14:04] <@Kain>  Seeking strength within yourselves is but the first step. Mind the past and those who have safeguarded Gaia’s future once before, but at the same time do not rely on them exclusively.
  277. [15:14:24] <Celina> "So, we should seek alliances with Lady Freya?"
  278. [15:14:26] * Natalie ceases the sickening amounts of sarcasm and listens a bit more quietly.
  279. [15:14:26] * Amaryllis nods. "Their story is written and done."
  280. [15:15:20] <Celina> "At the very least, perhaps I can ask the recruits here to teach me what they learned from her..."
  281. [15:15:20] <@Kain> This is a time of new heroes. But none should proceed without knowledge of the past.
  282. [15:15:28] <@Kain> Lolo: “U-um...”
  283. [15:15:39] <@Kain> Lolo: “Would it be possible to speak with the memories of my father, Vivi?”
  284. [15:15:49] <@Kain> ...That is impossible, at the moment.
  285. [15:16:13] <@Kain> Lolo: “I see...”
  286. [15:16:22] <@Kain> Lolo tugs on his hood and says no more.
  287. [15:16:54] * Amaryllis taps at the crystal with curiosity. "Will this be our only chance to request your tales and memories?"
  288. [15:17:00] * @Lenore gives Lolo a patpatpat.
  289. [15:17:20] * Natalie is, by this point, at Ammy's side, watching on questioningly.
  290. [15:17:32] <@Kain> As the crystal regains strength, more can be asked before the light goes dim once more.
  291. [15:18:04] * Theta scratches his head, glances to Lolo, not really knowing what to say.
  292. [15:18:05] <Natalie> "So you mean to say we're on a time limit?  How lovely."
  293. [15:18:27] <Celina> "Perhaps its time should not be wasted with frivolous questions, then."
  294. [15:18:29] <Amaryllis> "Then I should write questions before we next reunite fragments." Ammy replies in a flat tone, bringing her journal up and flipping through it.
  295. [15:18:39] <Amaryllis> "Where do we look next?"
  296. [15:20:27] <@Kain> There are three shards yet on this continent. One where magic is fated to die. One deep beneath an ancient castle. And the other somewhere in between... that is all that can be said.
  297. [15:20:57] <Natalie> "Where magic is... oh, dear."
  298. [15:21:04] <Celina> "Right."
  299. [15:21:04] <@Kain> Do not tread carelessly.
  300. [15:21:15] <Celina> "An ancient castle, though..."
  301. [15:21:18] * Natalie looks to Theta for that one.
  302. [15:21:19] <Amaryllis> "Oeilvert." Ammy repeats flatly.
  303. [15:21:48] <@Kain> Lolo: “Ooh, that sounds nasty...”
  304. [15:21:53] <@Lenore> "A-aaaah."
  305. [15:21:54] <Celina> "We should, probably, leave that for last."
  306. [15:21:54] <Amaryllis> "Ipsen's Castle." Ammy flips through her notes.
  307. [15:22:00] <@Lenore> "I wouldn't be good there..."
  308. [15:22:20] * Theta looks confused at Nat, "Hm?"
  309. [15:22:23] * Natalie looks straight to the ground. "... Perhaps the 'between,' then."
  310. [15:22:38] <Natalie> That was more a 'you were there listening to the shopkeeper describe this place earlier' glance.
  311. [15:23:13] <Natalie> ... With a hint of 'hey, you're pretty good with a sword, be my bodyguard when we go there even though i-it's not like I need you to o-or anything' in there.
  312. [15:23:14] <Celina> (how does amaryllis know what ipsen's castles is o:)
  313. [15:23:15] <Natalie> Glances say a lot.
  314. [15:23:28] * Theta is not fluent in glances.
  315. [15:23:38] <Theta> (<:3c)
  316. [15:23:47] <Amaryllis> (because o:)
  317. [15:23:53] <Natalie> "... Nothing.  Well, we needn't dawdle."
  318. [15:24:24] <@Kain> (Ipsen’s castle was a pretty famous story wasn’t it)
  319. [15:24:32] <Celina> "We needn't rush in, either."
  320. [15:24:32] <Amaryllis> (storiesssss)
  321. [15:24:41] <Celina> (was it? I thought it was the really unknown place)
  322. [15:24:45] <Celina> (if I was wrong, herp derp)
  323. [15:25:13] <Amaryllis> (I mean, there's the story of the explorer who it's named after)
  324. [15:25:29] <Theta> "Well, I do not imagine any of them are exactly 'safe.'  Though this one inbetween sounds...curious, being we know not what is there."
  325. [15:25:39] <Amaryllis> (the story of the guy from Treno etc etc)
  326. [15:25:57] <Natalie> "I'd prefer the latter to the former, all things considered."  A small sigh.  "'In between' could be anything, however- buried, in a monster's stomach, floating high in the sky..."
  327. [15:26:15] <Amaryllis> "Two are certain places."
  328. [15:26:18] <@Lenore> "L-let's got to the castle first, yeah!"
  329. [15:26:30] * Natalie looks up to Ammy. Just... looks.
  330. [15:26:50] <Celina> "I think we should prepare extensively before going to either."
  331. [15:27:14] <Celina> "Crystal, what need we fear most in each place?"
  332. [15:27:32] <@Kain> Death
  333. [15:27:51] <Natalie> "Oh, I'm impressed," she folds her arms, having probably set the cactuar down or something.  "That wasn't a bad idea for a question... I can't say I'm fond of the answer, though."
  334. [15:27:54] <Amaryllis> "The certainty of an anti-magic zone does not bode well for our tale. Though the castle is itself shrouded in stories of death and vicious monsters in the mist."
  335. [15:28:05] * Celina rescues the cactaur.
  336. [15:28:12] <@Kain> To be more precise...
  337. [15:28:18] * Natalie is totes not okay with this, stepping in the way. Nuh-uh.
  338. [15:28:22] <@Lenore> "D-d-d-death, huh..."
  339. [15:28:26] * Amaryllis 's eyes follow the cactuar as Nat sets it down and Celina moves to pick it up.
  340. [15:28:29] <@Kain> Two of these places are ruins of Terra.
  341. [15:28:36] <Natalie> Well it's more like she set it down upon coming in.
  342. [15:29:02] <Celina> "I see, so the shards gather in places associated with that cursed land."
  343. [15:29:03] * Theta nods slowly. "I see."
  344. [15:29:18] <@Kain> It is an odd trend that cannot fully be explained at this time.
  345. [15:29:30] <@Kain> But it does seem to be the case.
  346. [15:29:48] <Celina> "Well, considering it was an agent of Terra who shattered it in the first place..."
  347. [15:29:50] <Celina> "Hmmmm."
  348. [15:29:58] <Amaryllis> "If the denizens of Terra made to unite the crystals of two worlds, then this makes sense."
  349. [15:31:14] <Natalie> "Ahem.  My mastery of white magic is enough to where death isn't much of a threat, and in the anti-magic zone I can simply kick monsters out of our way.  There really isn't much to worry about."  Still standing in place, armcrossed.  "Heading unprepared is foolish, but worrying is even more foolish.  Let's spend the day preparing and go to all of them."
  350. [15:31:32] <Celina> "The adults are talking, dear."
  351. [15:31:33] <Theta> "It does, but it is dificult to say what else it implies for us at the current."
  352. [15:31:56] <Celina> "Miss Amaryllis, what do your stories say about the days after the fall of Terra?"
  353. [15:32:01] <Natalie> Eeeyeroll.
  354. [15:32:37] <@Kain> Information on Terra isn’t known very well, aside from what you’ve already been told...
  355. [15:32:45] <Amaryllis> "I'm afraid the wars made it hard to collect stories as I used to." Ammy frowns. "The Aitchison library was lost in a fire, and with it..." She trails off.
  356. [15:33:04] * Theta chuckles. "Even we have dificulty with such topics."
  357. [15:33:42] <Celina> "In any case, Lady Freya should know more about the ruins of Terra, should she not?"
  358. [15:33:44] <Amaryllis> "It is why I sought what tales Theta has, and what the Crystal and any Eidolons can tell us. Perhaps Freya can..." Ammy pauses to flip through her notes.
  359. [15:34:09] <Celina> "She is very widely traveled, and has seen much of the world." If Celina was fangirling any harder, she'd start writing slashfic.
  360. [15:34:40] <Theta> "I do not remember it very well at all."
  361. [15:34:45] <Natalie> "Yes, yes, we don't need to collect multiple Freyas to increase the amount of questions allowed, that alone is a plus."  Nat heads to rerescue the cactuar and wait at the entrance.
  362. [15:35:00] * Celina holds the cactaur out of Natalie's reach.
  363. [15:35:01] <@Lenore> "I knew seeing a hero was a good idea!"  But just who would Celina slash with Freya?
  364. [15:35:09] <Theta> "I do not know if this is a good comparison, do your folk remember your early childhood well?"
  365. [15:35:11] <Amaryllis> (herself)
  366. [15:35:21] * Natalie comically tries to grab at it.
  367. [15:35:22] <Celina> (her mary sue self-insert of course)
  368. [15:35:37] * Celina eventually gets bored and hands it back.
  369. [15:36:00] * Natalie mutters something under her breath and cuddles the thing again, beaming.
  370. [15:36:08] * Amaryllis turns to the crystal again, having stopped on a page.
  371. [15:36:28] <Amaryllis> "What else has broken with your shattering?"
  372. [15:36:30] <@Kain> Proceed how you will, and good luck.  beware, not all things are as they first appear
  373. [15:36:33] <Theta> "I remember shapes, colors, small tidbits, nothing memorable."
  374. [15:36:39] <Theta> (oh god what.)
  375. [15:36:43] <Theta> (It's paintexting us.)
  376. [15:36:58] <Amaryllis> "In what ways has the world cha-" Ammy pauses at the second voice.
  377. [15:37:08] <@Lenore> "E-eh?"
  378. [15:37:13] <@Kain> the crystal quietens, and the room’s lights return to normal.
  379. [15:37:20] <Amaryllis> "...changed." Another curious tap at the crystal and a frown.
  380. [15:37:54] <Natalie> "It means to expect illusion magic.  The fragment 'in between' is probably hidden, it's that simple.  Let's be on our way."
  381. [15:38:24] <@Lenore> "...I don't think it's that simple, but...maybe you're better at this than me~"
  382. [15:39:16] <Natalie> "Of course I am.  A-hem- we thank you for letting us speak with it, Mage."
  383. [15:40:15] <Celina> "Well, I am to return and try to meet with Lady Freya."
  384. [15:40:20] <Celina> "You may do as you will."
  385. [15:40:35] <@Kain> Lolo: “Please, call me Lolo.”
  386. [15:40:42] <@Kain> Lolo: “Well, good luck... um, I gathered that you guys are sort of heroes chosen by the crystal to restore it, so I guess there’s no problem with letting you guys have my piece of it. But... could I ask a favor?”
  387. [15:40:59] <Amaryllis> "I will accompany, if you do not mind?" Ammy closes her book and puts it away.
  388. [15:41:11] * Natalie starts to walk out but pauses and turns. "It isn't 'let me come with you,' is it?"
  389. [15:41:27] <@Kain> Lolo: “No, no. Just...”
  390. [15:41:29] <Theta> "But of course, though I had something else I wanted to share with you before departing," digging around his bag some.
  391. [15:41:48] <@Kain> Lolo: “If you hear anything about my dad or what he might have left behind, could you send me a letter? His name was Vivi.”
  392. [15:42:18] <@Lenore> "Of course~"
  393. [15:42:25] <Theta> He fetches out the journal from the shoopufhouse.
  394. [15:42:30] * Natalie pauses. "Vivi..."
  395. [15:42:39] <Natalie> "... Yes, I don't see why that'd be too much trouble."
  396. [15:42:48] <Celina> "Hm."
  397. [15:43:00] <@Kain> Lolo: “I appreciate it very much...”
  398. [15:43:11] <Theta> "Master Lolo, we found something that would be of interest to the village.  I have scribed most of it as a copy, but I believe my own journies will lead me astray from being abel to relay them for a bit."
  399. [15:43:26] <@Kain> Lolo has a look at the journal. “Hm?”
  400. [15:43:42] <@Kain> Lolo: “Huh, there’s odd enchantments on this...”
  401. [15:43:51] <Theta> He offers over the journal. "Whoever this belonged to...was researching the lifespan of your kind.  It also refrences my own kind."
  402. [15:43:59] <@Kain> Lolo: “I’ll have a look at it if you like, but are you sure it’s okay for me to have it?”
  403. [15:44:12] <@Kain> Lolo: “I wonder who...”
  404. [15:44:27] <Theta> "I could scribe a copy of its contents for you."
  405. [15:44:53] <Amaryllis> "I would not mind taking the time for that task, Theta."
  406. [15:45:12] <@Kain> Lolo: “Well, it’s up to you. I might go find my sister, Lulu, to help pour over it...”
  407. [15:45:41] <@Kain> Lolo: “I’ll be in town for a little while longer, please don’t feel rushed to make a decision.”
  408. [15:46:06] <Theta> "That would be much appreciated, Ammaryllis.  I believe we could have a copy of the manuscript for you to take with you shortly, Master Lolo."
  409. [15:46:59] <Natalie> "Well, we'll simply have to remember to ask the crystal of this Vivi person when we next meet."
  410. [15:47:32] * Natalie staaaaaares at Lolo before leaving.
  411. [15:48:05] <@Kain> Lolo stares back, his glowing eyes unblinking
  412. [15:48:16] <Natalie> Staaaaaare.
  413. [15:48:22] <Amaryllis> "His tale must lie in another crystal. We will find it someday."
  414. [15:48:23] <@Kain> He bows respectively as you go to leave, though
  415. [15:48:53] * Natalie has something tip-of-tongue but shakes her head and then nods to the mage, carrying the cactuar statue out.
  416. [15:49:09] * Theta nods back, "An honor to meet you, Master Lolo," before making his exit.
  417. [15:49:19] * Celina hesitates, then gives him a brief nod, and all but sprints out. FREYAFREYAFREYAFREYAFREYAAAAA
  418. [15:49:20] <Amaryllis> A pause, then a small bow back at him. "May you find the ending you seek to your story." She speaks quietly to the mage as she turns to follow Nat.
  419. [15:49:56] <@Kain> Ricard is still waiting back at the Lesetiran military HQ when you return.
  420. [15:50:00] <@Kain> Ricard: “Oh hey, good timing!”
  421. [15:50:12] <Celina> "Is it?"
  422. [15:50:12] * @Lenore curtsies to the mage. "It was nice meeting you!" She then turns around and skips off back to the HQ
  423. [15:50:49] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah, I was just inside. They’re wrapping up, now.”
  424. [15:51:45] <Celina> "Oh, I was hoping to have a chance to listen in...but still, thank you."
  425. [15:51:49] <Celina> "W-where should we go?"
  426. [15:52:01] <@Kain> Ricard: “Just wait, pretty sure she’s leaving now.
  427. [15:52:05] * Celina tries not to look too jittery, but her tail's whipping about behind her.
  428. [15:52:21] * Natalie barely resists the urge to step on it.
  429. [15:52:38] <@Kain> (Also durr)
  430. [15:52:43] <@Kain> (Burmecia did have an emblem)
  431. [15:52:44] <@Lenore> "Gonna see a hero~"
  432. [15:52:47] <Theta> (celinapuppy)
  433. [15:52:47] <@Kain> (Freya wears it on her costume)
  434. [15:52:55] * Amaryllis tilts her head curiously, pen in hand, book in the other, but otherwise her expression is fairly unchanged.
  435. [15:53:45] * Theta seems rather calm, just finds a place to sit and wait.
  436. [15:53:49] * Natalie remains oddly quiet behind Ammy, clearly deep in thought while like... holding onto her sleeve or something.
  437. [15:53:50] <@Kain> After a few minutes, the doors begin to open, and the guards step aside. An escort of two fully armored Dragoons steps out, accompanying a female Burmecian in a red coat. Her huge, dragon-eared hat, the emblem of Burmecia on her front, and her snow white hair are all unmistakable.
  438. [15:54:17] <@Kain> The guards and Ricard immediately salute.
  439. [15:54:27] <@Kain> Ricard: “Lady Commander.”
  440. [15:54:30] * Celina salutes too. AND STANDS AT ATTENTION SO HARD
  441. [15:54:59] * @Lenore clasps her hands together, kind of giddy, but doesn't say anything, and after seeing everyone saluting, she does it too! It's a pretty goofy salute, though.
  442. [15:55:11] <@Kain> Freya: “I wasn’t expecting a reception.” she comments, looking between all of you.
  443. [15:55:25] <@Kain> Ricard: “Just some travellers eager to see you, ma’am.”
  444. [15:55:27] <Celina> "M-m'lady!"
  445. [15:55:57] * Natalie gives a minor silent bow, content with staying in the background.
  446. [15:56:12] <@Kain> Freya nods at Celina. “Greetings.”
  447. [15:57:00] * Theta gets up and waves. :D
  448. [15:57:04] <Celina> "I-it's a p-p-pleasure to meet you, ma'am!"
  449. [15:57:43] * @Lenore then joins in on the waving! Wavewavewave
  450. [15:57:45] * Natalie giggles a soft giggle. Good thing she has a tall servant to hide behind.
  451. [15:58:03] <@Kain> Freya studies her for a moment, then nods. “A dragon knight in training? Work hard, your posture tells me you may one day have what it takes.”
  452. [15:58:18] * Amaryllis looks to Nat and then gives Freya a small bow. "It is an honor to meet one of such esteemed tales."
  453. [15:58:45] <Natalie> "... Nn," very softly, with a nod.
  454. [15:58:50] <Celina> "Th-thank you!"
  455. [15:59:08] <Celina> "It's my dream to help Cleyra find prosperity again."
  456. [15:59:21] * Celina looks like she's about to fall over.
  457. [16:00:23] <@Kain> Freya: “Pursue that dream, then, let it propel you forward.” she turns to Amaryllis. “Tales are often exaggerated.”
  458. [16:01:58] <Amaryllis> "But they are all that's left after events and heroes pass. For what does what actually transpired matter then?" Ammy looks a bit confused, her flat voice breaking into a twinge of uncertainty.
  459. [16:02:41] <Amaryllis> "Nonetheless, it is an honor."
  460. [16:03:37] * Natalie holds Ammy's arm a little tighter at the signs of uncertainty, but otherwise completely shuts up.
  461. [16:03:55] <@Kain> Freya: “There’s more left than the story. The results that stand in sight and flesh. I’ve found that even if one is forgotten... as long as you’re still there you can make a difference.”
  462. [16:04:24] <@Kain> Escort: “Lady Commander....”
  463. [16:04:41] <@Kain> Freya nods, first to him, then to you all. “Good to meet you, but I’m afraid I must go.”
  464. [16:05:01] <@Lenore> "Bye!"  More wavewavewave
  465. [16:05:27] * Natalie just nods, eyes trained straight at the ground.
  466. [16:05:58] * Theta simple nods.
  467. [16:06:21] <@Kain> Freya looks at Celina one more time. “...What’s your name?”
  468. [16:06:51] <Celina> "Celina Mirach, of Cleyra, m'lady!"
  469. [16:07:27] <@Kain> Freya nods. “I’ll remember that. Don’t disappoint me, Celina.” and with that, she and her entourage LEAP off.
  470. [16:08:04] * Celina swoons
  471. [16:08:08] <@Kain> Ricard: “She’s really something, huh? That’s our Commander.”
  472. [16:08:39] * Amaryllis tilts her head the other way, pen in mouth. "She asked your name. We shall cross paths again."
  473. [16:08:43] <@Kain> Ricard: “A living legend, a true hero, and the joint commander of the Burmecian Dragon Knights alongside Sir Fratley.”
  474. [16:08:48] <Amaryllis> "That is how it always is in the stories."
  475. [16:09:06] <Natalie> After a mostly-silent sigh, Nat lets go of her servant and cradles the statue some more.  "She certainly has... how would one say it?  An aura?"
  476. [16:09:28] <Natalie> "Either way, that was disappointingly uneventful.  Come, we have more preparations to make."
  477. [16:10:04] <@Lenore> "Like softening up Caccy~"
  478. [16:10:37] * Natalie grimaces. "Is that really what we're naming it?"
  479. [16:10:44] <Celina> "She's so ~*~wonderful~*~."
  480. [16:10:50] * Celina is not paying attention.
  481. [16:10:58] <Theta> "I prefer Mr. Prickles."
  482. [16:11:04] <Theta> "Or Miss, depending on its sex."
  483. [16:11:06] <Natalie> "... Oh, look, an opportunity to leave her behind.  Let's hurry."
  484. [16:11:20] * Natalie comically starts to tiptoe away.
  485. [16:11:24] <@Lenore> "Aaaaah~!  That's so clever, I never would have thought of that!"
  486. [16:11:26] <@Kain> Ricard: “Haha, I have my own dream, too, though it’s kind of silly.”
  487. [16:11:33] <Celina> "Oh? What is it?"
  488. [16:11:45] <Natalie> (inb4 pilot an airship)
  489. [16:11:47] <@Kain> Ricard looks up towards the sky, and points his spear heavenward.
  490. [16:11:58] <@Kain> Ricard: “I want to leap... and land on the moons.”
  491. [16:12:06] <Celina> "...I bet you could."
  492. [16:12:55] <@Kain> Ricard: “It’s supposedly impossible, but that’s not going to stop me from training, every day.”
  493. [16:12:59] * Theta thinks for a bit, this sounds like something out of a play.
  494. [16:13:10] <@Kain> He lowers his spear.
  495. [16:13:30] <Celina> "Even if it's from an airship?"
  496. [16:14:06] * Amaryllis thinks some on the current conversation, then shrugs. "Theta, should I get to work transcribing the journal?" She turns to him, a hand outstretched to receive the small bound book.
  497. [16:14:11] <@Kain> Ricard: “No airship flies nearly that high. But one of these days, I -will- jump to the moons. Then I’ll come back and tell everyone I did.” he grins.
  498. [16:14:44] <Natalie> "Well, best of luck with that goal, Sir Highwind; you'll certainly be needing it," Nat tries to shave off the blatant sound of sarcasm but following it up with a cough like she does doesn't really help.  "Now, do you still need to serve as an escort to a general store?  We'll be needing at least one Soft."
  499. [16:15:14] <@Kain> Ricard: “Yeah, I do. But you guys aren’t so bad to hang around. Come on, I’ll show you the way.”
  500. [16:15:16] <Theta> He looks over to Ammy. "Oh, yes, of course.  I had planned to wait until we got to the inn to ask but..." he digs around, offers it over.
  501. [16:15:23] <Celina> "Bring us back some moonstones."
  502. [16:15:44] <@Kain> He laughs. “Sure thing.”
  503. [16:16:03] <Amaryllis> "It seems we'll first be curing our pet." A small smile crosses Ammy's face as she takes the journal and turns to follow Nat, gaze following the cactuar.
  504. [16:16:05] <Natalie> Nat lets out a cute little 'hmph' but can't help but smile at the topic.  "Thank you."
  505. [16:17:25] <@Kain> Ricard leaps effortlessly from building to building, leading you along the catwalks and to the other side of the valley, to a... well, you asked for a general store, but this seems more of a megamart. Weapons, armor, general itmes, barrels of cannon powder...
  506. [16:18:02] * Natalie twirls and leaps after him the whole way, totally browsing for Softs as soon as they get there.
  507. [16:18:17] <Celina> "I had no idea a colony would have such a rich selection."
  508. [16:18:33] <@Kain> Softs are 50g
  509. [16:19:19] <@Kain> Ricard: “Like I said before, we have a really good mining business. We have a number of skills smiths around too, and we’re starting to export equipment back to Burmecia.”
  510. [16:19:23] <@Kain> *skilled
  511. [16:19:29] <Amaryllis> (do you have a more general shop list yet? It's okay if not)
  512. [16:19:36] <@Kain> (I don’t sorry :C)
  513. [16:19:45] <@Kain> (I’ll put one up tomorrow)
  514. [16:19:47] <Natalie> "Ahem.  Amaryllis," haughty as ever, "You were holding onto our funds, yes?  Let's purchase at least one of these for now."
  515. [16:20:03] * Amaryllis ponies up the 50 gil for a soft.
  516. [16:20:10] * Amaryllis does this just as Nat starts to speak up.
  517. [16:20:14] <Natalie> "Actually using it doesn't necessarily have to be immediate."
  518. [16:20:27] * Natalie is more-or-less trailing off and talking to herself.
  519. [16:20:38] <@Kain> The ‘soft’ seems more like a ‘prickly’. The item in question seems to be a golden needle of some sort. Apparently you’re supposed to jab it into the afflicted.
  520. [16:20:46] <Celina> "Amazing, amazing."
  521. [16:20:46] <Natalie> Oh, you.
  522. [16:20:53] * Amaryllis is about to press the soft to the cactuar but stops. "Should I wait, milady?"
  523. [16:21:04] <Celina> "Don't do it indoors, in any case."
  524. [16:21:13] <Amaryllis> "Right." Ammy withdraws her hand.
  525. [16:21:16] <@Kain> Ricard: “It’s a really nice place to live if you don’t mind the wind and the horrid beasts. But being from Cleyra I suppose you prefer foresty areas?”
  526. [16:21:37] <Celina> "I like any place where I can hear the wind singing. It sends a chill down my spine..."
  527. [16:21:45] <Natalie> "It's plausible it may just want to go free after this.  Let's do it outside," a nod to Ammy while... walking outside.
  528. [16:22:06] <@Lenore> "Should I get my rod ready?"
  529. [16:22:17] <Theta> "Yes, it would probably be wise to do this in a more secluded area.  The little creature is bound to panic."
  530. [16:22:57] * Celina casts a quick look down the aisles but has no money s doesn't look too hard.
  531. [16:22:58] <@Kain> Ricard smiles. “Maybe you’ll be back here one day then...”
  532. [16:23:07] <Natalie> (OTP)
  533. [16:23:21] <@Lenore> (^)
  534. [16:23:25] <@Kain> Ricard: “Anyway.”
  535. [16:23:31] <Celina> (>pairing celina with anyone)
  536. [16:23:32] * Amaryllis is about out of money too but chooses to browse any maps they have, if they're more detailed than what they got back at the port.
  537. [16:23:36] <Theta> (more like RTP)
  538. [16:23:51] <@Kain> The one you got back at the port was pretty good.
  539. [16:24:02] <@Kain> Even had an “Iron Tail Fratley” quote on the back as was custom
  540. [16:24:29] * Natalie prances outside and awaits the others then, hype evident-on-face.
  541. [16:24:35] <Amaryllis> "Milady, if you could wait..." Ammy trails off at the exiting Nat.
  542. [16:24:38] <Celina> (also that reminds me of that 'I love you but I must choose justice' image macro)
  543. [16:25:10] <@Lenore> "We're doing it now!" She skips after Natty~
  544. [16:25:33] <@Kain> Ricard follows you outside, a curious glance.
  545. [16:25:43] <@Kain> Ricard: “I’ve never actually seen anyone bother Softing a monster before.”
  546. [16:25:44] * Amaryllis turns to Celina and Theta with a "kids will be kids" sort of look, though it's clear she has some enthusiasm for this too by the way her hand shakes slightly, holding the soft.
  547. [16:26:00] * Amaryllis slowly shuffles out to meet Lenore and Nat.
  548. [16:26:25] <Celina> "Well, we sort of rescued it from being eaten."
  549. [16:26:34] <Celina> (clearly ricard has never been to oeilvert)
  550. [16:26:42] <Celina> "It's...a long story."
  551. [16:26:47] <Natalie> "What exactly are we waiting for?  The sooner we restore it and get it to thank us, the better."
  552. [16:26:47] <@Kain> (Apart from that :V)
  553. [16:27:17] * Natalie presumably heads to some secluded area where people aren't around and... just sets it down.
  554. [16:27:24] * Celina follows. "It's not going to thank you."
  555. [16:27:44] <Natalie> "It can thank me in servitude."
  556. [16:27:44] * Amaryllis stoops down wordlessly and pricks the thing in the forehead with the soft needle.
  557. [16:27:46] <Theta> "Have you ever seen one of those things when they get angry?"
  558. [16:27:49] <Theta> "Yes, they usually flee."
  559. [16:28:15] <Theta> "But when you get one worked up it becomes a very prickly affair."
  560. [16:28:31] <@Lenore> "We'd better be careful, then~"
  561. [16:28:39] <Natalie> "This is why we greet it calmly, obviously.  White magic is effective for this."
  562. [16:28:49] <Kaingaskhan> The needle seems to get absorbed into the stone...
  563. [16:29:01] <Kaingaskhan> And then the stone suddenly transmutes to flesh.
  564. [16:29:19] * Amaryllis gives the cactuar a shy wave.
  565. [16:29:19] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar turns a bright cactusy green, hopping up and looking around with alarm.
  566. [16:29:23] <Natalie> (inb4 it's a man in a cactuar cost- oh)
  567. [16:29:26] * Amaryllis backs up a bit.
  568. [16:29:38] * Celina stands perfectly still.
  569. [16:29:39] * Natalie backs up, also. "There. Are you feeling well?"
  570. [16:29:39] <Kaingaskhan> It sort of... dances in place a moment as it parses what just happened.
  571. [16:30:02] * Theta watches from a distance
  572. [16:30:24] * @Lenore is trying to hold back her excitement.
  573. [16:31:06] * Natalie makes a d'awwww face, with a small attempt to hide it. It doesn't work well.
  574. [16:31:15] <Amaryllis> "It seems your story must continue, little one."
  575. [16:31:39] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar emits a sudden series of weird, high pitched squeaks that you can’t quite understand.
  576. [16:31:50] <Celina> (language checks? :3c)
  577. [16:31:58] <Kaingaskhan> OKAY
  578. [16:32:03] <Natalie> (hahaha oh christ)
  579. [16:32:08] <@Lenore> 2d6+0
  580. [16:32:11] <Celina> SPENDING A POINT OF DESTINY
  581. [16:32:15] <@Lenore> (dammit)
  582. [16:32:21] <Natalie> (r u srs)
  583. [16:32:23] <Celina> because I want to be the cactuar whisperer
  584. [16:32:24] <Celina> yes
  585. [16:32:33] <Celina> 3d6 c'mon
  586. [16:32:33] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, c'mon: 9 [3d6=2,6,1]
  587. [16:32:35] <Celina> :C
  588. [16:32:41] <Amaryllis> 2d6 heaven or hell let's rock
  589. [16:32:41] <@Lenore> 2d6+0 c'mon~
  590. [16:32:41] <DiceMaid-9001> Amaryllis, heaven or hell let's rock: 4 [2d6=3,1]
  591. [16:32:41] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, c'mon~: 8 [2d6=3,5]
  592. [16:32:47] <Natalie> 2d6 HELP I'M DEAF
  593. [16:32:49] <DiceMaid-9001> Natalie, HELP I'M DEAF: 5 [2d6=3,2]
  594. [16:32:49] <Kaingaskhan> you don’t have very good luck with your destiny do you
  595. [16:32:51] <Celina> I don't
  596. [16:32:52] <@Lenore> I'LL SPEND A POINT OF DESTINY
  597. [16:32:55] <@Lenore> 1d6
  598. [16:32:55] <DiceMaid-9001> Lenore, 1d6: 2 [1d6=2]
  599. [16:32:58] <@Lenore> 10!
  600. [16:32:59] <Celina> that's probably because I use it on dumb things
  601. [16:33:04] <@Lenore> Does it work does it work?
  602. [16:33:04] <Natalie> (you people)
  603. [16:33:08] <Theta> (can I roll monster lore? :O)
  604. [16:33:10] <Celina> 3d6 shits and giggles, not official
  605. [16:33:11] <DiceMaid-9001> Celina, shits and giggles, not official: 5 [3d6=1,2,2]
  606. [16:33:14] <Celina> :I
  607. [16:33:19] <Celina> fuck me
  608. [16:33:29] <Celina> at least that wasn't official
  609. [16:33:34] <Amaryllis> (roll for Ricard!)
  610. [16:33:38] <Theta> 2d6 LANGUAGE.
  611. [16:33:39] <DiceMaid-9001> Theta, LANGUAGE.: 7 [2d6=1,6]
  612. [16:33:42] <Kaingaskhan> 2d6
  613. [16:33:43] <DiceMaid-9001> Kaingaskhan, 2d6: 12 [2d6=6,6]
  614. [16:33:46] <Amaryllis> (YES)
  615. [16:33:50] <Natalie> (oh wow)
  616. [16:33:59] <@Lenore> (RICARD THE CACTUAR WHISPERER)
  617. [16:34:10] <Celina> (I am 100% okay with this)
  618. [16:34:17] <Natalie> (inb4 the cactuar wants to be an astronaut and they become BFFs)
  619. [16:34:25] <Celina> (OKAY WITH THAT TOO)
  620. [16:34:30] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “It’s asking if you guys saved it from the catoblepas.” he says, casually.
  621. [16:34:41] <@Lenore> "Yes, yes we did!"
  622. [16:34:57] <Celina> "...Amazing."
  623. [16:34:59] <Natalie> "Well, of course.  You were one of the luckier souls, little one."
  624. [16:35:13] <Amaryllis> "It..." Ammy scribbles something in her journal. "You understand it." Her voice is flat, though not without a hint of astonishment.
  625. [16:35:27] * Celina crouches down and nods so the cactuar can see her instead of assuming it speaks common.
  626. [16:35:50] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “I met a purple jabberwock once that taught me some things about monster language.” he explains.
  627. [16:36:24] * Natalie gets all haughty and prepares to give a pretentious explanation of how he doesn't REALLY understand, but cuts herself off preemptively and just sort of silently grumbles.
  628. [16:36:28] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar bounces up and down a moment and makes more noises.
  629. [16:36:44] <Celina> "It's...sort of cute."
  630. [16:36:49] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Aaaand he says he owes you all a debt of thanks.”
  631. [16:37:12] <Natalie> ".. Hee hee.  And who was it who said it wasn't going to thank us, again?"
  632. [16:37:16] * Natalie fooooooooooolds her arms.
  633. [16:37:32] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Seems like he wants to repay the favor somehow?”
  634. [16:38:03] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar blushes a little at Celina’s statement. Ever seen a cactuar blush? Now you have.
  635. [16:38:19] <Natalie> (can't unsee Celina as Tear now btw)
  636. [16:38:24] <@Lenore> "I think it's adorable.  Too bad it's too prickly to hug."
  637. [16:38:27] <Theta> (uguu cactus)
  638. [16:38:46] * Theta just sorta pouts >:T
  639. [16:39:00] <Kaingaskhan> After a moment, it retracts all of its spines except the three on the top of its head.
  640. [16:39:03] <Celina> (oh god so cute cactus)
  641. [16:39:22] <Celina> (and no, she was mostly hesitant about saying it was cute because Natalie was mooning over it)
  642. [16:39:23] * Amaryllis gives it another wave and then attempts to shake its...hand? arm? Either way, Ammy slowly extends a friendly hand.
  643. [16:39:24] <Natalie> "T... That skill of yours is admirable, Sir Highwind.  Perhaps it could... nnn... serve as a guide for us in the area."
  644. [16:39:31] * @Lenore POUNCES ON IT.
  645. [16:39:37] <Celina> "Could you teach me to do that?"
  646. [16:39:39] * Natalie prepares the facepalm.
  647. [16:39:41] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar sort of flails around!
  648. [16:39:46] * @Lenore hugglehugglehuggle.
  649. [16:40:02] * Celina sort of steps closer to Ricard.
  650. [16:40:03] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Hm, that shouldn’t be too difficult...”
  651. [16:40:30] <Kaingaskhan> It doesn’t prick Lenore though so presumably it doesn’t mind ALL that much, just taken by surprise.
  652. [16:40:32] <Natalie> Nat headtilts.  "What was it Sir Sigma suggested naming it, again...?"
  653. [16:40:37] <Celina> "Theta."
  654. [16:40:47] <Natalie> "That would be a terrible name for the creature."
  655. [16:40:59] <@Lenore> "Mr. Prickles~"
  656. [16:41:01] * Theta pouts harder.
  657. [16:41:12] <Kaingaskhan> (I’m loling)
  658. [16:41:12] * @Lenore lets go of the cactuar so that she doesn't break it from HUGGING IT SO HARD
  659. [16:41:26] * Natalie wears a coolface.jpg after that. Just a little.
  660. [16:41:28] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar flees over behind Celina.
  661. [16:41:52] * Celina pats it.
  662. [16:42:02] <Celina> "I'm glad that you're safe, little one."
  663. [16:42:03] <Kaingaskhan> Squibblesquibblesquib
  664. [16:42:26] * Amaryllis pats Theta on the shoulder and shrugs.
  665. [16:42:32] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “He’d be more than happy to join you, he says.”
  666. [16:43:14] <Natalie> "Mr. Prickles... I don't see why not, then."  The rich brat walks over and bends down to face him as well.  "So, little one, would you like us to defeat that monster for you?  I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult."
  667. [16:43:22] <Kaingaskhan> The dragoon can’t help but smile. “It’s really nice to know that not all monsters out there are murderous, blood thirsty things. Cactuars aren’t particularly aggressive anyway from what I’ve seen, but this is still exceptional.”
  668. [16:43:41] <Amaryllis> "Nat I don't think..." It's that quick worried tone again.
  669. [16:43:47] <Kaingaskhan> Mr. Prickles: “Squibblesquibble”
  670. [16:43:50] <Celina> "Yeah, the only one we saw before just ran from us."
  671. [16:43:58] <Celina> "But are Cactuar really monsters?"
  672. [16:43:59] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “He sayd ‘not sure if strong or just insane”
  673. [16:44:04] <Kaingaskhan> *said
  674. [16:44:08] <Celina> "I thought they had a civilization and everything."
  675. [16:44:25] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Well, ‘monster’ is a pretty big classification, isn’t it?”
  676. [16:44:27] <Natalie> "Oh, don't be a worrywart.  Either of you!  It probably looks stronger than it actually is."
  677. [16:44:38] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Some people even consider Chocobos in that group.”
  678. [16:45:00] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “Technically Qu too, but who even knows?”
  679. [16:45:05] <Celina> "That's silly, though. People raise chocobos."
  680. [16:45:32] * Natalie pats the cactuar gently and stands back up. "We'll remember if it stands in our way again. Though, we do have our other priorities to worry about."
  681. [16:46:27] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “I think I can teach you enough to understand Mr. Prickles before you leave at least.”
  682. [16:46:37] <@Lenore> "Good!"
  683. [16:46:38] <Celina> "I would appreciate it if you would do so."
  684. [16:46:39] * Celina bows.
  685. [16:46:42] <Amaryllis> "Please."
  686. [16:47:07] <Kaingaskhan> Mr. Prickles joined the party!
  687. [16:47:08] <Natalie> "We'll likely spend the day here regardless, if that's permissable," she turns to Theta.  "I had something to ask Sir Phi about later anyway."
  688. [16:47:18] <Natalie> (yessssssssssssss)
  689. [16:47:32] <@Lenore> (yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssss)
  690. [16:47:38] <Natalie> (let's make Break play him)
  691. [16:48:27] <Theta> (oh god can we stat him up.)
  692. [16:48:36] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard: “That’s fine. I can show you where the inn is, and I don’t strictly need to stick around while you guys are there, but I have to accompany you everywhere else. But no one’ll mind if I take some time off to help you.”
  693. [16:48:42] <Theta> "Hm?"
  694. [16:49:00] <Celina> (HE SHOULD BE A PALADIN)
  695. [16:49:02] <@Lenore> "Thank you!"
  696. [16:49:04] <Natalie> "There's no hurry.  I can inquire at the inn."
  697. [16:49:08] <@Lenore> (^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^)
  698. [16:49:17] <Natalie> (I... I can't disagree with this)
  699. [16:49:30] <Kaingaskhan> You silly people
  700. [16:49:38] <Celina> (I LOVE YOU ALL)
  701. [16:49:45] <Amaryllis> (Cactuar Paladin would be amazing)
  702. [16:50:04] <Theta> (I was thinking just like, take monster stats but)
  703. [16:50:13] <Amaryllis> (or a Holy Dragoon. I mean, don't cactuar jump really high and run and etc?)
  704. [16:50:23] <Natalie> (I was actually going to suggest entertainer)
  705. [16:50:38] <@Lenore> (...that would work even better.)
  706. [16:50:41] <Theta> Theta shrugs.
  707. [16:50:44] <Kaingaskhan> implying holy dragoon isn’t a class upgrade
  708. [16:50:57] <Kaingaskhan> entertainer is banned
  709. [16:51:03] <Natalie> (TREE HEE HEE)
  710. [16:51:05] <Kaingaskhan> from being given to random NPCs
  711. [16:51:11] <Amaryllis> (:V)
  712. [16:51:15] <Celina> (paladin's cuter ayway)
  713. [16:51:18] <Natalie> (red mage)
  714. [16:51:23] <Celina> (I can train him in the art of the high jump)
  715. [16:51:31] <Celina> (and then he can become an astronaut with Ricard)
  716. [16:51:42] <Natalie> (the idea of nat teaching him white magic to make him a paladin is hilarious)
  717. [16:51:48] <Kaingaskhan> Ricard leads you all over to the inn, if you like.
  718. [16:51:51] <Natalie> (where doing it man, where making this HAPEN)
  719. [16:51:53] * Natalie likes!
  720. [16:52:19] * @Lenore very much likes. She's wondering if she should leave him and Celina together to have her ship happen.
  721. [16:52:22] <Theta> (come to think of it)
  722. [16:52:25] <Theta> (shouldn't he just be a blue mage)
  723. [16:52:29] * Amaryllis dutifully follows the young noble!
  724. [16:52:33] <Amaryllis> (zoof that isn't funny though)
  725. [16:52:40] <Kaingaskhan> It’s very nice, unlike the other buildings in the city, while it’s still steel on the outside; the inside is furnished with beautiful mahogany, carpets, a few grandfather clocks... In fact...
  726. [16:52:49] * Celina checks the clocks.
  727. [16:52:54] <Natalie> (inb4 it's POSSESSED, BOSS: GHOST INN)
  728. [16:53:05] <Celina> (suplex it)
  729. [16:53:09] <Natalie> (thank you)
  730. [16:53:14] <Natalie> (I almost said that, but I KNEW somebody would)
  731. [16:53:15] <Kaingaskhan> Celina, you notice the grandfather clock next to the front counter is the same one from Cleyra. It’s got a number of scratched here and there but looks mostly restored.
  732. [16:53:18] <@Lenore> (God we are in full SILLY mode)
  733. [16:53:26] <Kaingaskhan> *scratches
  734. [16:53:37] <Kaingaskhan> (The same one the innkeeper at Cleyra had rather)
  735. [16:54:10] * Natalie drags Ammy to see about getting rooms, taking care to arrange for a talk with the monkeyman.
  736. [16:54:14] * Celina runs a hand over it reverently. "Funny that we should both be so far from home..."
  737. [16:54:57] * Amaryllis allows herself to be dragged!
  738. [16:55:02] <Kaingaskhan> Mr Prickles stands nearby, staring a bit at the clock himself.
  739. [16:55:09] <Natalie> MOE~
  740. [16:55:39] <@Lenore> "Does Mr. Prickles like clocks too?"
  741. [16:55:51] <Kaingaskhan> The rooms are priced wonderfully at only fluff monies per night
  742. [16:55:56] <Natalie> aw year
  743. [16:56:17] <Kaingaskhan> (Basically I’m not going to charge you guys for living expenses)
  744. [16:56:34] * Natalie would then drag Theta off unless he has some other business?
  745. [16:56:50] * @Lenore is stuck with Mr. Prickles, then!
  746. [16:56:51] * Amaryllis sees to the inn's kitchens, inspecting their cooking equipment.
  747. [16:56:56] * Theta is totes dragged
  748. [16:57:21] <Natalie> "Ahem~"  Dragging success.
  749. [16:57:37] <Kaingaskhan> Pretty standard equipment. The innkeeper is sort of frazzled about why you’re back there, but if you offer to cook he lets you have reign of it.
  750. [16:57:44] * @Lenore is going to go on a WILD ADVENTURE with Mr. Prickles while everyone is examining the Inn, and will save teh world twice in the process, but lose any exp she gained for said adventures miraculously by the time she comes back with him.
  751. [16:58:16] <Natalie> "You knew this 'Vivi' person, right?"  Nat adjusts her ribbon once aside, speaking in a lot less princess-y of a voice.  "Tell me all about him, please~"
  752. [16:59:30] <Theta> "Hm?  Not personally, no.  He passed away before I came aware of things.  I learned most of what I know of him from Master Bebe, who I worked with."
  753. [16:59:38] * Celina is busy picking up Mr. Prickles so he can get a better look at the clock though. Then they can whirlwind adventure.
  754. [16:59:52] * Amaryllis very quickly prepares a small desert or the the like, leaving some for the kitchen staff and bringing the rest to Nat and Theta. (gonna wait for the conversation to progress a bit here before heading over because cooking time)
  755. [17:00:13] <Kaingaskhan> ADVENTURE
  756. [17:00:14] <Natalie> "Oh..." She looks a little dejected but not really.  "I see.  I was curious, is all- he was a spellcaster, was he not?"
  757. [17:00:33] <Kaingaskhan> MR. PRICKLES GAIDEN: THE LOVELY MISADVENTURES OF MR. PRICKLES
  758. [17:00:47] <Natalie> (oh god I really want to see a Lenore + Mr. P adventure sidequest session)
  759. [17:00:56] <Natalie> (Where it's like... a Pinta's Quest-esque minigame)
  760. [17:01:14] <Natalie> (only less bad)
  761. [17:01:16] <@Lenore> (I was thinking something like Arche's Adventure or whatever it was called)
  762. [17:01:18] <Natalie> (Pinta's quest was awful)
  763. [17:01:22] <Natalie> (Groovy Arche?)
  764. [17:01:26] <Natalie> (GROOVY even)
  765. [17:01:36] <Celina> (in b4 we derail the entire game because of this cactuar :B)
  766. [17:01:42] <Amaryllis> (it's gonna happen)
  767. [17:01:45] <Natalie> (perfect)
  768. [17:01:47] <Amaryllis> (cactuar quest man)
  769. [17:01:54] <Amaryllis> (we have to make him the king of his people)
  770. [17:01:55] <Natalie> (we'll actually make him a paladin)
  771. [17:01:56] * Theta nods. "I am told he was a very formidable black mage. His children are a great curiosity to us as well. Whatever made him unique from his peers was carried onto them."
  772. [17:02:08] <Celina> (we also have to rescue his cactuarbuddy at some point)
  773. [17:02:15] <Amaryllis> (I think we're all obligated to edit one goal on char sheets to "get Sir Prickles officially knighted")
  774. [17:02:32] <Celina> (V:)
  775. [17:02:46] <Amaryllis> (no no, his buddy gets eaten and we have to make a grave to mourn him and swear vengeance against the catoblepas)
  776. [17:03:24] <@Lenore> (inb4 Kain has him tragically killed off by the end of the session so we'll shut up about it.)
  777. [17:04:00] <Natalie> "Was it really?  Do you know if he... nnnnn..."  The blue-haired kid pauses to think a bit.  "If he knew a spell called 'Flare' or somesuch, by any chance?  I... read about it, that's all.  A-And I just wanted to check how acurate it was."
  778. [17:04:51] * Amaryllis enters the room with Nat and Theta, carrying small black currant puddings for everyone. She sets them down in front of the pair and backs up, giving them space to speak.
  779. [17:04:57] <Natalie> "And if something like that was passed down..."
  780. [17:05:25] * Natalie goes full-fangirl mode, seeming to totally ignore Theta being there at least enough to give a frantic thankful gesture.
  781. [17:06:40] * Theta seems terribly confused. "Despite the robes, I am not exactly a mage myself. I am unsure on such matters. It might be better to ask one of his children or...well, The Mayor, but we are very far away from the village."
  782. [17:08:41] <Natalie> A small nod... paired with- is that a 'kyaaa?'  It's hard to tell.  That or well-hidden.  MMPH.  "All right, thank you.  I considered mentioning it to the Mage earlier, but a White Mage knowing of Black Magic... well, even I hardly know much of it."
  783. [17:09:25] <Celina> "So, Miss Lenore."
  784. [17:09:29] <Celina> "What do you think of this land?"
  785. [17:10:00] <@Lenore> "I like it!  It's really windy but my hat is special so it won't blow off and it's really cool and I bet it's really nice in the summer because it's never that hot due to the wind!"
  786. [17:10:47] <Theta> "Well, they have an innate talent for magic, yes, but not all of them choose to pursue it."
  787. [17:10:54] <Theta> "Or it is not always black magic."
  788. [17:11:18] <Celina> "It is lovely, isn't it?" Celina seems to be mostly musing. "I hope that it will remain safe..."
  789. [17:11:20] * Amaryllis listens intently from the side.
  790. [17:11:41] <@Lenore> "So do I!  And I bet Mr. Prickles does too!"
  791. [17:12:32] <Kaingaskhan> Mr. Prickles: “Squibble?”
  792. [17:14:04] * Celina actually smiles for once. "Perhaps we should arrange for some kind of cart, if we're going to have a long journey ahead of us."
  793. [17:14:05] * Natalie takes every bite with nearly a squeal. "Nnnn~ Just how many of these children are there? I'm almost a bit curious to hear their opinions on magic."
  794. [17:14:20] <Celina> "But then again, perhaps a certain person would use that as an excuse to be ferried about everywhere."
  795. [17:15:32] <@Lenore> "We don't need a cart, we can just use my hat!"
  796. [17:15:53] <Theta> "He had many children.  Easily more than five."
  797. [17:15:57] * Theta sip
  798. [17:15:58] <Celina> "Your...hat?"
  799. [17:17:02] * @Lenore takes it off, then holds it upside down in front of Celina. "Stick your hand in and pull something out!"
  800. [17:17:22] <Theta> "Just what is your curiosity with this anyway, if I may ask?"
  801. [17:17:24] * Natalie munch. "Rrrrrrrrreally. Then I'll have to remember to ask about powerful magics." Munchmunch. "Holy and Flare... note them down if you'd be so kind at some point, Amm- ... Amaryllis."
  802. [17:17:28] * Celina eyes the hat with suspicion, then gingerly reaches in.
  803. [17:17:37] * Amaryllis takes a small bite out of her own pudding, then takes a small step forward. "So it is for their sake among others that you do your research." It's sort of a question, but you can't tell with the flat tone.
  804. [17:17:42] <Natalie> She winks at Ammy and turns back, grinning.  "Oh, just curiosity!"
  805. [17:17:48] * Amaryllis jots it down.
  806. [17:17:53] <Amaryllis> "Of course milady."
  807. [17:19:36] <Theta> "Well, not just for the mages but the village as a whole.  I am not soley here to research a solution for their delimma but also just to learn.  Both our races are quite...behind on the times, it seems."
  808. [17:21:00] <Natalie> "Yes, yes~ Your goal isn't t complex one though, Sir Nu, so long as the crystal encourages us to travel together I DO hope you can find the answers you're seeking somewhere along the way."
  809. [17:21:34] <Natalie> "And of course we'll end up assisting along the way."
  810. [17:22:08] <Theta> (ppppppppppphhhhhht.)
  811. [17:22:09] * Celina then pulls her hand out of the hat O:
  812. [17:22:16] <@Lenore> Inside Lenore's hat you feel an assortment of objects.  As you feel each object, the identity of the object, such as "Silly history book on the Forgotten Continent" or "My extra extra Dress", or even "a really long rope"
  813. [17:22:35] * Celina comes out with the extra extra dress.
  814. [17:22:39] * Celina immediately puts it back.
  815. [17:22:41] <Celina> "...Fascinating."
  816. [17:23:06] * Theta "Hm. Well, I cannot say I have noticed some fallacies in my original thesis."
  817. [17:23:24] <@Lenore> "Isn't it?  My dad helped me make the enchantment, and if I found another hat I liked better I could move it to that hat!"
  818. [17:24:07] <Amaryllis> "You had mentioned a prototype while we were on the boat." Ammy taps her pen against the side of her head.
  819. [17:24:14] <Celina> "Could you stick it on a circlet or something?"
  820. [17:24:20] * Natalie finishes nomming and flops on a bed or something, letting Ammy do the talking now.
  821. [17:24:45] <@Lenore> "Mmmmmm, it has to be something that you can only reach into on one side."
  822. [17:26:17] <Celina> "I see."
  823. [17:26:20] * Theta nods. "Yes, after several months of study of Alexandrian records and arts I devised a thesis and prototype on a suggested trend."
  824. [17:26:21] * Celina looks a little disappointed.
  825. [17:26:36] <Theta> He digs around a bit for a rather large tome, and PLOMPS it down, digging around in it a bit...
  826. [17:26:40] <Celina> "So, are we going to keep Sir Prickles in there? Or just carry him?"
  827. [17:26:57] <Kaingaskhan> Prickles: “Squibble!” he seems to object to being stuffed into a hat.
  828. [17:27:06] * Amaryllis leeeaaaannnnnssss over, still relatively expressionless except for a glimmer of curiosity in her eyes.
  829. [17:27:23] * Natalie sits up with the same curious glimmer. Only maybe slightly less curious. Slightly.
  830. [17:27:24] <@Lenore> "It's not healthy for living things to reside in a storage like that!"
  831. [17:28:44] <Theta> "Census data, historical records, and a few scientific journals I was able to secure from the traveling Moogles all pointed to a few similar conclusions."  Indeed a lot of what he is flipping through at the moment looks like copied entries from other documents, before he comes to about halfway through.
  832. [17:28:49] <Celina> "Probably not."
  833. [17:28:54] <Celina> "Then we shan't."
  834. [17:29:41] <Amaryllis> "Impressive research." Ammy's eyes flit to and fro over the pages, focusing on the historical records more than the hard data. Stories, not numbers!
  835. [17:30:32] <Celina> "Do you think we should check on the others now?"
  836. [17:30:37] <Theta> "It is obvious that the Black Mage's form was in the image of the human male." Beside this is an image similar to Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, with a doll outline behind it.
  837. [17:31:42] <@Lenore> "Yeah, of course!"  She starts happily skipping over to the room the others are at.
  838. [17:31:57] * Celina follows more slowly.
  839. [17:32:42] * Amaryllis nods, gesturing for Theta to continue.
  840. [17:33:11] * Natalie peps up and adjusts her ribbon, about to speak but decides against it.
  841. [17:33:50] <Celina> "I bet you didn't know what you were getting into," she muses to Sir Prickles before stepping in.
  842. [17:34:03] <Kaingaskhan> Prickles: “Squib.”
  843. [17:34:09] <Theta> "Despite this, it is evident from these records that human females live slightly longer lifespans, show to be slightly less susceptible to disease, and from them comes new life.  As such..." he turns the page.
  844. [17:34:15] <Kaingaskhan> The cactuar follows along anyway.
  845. [17:35:03] <Natalie> Nat is pondering intently until the others come in, in which case she just flops back down.
  846. [17:35:30] <Kaingaskhan> (Oh boy oh boy)
  847. [17:35:46] <Amaryllis> "What does that mean for your prototype?" Ammy turns midsentence, gazed fixated on the cactuar.
  848. [17:36:15] * Natalie rolls over to give the Cactuar bedspace.
  849. [17:36:47] <Kaingaskhan> Prickles hops up onto the bed... then up onto the windowsill to soak in some sunlight.
  850. [17:36:56] <Celina> (:3)
  851. [17:37:04] <Celina> "So, you are discussing the Black Mages?"
  852. [17:37:13] <Natalie> "Nnnnnn.  You're an energetic little one, aren't you?"
  853. [17:37:32] <Kaingaskhan> Prickles: “Wibblewibblewibble”
  854. [17:37:55] <Kaingaskhan> Where the hell did Ricard go, anyway?
  855. [17:38:04] * Amaryllis nods at Celina and offers her and Lenore an extra black currant pudding, not sure if Cactuars can eat it.
  856. [17:38:05] <Natalie> (ninja status: confirmed)
  857. [17:38:09] <Natalie> (he's on the ceiling, duh)
  858. [17:38:20] <Amaryllis> (dragoon/time mage/ninja/cactuar whisperer)
  859. [17:38:26] <Theta> "I hypothesized that a frame modeled after the human female could increase the lifespan of the dolls.  I modeled my design after a character from an Alexandrian play the Dwarves are fond of, Maria Strongguard."  Next to it is a traded model with rather...'curvey' proportions.  On a side note, anyone familiar with the play scene would know this is a very raunchy comedy about a noble girl
  860. [17:38:26] <Theta> whose countless suiters are frustrated with this girl who just wants to explore the world, so she eventually joins a bandit crew.  "As one reviewer claimed she is the embodiment of the modern human youth."
  861. [17:38:49] * Celina doesn't know shit about plays or human youth.
  862. [17:38:50] * @Lenore sits at a table and NOMS PUDDING.
  863. [17:38:50] * Amaryllis is probably familiar, being a storyteller? (Kain, would that be okay?)
  864. [17:39:03] <Kaingaskhan> (Yep)
  865. [17:39:06] <Natalie> (Actually could I use my Lore (BEING FUCKING RICH) for that?  Because that is SO app- oh okay)
  866. [17:39:57] <Amaryllis> "I..." Amaryllis turns slightly red looking over the diagram. "Theta, are you familiar with this play?" Her voice has lost its usual flatness and has a bit of a rushed desperation to it.
  867. [17:39:59] <Kaingaskhan> (I’m pretty lenient about these things)
  868. [17:40:04] * Natalie crawls over to see it, and just staaaaaaaares.
  869. [17:40:09] <Theta> "I presented this hypothesis to the board and village council with a physical prototype model, not yet instilled with life, just an outline, and it left them quiet for over an hour.  They then instructed me to venture forth and study some outside the city, and then The Mayor teleported me."
  870. [17:40:19] <Theta> He is completely straight faced and serious through all of this.
  871. [17:40:34] * Celina glances over at Amaryllis.
  872. [17:40:36] <Natalie> "... You mean you... built... that?"
  873. [17:40:36] * Celina HMMMs.
  874. [17:41:01] <Celina> "That design doesn't look very conductie to swift movement."
  875. [17:41:04] <Theta> "Well...it was...more like a scare crow. An example."
  876. [17:41:18] <Celina> *conductive
  877. [17:41:37] <Amaryllis> "I would not wish anyone the fate of being bound to the tales of such a body." Ammy says bluntly.
  878. [17:41:43] * Natalie just stares at the image more. "... It certainly makes sense why they'd tell you to study more."
  879. [17:42:22] * @Lenore has pudding still on her face (she'll get to wiping it in just a sec) but she looks over the figure. "So this is a Black Mage Prototype?"
  880. [17:43:03] <Theta> "Well, slightly.  I have seen Dwarven reinactments of it but never a script.  Just reviews from Alexandrian papers."
  881. [17:43:05] * Natalie would have licked the pudding off if she were played by Charm, but she isn't. So it's back to 'what'ing at the model diagram.
  882. [17:43:18] <Amaryllis> (Where is my look of disapproval?)
  883. [17:43:24] <Amaryllis> (zoof fetch me one plz)
  884. [17:43:31] * @Lenore staaares at the model.
  885. [17:43:34] * @Lenore staaaares.
  886. [17:43:53] * Celina doesn't see what the big deal is beyond BAD FOR JUMPING.
  887. [17:44:06] <Amaryllis> "It is quite the tale sir Theta." Ammy is not sure whether to spare the poor naive genome.
  888. [17:44:07] <@Lenore> "...it's making me feel a bit uncomfortable."  She wipes the pudding off her face.
  889. [17:44:55] <Amaryllis> "..." Ammy finally sighs. "The play of which you speak is that of a raunchy harlot, and you have replicated her form there." She points a finger at the diagram, reddening a bit more as she stares at it.
  890. [17:45:13] <Celina> "..."
  891. [17:45:18] * Celina covers Lenore's eyes.
  892. [17:45:41] * Theta seems terribly confused. "Huh. But..."
  893. [17:46:30] * @Lenore flails, trying to get Celina's hands off her faaaace.
  894. [17:46:31] <Natalie> "And thus, you were 'teleported' in order to learn more about anatomy.  How..."  She just shakes her head, apparently not bothered by this.
  895. [17:48:02] <Celina> "Theta, please close the book."
  896. [17:48:06] <Theta> "But that does not make sense.  They told me this was an IMPORTANT MISSAGE for the village that could take SEVERAL YEARS to complete."
  897. [17:48:08] * Amaryllis stifles a small giggle. "You...had no idea." She pats Theta on the shoulder.
  898. [17:48:15] * @Lenore flailflailflail.
  899. [17:48:33] <Theta> "And -all- the Dwarves plays are like that. Even their renditions of 'I Want to be Your Canary.' "
  900. [17:48:38] * Theta head scratch.
  901. [17:48:47] * Natalie is, indeed, staring up at Theta with the Look of Infinite Disapproval as soon as he closes the book.
  902. [17:49:14] * Celina has heard of that one.
  903. [17:49:16] * Celina stares.
  904. [17:49:32] * Celina 's hands fall to her sides again.
  905. [17:50:02] <Natalie> "Well, Sir Lambda, the solution is quite simple."
  906. [17:50:06] <Amaryllis> "Such twisted renditions of the classic tales..." Ammy frowns but stifles another laugh when her gaze passes over the diagram again.
  907. [17:50:12] * @Lenore now that she is not blinded, thinks it's time to complain! "Miss Celly, I'm 17, I can look at those things!"
  908. [17:50:16] <Theta> "Maybe it's something about that liquid they consume that The Mayor never let me have any of." :<
  909. [17:50:34] <Celina> "...Is seventeen when a human is grown?"
  910. [17:50:37] <Amaryllis> (were FFIX dwarves known for being big on THE BOOZE? I can't recall whether they subverted that point too)
  911. [17:50:38] <Celina> "If so, forgive me."
  912. [17:50:51] <Amaryllis> "It is, Lady Celina."
  913. [17:50:53] <Celina> (they were mostly big on boiled owl and fried oglop)
  914. [17:50:53] <Theta> (they were sorta critical silly.)
  915. [17:51:07] <Amaryllis> (yeah I just don't recall references to alcohol much)
  916. [17:51:20] <Theta> (Well SOME booze versus no booze is still booze V:)
  917. [17:51:57] <@Lenore> "Although now this has me thinking..."
  918. [17:52:08] <@Lenore> "...I've never seen a play!  We should watch a play sometime!"
  919. [17:52:59] <Natalie> "Never?"  An eyebrow quirks.
  920. [17:53:06] <Celina> "Burmecian theater is the best, of course."
  921. [17:53:19] <@Lenore> "Daddy never let me out much."
  922. [17:54:24] <@Lenore> "He'd rather make sure I studied every day!"
  923. [17:55:04] <Natalie> "Oh ho."  Yaaaawn.  "Then depending on where the crystal leads us, maybe there will be a chance."
  924. [17:55:35] <Celina> "You keep mentioning your father..."
  925. [17:56:00] <@Lenore> "...is there something wrong with that?"
  926. [17:57:19] <Amaryllis> "Simple curiosity I imagine."
  927. [17:57:19] <Celina> "No! No, I...Well. Never mind."
  928. [17:58:12] * Natalie yawns and cranks up the bitchtag again. "Her relationship with her father is her own business."
  929. [17:58:22] <@Lenore> "Y-yes, it is!"
  930. [17:58:33] <@Kain> (brb, you people keep going as long as you want :3)
  931. [17:58:46] <Natalie> "Do be more courteous with such matters in the future, would you?"
  932. [17:58:58] * Theta just frumbles as he stares down at his notes, still trying to process things.
  933. [17:59:01] <Celina> "I believe that answers my question, yes."
  934. [17:59:05] <Natalie> Nat glances a glance of CHALLENGE at the rat.
  935. [17:59:59] <Natalie> "Either way, Sir Mu, I think your problem can be solved quite easily."
  936. [18:00:15] * Celina ignores Natalie, mostly.
  937. [18:00:22] <Natalie> NFA
  938. [18:00:24] <Celina> "Keep your clothes on, kiddo."
  939. [18:00:26] * Amaryllis sighs as she looks between Nat and Celina.
  940. [18:00:42] <Natalie> "Oh, I wouldn't dare."
  941. [18:00:43] <@Lenore> "You should base it off of me, or Azure!  Instead of...eheh.."
  942. [18:00:55] * Natalie starts to lift a foot to point it at Lenore but... oops.
  943. [18:01:15] <Natalie> "... Well, I suppose it makes it easier that she had the same idea."
  944. [18:01:44] <@Lenore> "And maybe make them grow up to be like Ammy!"
  945. [18:01:52] * Celina just shakes her head. "I believe I shall go see about these cliffs that Sir Ricar-"
  946. [18:02:02] <Celina> "...Where did Sir Ricard go?"
  947. [18:02:40] <Natalie> "As wonderful as it would be to replicate my elegance, I think she would be a much easier model to capture.  Perhaps when you're a world-renowned designer I'd allow you an attempt, but..."
  948. [18:03:53] <@Lenore> "Then I guess Theta gets to study me!"
  949. [18:04:15] <Natalie> (I hear the gaydar exploding already)
  950. [18:04:29] * Amaryllis shifts uneasily at the suggestion of being made a model for mass-produced living dolls.
  951. [18:05:30] * Theta seems to ponder this a bit, very seriously.
  952. [18:06:23] * Natalie flops back on the bed, turning to Celina. "He may have already made it to the moons by now. I expect it would be trouble to try and visit him."
  953. [18:06:57] <Theta> "Would you truely be okay with this, Lenore?  Obviously at the moment, anyway, we have more pressing matters, but..."
  954. [18:07:36] <Amaryllis> "You are taking the suggestion seriously." It's another one of those question-that-isn't-spoken-like-a-questions. Ammy just stares at Theta.
  955. [18:07:55] * Natalie giggles a veeeeery tiny 'mission success' giggle.
  956. [18:08:06] * Celina just sort of...edges out.
  957. [18:08:19] <@Lenore> "I don't see what the problem is!"
  958. [18:08:35] <Natalie> "Oh, there certainly isn't any.  Do have fun, you two~"
  959. [18:09:18] <Theta> Theta seems confused at Ammy's inquirely. "Why wouldn't I?"
  960. [18:11:07] <Amaryllis> "Please, continue your research before settling upon a final course of action. What is written in the books of history cannot be unwritten."
  961. [18:11:21] * Amaryllis gets up with a look toward Nat.
  962. [18:11:53] <Natalie> The giggle is still going on, and still as malevolent as it's ever been.  Just... isn't very loud.
  963. [18:12:13] <@Lenore> "I wonder what got into them~"
  964. [18:12:57] <Natalie> "Ohhh."  Nat returns the look and leaps up.  "Should we leave them to...?"
  965. [18:13:59] * Theta headscratches. "Well, as I said, we have more pressing matters at the current, yes. Not to mention securing Master Lolo a copy of this manifest."
  966. [18:14:11] <Theta> "Well, not THIS THIS one," he points to his big tome, "The journal."
  967. [18:14:40] <@Lenore> "Mmmm, okay!  I'll help with that, since everyone else left!"
  968. [18:15:03] <Natalie> "Oh, nonsense!"  Adjusting her ribbon, Azure marches toward the door and pushes Ammy too.  "Don't let us get in your way.  We'll step out for a bit."
  969. [18:15:25] <@Lenore> (...oh I thought they already HAD left.)
  970. [18:15:31] <Natalie> (THEY HAVE NOW)
  971. [18:15:53] * Amaryllis is pushed out D:
  972. [18:16:53] <Theta> "...I say, those two are acting rather odd today."
  973. [18:17:20] <@Kain> http://timidgirls.wikidot.com/mr-prickles
  974. [18:17:28] <Natalie> (bisonyes.avi)
  975. [18:17:36] <@Lenore> "Maybe it's just that they think it's funny that you and I are lacking in certain kinds of knowledge!"
  976. [18:17:38] <Amaryllis> (Kain we love you.)
  977. [18:17:43] <@Lenore> (SQUEAL)
  978. [18:18:25] <Amaryllis> (>poisona)
  979. [18:18:39] <Amaryllis> (can Mr. Prickles cure Ammy's hangovers after drinking? :O)
  980. [18:18:48] <@Kain> (Very possible)
  981. [18:18:53] <Natalie> (his quote is...)
  982. [18:18:53] <Theta> (Beuno.)
  983. [18:18:55] <Natalie> (I..)
  984. [18:19:14] <Theta> (It's like a Bill Cosby quote.)
  985. [18:19:41] <Natalie> (oh god he has more HP than monk nat would have too jesus christ)
  986. [18:20:48] <@Kain> Ricard is back down in the lobby, sitting at one of the tables. It seems he’s brought some materials with him.
  987. [18:21:08] <@Lenore> "So, I guess they wanted us to get to work on the modeling, so what do I have to do for that?"
  988. [18:21:58] <Celina> "So, what can you teach me?" Celina is maybe distracted from windsurfing by the promise of CACTUARTALK
  989. [18:22:26] <Amaryllis> (...Kain can we we teach Mr. Prickles a bit and set part of his skill set? Or something like that?)
  990. [18:22:34] <Natalie> Nat totally left Mr. Prickles in the room to stare at the lovely couple by the by.
  991. [18:22:45] <@Kain> Staaaaaaare
  992. [18:23:10] <@Kain> (Maybe iunno :3c)
  993. [18:23:35] <@Kain> Ricard looks up. “Well, I brought my notes... if you’ll have a seat we can start looking through this?”
  994. [18:23:37] <Theta> "Uhm..." He thinks a bit. "Well, before I simply traced down the image from a play advertisement so...I am...not really sure myself how to go about this."
  995. [18:24:12] <Theta> "I know when I was asked to make something by the blacksmithy I usually had a physical example of it though, sooo...hrm."
  996. [18:24:17] * Amaryllis returns to the lobby with Nat in tow (unless she went to be lazy and nap), sitting down near Ricard to listen.
  997. [18:24:48] <Natalie> Nah, she's totally with, having been close to Ammy during the whole walk.  The whole... one-hallway journey to the lobby.
  998. [18:25:34] * Celina sits down next to him :>
  999. [18:25:51] <Theta> (I actually hadn't given any thought to thia at ALL. HMMM.)
  1000. [18:26:28] <Natalie> (just fuck already)
  1001. [18:26:48] <@Lenore> (I was just expecting something like "take off your clothes so I can draw you" and an imminent "what")
  1002. [18:27:10] <Natalie> (it's funny because I... I don't think he knows you need to take your clothes off to be a model)
  1003. [18:27:13] <Natalie> (that's the kicker)
  1004. [18:27:29] <@Lenore> (Lenore doesn't either!)
  1005. [18:27:31] <@Kain> You and Ricard have a total STUDY BUDDY session
  1006. [18:27:37] <Theta> (pretty much.)
  1007. [18:27:39] <@Kain> And surprisingly cactuar is fairly easy to pick up
  1008. [18:27:41] <Theta> (They are both idiots.)
  1009. [18:27:50] <@Kain> or maybe you’re smarter than you thought
  1010. [18:27:56] * Celina STUDYBUDDYS also Nat would probably say it's because it's all squeaks
  1011. [18:28:00] <Celina> because Nat is RACIST
  1012. [18:28:37] <Natalie> >implying she wasn't listening in on the whole session with Ammy
  1013. [18:28:57] <@Kain> in any case I think we done?
  1014. [18:29:08] <Natalie> NOPE, BOSS: GHOST INN
  1015. [18:29:14] <Theta> He picks up the old tome, rips out the last quarter or so blank pages, and tosses the rest aside. "We'll use that as a firestarter later, I guess."
  1016. [18:29:57] <Celina> thanks you for game kain :>
  1017. [18:29:59] <Celina> that was fun
  1018. [18:30:03] <Celina> and by fun I mean
  1019. [18:30:05] <Celina> silly
  1020. [18:30:14] <@Kain> mhm
  1021. [18:30:15] <Theta> "Since neither of us have a clue what we're doing, how about you just...stand there and I make a quick sketch!"
  1022. [18:30:20] <Amaryllis> FFIX-2: Cactuar Quest
  1023. [18:30:22] <@Lenore> "Okay!"
  1024. [18:30:46] <Theta> AND THEN SILLY THINGS BEGAN.
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