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    Thunder rumbles across the cloudy sky as you walk up the back alleys of Biscal. The stench of man and animal mingles unpleasantly in your nostrils as you make your way towards your destination. You can see it now, up ahead. A crooked little building, if one could even call it that, with a half-repaired roof and sagging walls, looking almost like they could collapse at any moment. A pitiful little sign hangs above the door. The Tempest's Eye, it proclaims, with a small carving of a local storm goddess beneath the words, hardly recognizable beneath a layer of mold that grows over the wood in the humid air.

    At this hour of the morning - just after dawn - not much seems to stir in the streets. However, should you walk inside, you shall find the one patron who dares the morning mist. C, he called himself. A half-orc with a large gut counterpoint to his thinning hair, he still seems to be rubbing sleep out of his eyes. Even this early in the morning, he grasps a large mug of ale, already half-emptied into his cavernous throat. Squinting, he turns to examine you.

    "Ah. You ya came, eh?"
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    "Well it would be quite rude if we didn't." Harley says with a smile. "Are you the owner of this... establishment?" He gestures to the building.
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    "Wha, me? Nah. But they make good ale here. More than makes up for the 'atmosphere'." Chuckling, C took another swig of his ale. "'Sides, the fact it looks like it's gonna fall over any sec keeps some of the more... troublesome fold away from here."
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    "Ah, I see." Harley puts on hand on his hip. "Shall we go inside? I believe we have business to discuss."
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    Bladi

    The pale young woman with blue hair and wings is sipping at a mug. She seems to be bringing an oppressive darkness with her, which doesn't lighten the grimy tavern in any way and makes it difficult to see. "It's true, this place is a cesspool," Bladi says, swirling her ale. "Of course, whether or not this swill makes up for it is moot," she finishes dumping the remainder on the floor. "I'm a busy (and beautiful) young woman. I hope you have what what I'm looking for." She stares at C with her blank, mirror like eyes.
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    Lilith

    Lilith walks in the tavern having come up the alley with a man at her side.

    You can just walk in you know, like that young woman just did. She turns to Harley, flashing him a smile as she enters into the grimy tavern.

    Hesitating she grimaces as she sits down on a nearby stool seeming to want to touch it with as little skirt as possible.

    What's your interest, in what the note details? Lilith asks with far more less creepiness in her gaze then the other woman. However it doesn't seem fully focused on this C fellow.

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    Harley walks inside along with Lilith. "Of course." before she can sit down, Harley will cast prestidigitation on her chair, cleaning it thoroughly. "Please, miss." He gestures to the now clean chair. He will shoot Bladi a sideways glance, attempting to place her in his memory. She looked really familiar.

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    I misread the OP. I thought he was daring the mist outside, not daring it so he could go into the tavern haha.

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    Lilith

    Lilith opens her mouth in surprise, before turning and curtsying to Harvey. Thank you, kind sir.

    Lilith notes the sideways glance and looks at Bladi herself. Do you know her? She whispers to the sorcerer.
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    Harley's attention snaps back to Lilith. "To be determined, I'm afraid."
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    Jun Qing

    Jun Qing strides casually and easily beside Lilith to the tavern. He is wearing his standard, loose clothing, and his headband makes his normally deathly-pale skin look much more living. He calmly sweeps his gaze around as they walk, assessing the area and alert for the very few dangers that Lilith could not detect.

    Well, I have certainly seen better places, Qing comments as they approach the Tempest's Eye. He holds open the door for Lilith before entering himself. Qing nods curtly to the half-orc, presumably C, before taking a seat next to Lilith and sweeping the inside of the tavern with his senses. It seems that quite a few people had been given similar letters, and Qing waits for everyone to assemble so they can discuss business.

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    C takes another long swig. "Not to worry, not to worry. Once everyone's here, I'm gonna explain everything, a'right?" He nods as a small gnome comes out from a room behind the counter, receiving a nod back.

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    Mindsight and Lifesense are both picking up two creatures (aside from the PC's): C, who definitely a humanoid (with higher than average intelligence, actually - around 14 Int), and the gnome (who is obviously a barkeep with average (11) intelligence).

    There's only one obvious exit - the way you came in. Howver, there are a couple of windows around that could serve as a hasty exit, and there might be a backdoor you can't see.
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    Vorel steps into the tavern, and her eyes quickly settle on the gathering of perhaps the only beings in the city as visually conspicuous as herself. She lowers the hood of her cloak (revealing her draconic face) and steps toward the group. "Then let us hope that we will be gathered and ready before the dragon's spies are."

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    Bladi

    Bladi noted the other minds in the area. It's importan to keep track after all.

    "Harley is an old flame of mine. Though I suspect he never did get over his old feelings for me,"
    Bladi says, possibly projecting. "Harley darling, who is this maggot infested homely little trollop?"
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    Elixa walks through Biscal alone, headed toward The Tempest's Eye. She has no reason to distrust C, so she's looking forward to meeting him. Especially since she heard he may have reached out to some other individuals of similar interest.

    When she arrives, she recognizes C, but not any of the other individuals in the room. Anyone who takes note of her notices a very pretty girl wearing and carrying many tell-tale items of the adventuring trade. She wears a nice breastplate, but carries no visible weapon. She looks kind but also hardened in the way only a seasoned adventurer can. When walking around in public like this, Elixa folds her feathery wings against her back and covers them with her billowy cloak. She nods politely at anyone who looks her way, but eventually speaks to C.

    "I'm glad I found you here and I hope your information is as good as it has been in the past."

    If it seems like C is still waiting for others, she will wait quietly while observing the other individuals in the room.

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    Harley squints his eyes at Bladi, "Wait a second." His eyes open wide. "No no no no no. This is a very bad thing. Do you have any idea how long it took me to clean the blood off of these pants?!"
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    Lilith

    Lilith doesn't even seem to comprehend that the maggot comment was aimed at her.

    Does your friend have special senses? The angel just walked in, and she seems lovely enough. Lilith whispers to Harley.
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    Bladi laughs. "Callista was a parasite. She learned her lesson. After all, we had a very good teacher." Bladi gives a knowing grin. "Lessons may have to continue until you come to your senses and a remember that you have standards. It's really that simple," she says jovially. She may be glancing at Lillith, but it's difficult to tell when she has those eyes that reflect images so well, but have no image of their own.
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    Qing nods to the two newcomers, then turns to the blue-haired woman and calmly says, We have been gathered to discuss a hidden way into Valisa, and you are busy making jabs at and threatening the people you might soon be working with. It is nice to know that you have your priorities straight.



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    A grimace flashes across Harley's face. "You're clinically insane." He steps to the opposite side of the table as Bladi. "And just because someone isn't you, doesn't make them lesser." He pauses for a second. "Also, our goldfish died and you didn't even stop by."
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    Jun notices that Bladi behavior does seem a little off kilter. Maybe it's a subtle twitch of her cheek when she speaks, or how she always seems to be listening to someone else when she isn't. It's like her attention is being constantly divided by some unseen actor. She does certainly seems earnest, though.

    "You fool. You presume to know me? You don't even know what you don't know!"
    Bladi may be looking at either Harley or Jun when she says this. Again, it can be hard to tell with er eyes being what they are. "Oh, and Pongo died? That's unfortunate. He was in the top 1% of goldfish." Bladi frowns.


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    Ignoring the bickering between Harley and Bladi, C grinned up at Elixa. "Looks like we're all finally here, then..." Clearing his throat, the half-orc stood up, nodding to the barkeep, who took his cue and left the room. "Okay. Stop fighting, everyone. Ladies, gents... Bladi... It's time to get down to business. This is, if you want to get into Valisa alive."
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    "Of course, my apologies." Harley refocuses on C and bows humbly. "Please, continue."
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    Lilith

    Lilith drops her attention from Bladi and Harley and focuses solely on the half-orc, pulling out some paper and a quill.

    Okay. What do we need to know? She asks the half orc.
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    Qing turns to the half-orc. Yes. But perhaps we should not have this conversation out loud.
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    "Hrk!"
    Bladi is startled, expresses her disapproval at being singled out. It's not that she doesn't like be held apart, it's just that she doesn't feel like it's because C recognizes her for the naturally superior and amazingly talented young incantatrix that she is.

    "I can do you one better. I can be having this whole conversation in my HEAD. IT'S QUITE SIMPLE REALLY. Don't ask me to explain it, you wouldn't understand."
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    Qing glances at the blue-haired girl...Bladi...and says, Perhaps you would prefer to demonstrate.
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    Harley raises an eyebrow at Bladi. "This is neither the time, nor the place." Tilting his head and looking at Qing he adds. "Don't encourage her schizophrenic tenancies." He rubs his temples. "Please continue, C."
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    "Schizophrenic?! Your schizophrenic if you think THAT I can be schizophrenic! I CAN'T be schizophrenic!"
    Bladi imparts to the party, using her telepathic abilities that she acquired from her binding. The thoughts are overlaid with what sounds like the noise nails make when grinding against a chalkboard, and the murmurings of at least 3 other people. It is not pleasant.
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    I'm pretty confident thinking someone has a mental disorder, does not in fact require you to have said disorder. Lilith pipes up using her own telepathy to broadcast to the party, as she drummed her fingers on the table in annoyance.
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    "May we please focus our thoughts back on the task at hand?" Vorel has quickly realized that keeping these bickering children on-topic may be nearly as great a challenge as killing the dragon himself, and that she probably lacked the presence and authority to knock some sense into them.

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