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    Vinto tries to suppress his mirth as the two clowns become fast friends, so he focuses on preparing for the night - cantrips and minor magics to ease their rest and expedite their travels come morning. "Tell me when you find a place to settle," he calls, "And I'll set us up what amenities I can." He's a bit embarrassed that he has no food to offer the newcomer - he'd eaten most of today's supply in the morning, and the rest on the road.
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    Alwynn laughs and chats as we walk, but as we approach the promised camping spot, he pauses for a moment.
    "Pardon my manners, but we had a bit of an... unpleasant encounter earlier today. It is nothing personal, I assure you, but I think perhaps it would be safest if we just, you know... checked you. Please excuse me while I stare at you for a while (and it's not all business, I assure you )."
    He twiddles his finger, says a word and gazes at the man intently for several seconds.

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    "We have rations," Sanfeng produces a piece of hardtack. He bites into the salty biscuit with a hard crunch.

    "You talk funny."
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    Galwaith stops and turns to look at Alwynn with a large grin plastered across his face. "Dear me, you may cast your orbs of vision upon my visage for as long as you desire. I know there is much to take in, my muscular physique (he is not muscular at all), towering height (he is actually rather short), imposing demeanour (he is lightly built and unarmed), and fearsome grimace (he tried to appear ferocious but only succeeds in looking silly). But by all means, if gazing at me makes you feel safer, then take your time." He pretends to look bashful.

    He takes a step back and falls along Sanfeng. "Well now, you're an interesting fellow. The strong silent type, man of few words, dark and mysterious. How does a man of your . . . distinctive talents find himself allied with a shining beacon of light and gallantry such as our dear friend here?" He drapes his arm across Alwynn's shoulder as he speaks. He glances back at Alwynn. "Assuming of course, that you have found me safe and non-threatening. I mean, if that's what you're in to." Why looky here, I believe I've found the campsite." He points out a nicely sheltered hollow near the stream that appears perfect for setting up a small fire and spending the night.
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    "I smash things. He," Sanfeng points to Vinto, "fixes the things I'm not supposed to smash. And Alwynn points out what needs to be smashed."

    "Name's Brut."

    Brut follows the effluent stranger into the hollow. He watches the bard sidle up to Alwynn. He watches Alwynn's pockets to be more precise.
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    "Close enough, though I might object to calling people things," Vinto chuckles.
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    Alwynn smiles at Galwaith when he's completed his appraisal. "Well, at the very least, I don't think you're a godless abomination from beyond the Void." His smile falters for a moment. "...I hope I'm right."
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    "Lies! Lies and slander! Rarely do I find a thing that needs to be smashed! ...unless it's the other type of "smashed", of course..." He starts eyeing off the mentioned brandy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwynn
    "Well, at the very least, I don't think you're a godless abomination from beyond the Void." His smile falters for a moment. "...I hope I'm right."
    Galwaith feigns a look of shock. "I . . . had actually considered myself quite handsome and dashing. You have a strange way of complimenting your friends, I must say. But I suppose not being a godless abomination is better then the alternative. Ah, here we are."

    He plops down in the middle of the clearing and sits cross-legged, lowering his pack to the ground. "Perhaps a song to help you as you set up camp? I know the perfect tune." He cradles his lute in his lap and strums a few chords before beginning in his soft baritone.

    "I got my gear in my pack
    I got my pack on my back
    Today's the day I'm going camping

    Just got the goahead sign the weather's gonna be fine
    Today's the day I'm going camping

    I'm gonna pitch me a tent
    Won't have to pay any rent
    It looks like ev'rything is "A O.K."
    As far as I can see

    I think it's gonna be a perfect camping day . . ."


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    Vinto gets to making camp, taking a bit of time to cast restful repose and detect magic, detect evil, and lesser vigor on the company. Once the necessities are done, he sighs, and rolls up his sleeves. He didn't really like doing this on principle, but he really didn't want to run into their food supplies before they hit the desert, and this might be his last chance. Pulling water and sustenance from the surrounding plantlife, he visualizes a minor feast; feeding the stolen energy into this image, he brings it forth.

    "Dinner, anyone?"

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    Sanfeng helps himself to the conjured foodstuff. He sits in silence, leaving the talking to their party's more charismatic members. The orc enjoys himself. Not that he'd allow that to show.
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    "Oooh, don't mind if I do!"
    Alwynn tucks in, chewing as quietly as he can to listen to the song. Once finished, he fiddles with Prestidigitation, changing the colour of the fire (which he makes, if noone else does so first).

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    At the words "Dinner anyone?", Galwaith immediately breaks off in the middle of a line, sets down his lute, and plops himself down in front of the feast. "I'd hate to see any of you get sick from too much food, so I'll do my part and make sure it's all fit to eat." He digs in with the enthusiastic gusto of a man who has been too long separated from any kind of food. He eats enough for two men before finally sitting back with a satisfied sigh.

    "Well now, that was very nearly the best food I've ever had. There was the one wedding for the Duke's son, but as I wasn't technically invited, I found myself being escorted away before I'd had my fill. It must be handy to have the means to create such a spread on a whim. What I'd give for such a gift . . ."

    "So, I don't mean to pry, but my occupation does demand a certain amount of curiosity. What exactly brings such a band of creatures such as yourselves to the edge of the great desert of Arkios? You seem too noble to be fleeing some evil deed, and too brave to be fleeing some evil doer. Whatever the cause, you do seem ill prepared for an expedition into the desert, if that's indeed where you're headed. So, take no offence, but I have been wandering these parts for many a year, and might be of some assistance."
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    "...I gave the life of a friend, for knowledge of this working. It's a story I don't plan to share, and one I hope is never repeated." Vinto mumbles, "As to our quest, it's not exactly something we can go sharing either - for similar reasons." Vinto's a bit upset at Galwaith - his questions and manner were innocent enough, but they touched on sensitive subjects for him. Knowing the fault lies with himself rather than anything the man has done specifically, he sighs, and tries to be more personable. "We're working for someone. We've been hired for our talents, and that's about as much as I'm willing to say. How about yourself? A man of the courts, invited or not, certainly can't have much business with the desert, can he?"

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    Galwaith pats Vinto's shoulder as if to reassure him. "Have no worries my friend, I meant no offence. Whatever your business is, it can stay your own. If the great dragon wants his quests kept secret, far be it from me to interfere."

    "As to my own travels and travails, I must agree with you, I'm hardly the ideal candidate to go wandering through the deserts and wastelands. Give me a duke's court, or the wedding of the mayor's daughter, and I'm happy as can be. Perhaps it speaks poorly of my character, but I'm far too comfortable with abundant food and drink and dry roofs over my head to be out here by choice." His face grows sad and thoughtful and he finally speaks again. "But, when you're bound as to a noble, one is not always free to do as one wishes. I suppose it's the cost of patronage. Suffice to say, I'm on an errand and the sooner I'm finished, the sooner I'll be happy again."
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    My grandmother died this morning (Sunday, June 19, 2011). I'm going halfway across the country to her funeral, and will be largely unable to post for the next week. Sorry for the inconvenience. If the need arises, DMPC me as Samwise Gamgee mixed with Gandalf.

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    Sanfeng listens to the conversation, entirely lacking in context.

    "Duke's. Court. Who is 'Duke'? Has he sent you on this errand?"
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    "Duke? I'm afraid I was just being melodramatic. I'm of birth far too humble to serve an actual duke. No, I serve the Lord Darrban from up north. He's more a Lord from birth and the fact that no one else wants his holdings, then from any inherent strength of character or courage. It is indeed he who has send me on my current task though."
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    I hope the funeral is as pleasant as a funeral can be, Rawchris.

    Alwynn raises an eyebrow at Galwaith's mention of the dragon no one brought up, but says nothing - although he does shift in such a way as to just happen to make it a little easier to leap up with his staff in case it should be necessary.
    "Such a shame," he sighs, "that necessity drives us all to such secrecy, when our shared direction of travel might suggest that frankness could facilitate an alliance!" He stirs the coals thoughtfully. "...or, failing that, get out in the open any competition or emnity."
    He shrugs dramatically. "Ah well! Ce la vie. Now what do we have for dessert?"
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    "Oh yes." He whisks out a bag of sweets and shares them around.

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    Galwaith stares at Alwynn with a curious twist in his grin. "Competition or enmity? Dear me, let's hope it doesn't come to that. I hardly think our goals are the least bit similar and for my part at least, there is certainly no enmity or such. My errand is less secret and more boring and perhaps silly. I would be glad to go with you as long as our paths lie together. I do know somewhat of life in the desert, and might prove of assistance." He stretches out his arms in a deep yawn and leans back with the thankful relaxation of one who has walked for most of the day.

    "Now dessert sounds like something I could go for. I could never say 'no' to a sweet." He reaches in and savours a small toffee. "Wherever did you find such marvellous candies? I would hate to think that this might be the last time I would get to taste this perfection of confections."
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    You hear the beat of wings in the distance. Over the course of a minute or so, the sound grows louder, though it remains steady and slow. Abruptly, the sound stops. There is a pause, and then a large, powerfully built figure drops from the sky, landing firmly on his feet with a blast of wind. Dust and debris swirl around the campsite, and the fire gutters for a moment.

    The figure folds his wings, which are massive, draconic, and platinum. In his hands he holds a long ranseur, and the hands themselves are tipped with long black claws. He steps into the light, and the fire glints off of his mithral chain shirt; his armor, however, seems dull and muted compared to his scales, which are the same unnatural platinum of his wings. His face is strong and noble, and it reminds you strongly of a blend of the face of a true dragon, like Norvartis, and more typically humanoid feature. The air around him is very slightly warped, as if he was exceptionally hot, but the effect is faint and insubstantial.

    The man looks at the group before him, and his stance suggests utter confidence and strength. There is a moment of silence, and the fire pops and crackles. Finally, he speaks, his voice light and happy, despite his appearence. "Did that look as awesome as it felt? I'm sorry, I know the effect is ruined by asking, but I've never flown half that far before, and I stuck that landing perfectly. It's hard to do when you're exhausted, believe me." He sets down his ranseur carefully, and stretches his wings and arms. "Robin above am I tired. I hate to be a burden, but do you all have anything hot to eat? I've got rations, but they don't really cut it after flying all night."

    After a moment, and another pause, he lightly hits himself on the head. "Ah! Right! You don't know what I know. My name is Maekrix, paladin and wielder of arcane might. I was sent by Norvartis to ensure that none of you die and that his goals can be achieved. It is an honor to meet you all, and I look forward to working with you." He bows gracefully, and smiles at you all.
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    Huddled amongst the desert traveler, a massive orc stands to meet the draconic emissary. His beady eyes squint in recognition of the scaleykind. After a moment, he pounds his fist into the flat of his left palm and returns the bow.

    "Greetings, Maekrix. This one is Brut, known as Sanfeng, lost master of Jianghu."

    "While you are welcome to our camp," Sanfeng shrugs toward Galwaith, "Not all of our company is within the circle."
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    After his preliminary magical and intuitive testings reveal the newcomer as... safe enough, Vinto becomes a bit disheartened. "Some communication, or haste, would have been nice," he shrugs, "You've already failed in your duty. As have I. One of our companions has already fallen."

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    Alwynn grins and applauds raucously.
    "Bravo! Bravo! A grand entrance! Glorious."
    He rises to his feet and reaches out a hand. "I am Alwynn. Have a toffee."

    He places a hand on Vinto's shoulder.
    "Vinto, my love, do you not remember what our dear patron told us? This fellow is - and I could wish for far better words to use - her replacement. He could not have known that that would happen, and if it hadn't, he wouldn't be here at all."
    He shrugs sadly. "It was our own carelessness that got her killed. We shall just have to do better next time!"
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    Relaxing on a small blanket a bit behind the rest of the group is a short, trim man with a thick thatch of brown hair and a neatly trimmed beard below sparking emerald eyes. He is dressed entirely in light blue cloth held up with a wide brown belt. He stands upright, his eyes wide open, as Maekrix makes his dramatic entrance. He bends in a low sweeping bow and then stands back as Vinto and Sanfeng speak. After a few moments, however, he breaks the silence.

    "I am known as Galwaith, bard extraordinaire and recent acquaintance to your friends here. Indeed, I have no connection with the great dragon Norvartis, but we are all servants of Robin and as I have likewise offered the others, I hereby put at your disposal what services I can humbly provide."

    He looks around at the four of you and laughs freely. "I feel I'm surrounded by some heroes of old ready to storm the peaks of Mount Olympus!"
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    Maekrix nods to each of in turn, offering a polite, if light, bow. When Vinto speaks he winces a bit in sympathy, though he deftly accepts the toffee from Alwynn with the hint of a smile. "I understand your pain, sir, and I will offer both confirmation and apology; I was sent because of your friends death, not to prevent it. That said, I have seen much in this world, and I do not doubt that it is possible to raise the dead to life. Once we have completed the task set out before us by the great golden dragon, I would be proud to help you find the resources to raise your friend."

    He also turns and listens to the odd man out, Galwaith, surreptitiously placing the candy in his mouth as he does. It looks decidedly odd, a massive draconic figure, clad in mail, chewing a toffee with a smile. It is, you may realized, the first thing he has eaten in over half a day. When Galwaith finishes speaking Maekrix takes out a flask of water from his oddly-fitting pack, drinks, and then speaks.

    "I agree with your sentiment, friend, and I thank you for the fine comparison. I must ask you all, however, and not without a bit of embarrassment; I have only spare information on what my task actually is. If you could elaborate on our mission, I would be grateful." Once he has finished speaking, Maekrix closes his eyes for a moment, then opens them. A careful look may notice that they have become unfocused. He glances over the people before him briefly, and then his eyes return to normal.

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    "We are to excavate the site of some mysterious ruins, roughly five days' southwest," Sanfeng replies stately.

    The orc-kin stands over the congregation by a head, he clamps his jaw in deference to Janen's demise.

    "Sympathy has ill-served our ends. Now is the time for march and toil. Do you know a way about the acid rains that block our road?"
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    "Well, I can help you with that. I've done it before" blurts out Galwaith before stammering to a halt. He had a faint twitch of worry on his face as if he felt uncomfortable jumping in. He also conveyed the sense that he didn't want to be left to himself again and was a bit anxious about proving his usefulness.
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    "And are you "going our way", as the monk said to the milkmaid? The less acid rain I come into contact with, the better." He brushes some invisible dust off his blue silk clothing.

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    Maekrix listens to Galwaith with interest, and then nods with respect. "I too have braved the storms and survived unscathed, but it was not an experience that I can repeat, nor a power that I can share. If you have a way to bypass them, friend, then I would be grateful." He glances down at the ground; for the first time since he has arrived you see a hint of embarrassment in Maekrix's powerful features.

    "I... must apologize for my inability to provide aid in some situations. I have lived a life of little but aggression and combat, and though I have been blessed with the power of dragons the spells that I have mastered tend towards empowerment and protection from physical attacks; shielding from elemental effects like acid, however, is beyond my current abilities."

    He remembers himself, and flares his wings a bit with pride. "However, that is not to say that I cannot help pass the storms. We would merely need to procure a wand or some scrolls to protect us from the acidic effects of the weather. That said, I would like to know your strategy, Galwaith."
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    "I can protect a few of us, for a short time, if we are caught unaware by a change in the weather," Vinto muses, "But the best defense I know of is still to burrow down, or huddle under shelter. And besides, the more weather I protect us from, the less useful I become. I'm not old, but I don't have as much of a second wind as I used to!" With a sigh, he pitches an idea. "If you're up for enduring some blinding pain, and a small chance of scarring, I could probably regenerate our bodies fast enough to survive a few long minutes, should it come to that. But you'll have to understand if I'd rather save that for a last resort."

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