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    Default The Court of the King in Rags

    In a dismal swamp in the wilderness, something has arisen. It seems to have happened virtually overnight, not that many people have a reason to go there and check. It seems that walls of stone rose from under the murky water - were they always there, buried and forgotten?

    The risen stone walls have been grown over by thick, black trees and vines emerging from the ground. Twisting above the structure, they form an unsettling facsimile of a peaked roof, with gaps between them letting in some faint, greyish light. The building is entered through a long hall, which widens halfway through. There doesn't seem to be any door, but it's not as welcoming as it sounds. Beyond the entrance is not the moist, unpleasant place one might expect, but a somber space of stone and wood. The court is deathly quiet, at least until someone happens across it...
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    Someone is approaching the king's dismal court.
    A couple someones, actually. A splendid chariot pulled by large flightless birds is racing along the road. Now, normally there's probably no road leading through the wilderness and into this swamp. But in this case the road is constantly materializing a bit ahead of the chariot and fading away a while after it has passed.

    The passengers are Yone and a nameless imp. Yone is a terran fey who belongs to the Outer Court, aligned with travel and desolate empty places. She is young and takes foolish risks, which is part of how she got into this situation. She looks like a lioness at first glance, but then you see the too-long neck, the eyes all blue without even a pupil, the horns, the extra limbs holding the reins.
    The imp is more mysterious, though we can tell you that Yone finds her quite annoying.
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    The visitors will be greeted by silence, at first. Only several black birds stare at them from the branches of nearby trees. Then, they speak.

    "What do you seek in the court of the King in Rags?"

    The voice is coming from several beaks, but it doesn't have any reverb to it, nor does it sound like anything that'd come from a bird's throat. It's a whisper, deep and resonating.
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    The imp shrugs. "We sided with the wrong people, the dudes that would become demons, and got whipped alongside them when the fey gods kicked their asses. The punishment would honestly have been worse if they hadn't stuck up for us though. You fey can't touch our essence as long they protect us, see? It's pretty clever."
    Well, that's very interesting, isn't it? A war between fey and demons which the demons lost. And the key to these imps is some sort of demonic protection.

    "Has this all been gathering information on your enemies, then? I don't think I'm the same as those fey."
    Admittedly, maybe it was hidden from her, and Yone's sort of fey do have some connection to demons. They do not, but at this moment she can't be sure.
    "Anyway, we're here."

    She calls out to the whispering birds.
    "We bring a warning, to tell the King of approaching danger."
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    The birds are silent for a time, before whispering again.

    "The King will grant you audience and hear your warning. Step into the court and show it the respect a dwelling of one of the Gentry requires."

    The entrance to the court lies open. But few people would call it welcoming...
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    [Cat Chariot]

    "Eh, not enemies. As ya' said, yer' all different. Even the ones we know. Besides, things have changed now and as ya' said, we're here."

    The imps turn to look at the ravens. "So... what kind of 'respect' does this dude demand, eh? Lick their feet? Kiss their butts?"

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    "You might begin by not asking rude questions." Yone suggests, imagining that the imp is going to get them in such trouble...

    She hops down from her chariot to the entrance of the hall and carefully paces inside.
    The King should make it obvious when they've arrived, she expects.
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    [Cat Chariot]

    The birds offer no answer or advice on this subject. Behind the door is a long hall, lined with coarse stone walls. They're build of uneven blocks and boulders, the crevices between them filled with a thick tangle of wood and soil. There is no furniture or doors to be seen. In the distance - longer than one would expect from the size of the court - is a lonely throne made of stone, with vines climbing over it. No one else is seen, but there are voices whispering, as if from people in other rooms... but there's no visible way to get to any other room.
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    [Cat Chariot]

    "Hmph, ya' think I'd ask that to their face?" The imp remarks while crossing the arms over her chest while looking around. "So... how are we doing this thing then? Doesn't seem to be any signs here. No guides either, so it looks like you have to take charge here."

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    "I wouldn't be surprised. Just treat him nicer than you treat your own boss." Yone suggests, pacing down the hallway.

    This place is downright eerie. She's not unaccustomed to entering overgrown ruins, but it seems like this place was never in good condition. More likely, from the moment it was made it has been an uneven tangle of swamp growth and rough stone, not unmade, but only even half-made. Not to mention the voices from nowhere.
    There are no features, no turns, no options except to head down the long hall towards the throne.
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    [Cat Chariot]

    As Yone and the imp approach the throne, there's a... lurch in the air. It's like a blink, but it's not them who are blinking. They will find themselves much closer to the throne than they should be, given how fast they were moving, and there's a figure seated on it. Giving the distinct impression of having sat there for a while. Wrapped in a black cloak, its rat-skull adorned with antlers, twisted arms of black wood resting on the sides of the throne.

    "You sought audience with the King in Rags and it has been granted. You spoke of danger, when outside the court."
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    The imp flies lazily after Yone, yawns, looks around- and they're suddenly right in front of the throne.

    She yelps and seem to panic as they quickly hide behind Yone when addressed by the seated being.

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    Yone sweeps her head low in a gesture of respect, and carefully refrains for reacting to the imp's panic.
    "It is so, your eminence."
    "I have been warned of the approach, or release, of twisted elementals of secrets, which attack one's thoughts and names."
    "My companion here can tell you more." And she quickly steps aside to reveal the imp.
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    The dim blue glow of the King's eyes becomes brighter for a moment. It seems this news if of interest to him. He has no visible reaction to the imp's fear.

    "Speak, then. If these creatures threaten me and your warning is helpful, you will not find me ungrateful."
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