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    This old warehouse by the docks and on the edge of the city slums has numerous secret passageways and tunnels leading to it. When you walk in, either from the street or below, you see a freshly cleaned interior that actually looks somewhat welcoming, however, as a seedy hive of smugglers, pirates, and home of the local wererat assassin guild; this is a rough place to have a drink.

    The back half of the building has been converted into a set of rooms, used by those who need a bit of privacy, whether to have a private card game, hold a secret meeting, or just to get away from the world while enjoying a dose of some of the more exotic items the Den serves. We don't care what you do here, just don't leave a mess. Just keep in mind, the walls are a little thin back there, and can be listened through (or busted through), so be careful.

    The gambling scene is lively here, with craps, three-dragon ante, and darts, among other things. There are certainly not knife-fights held in the ring in the basement. Come early for a ringside seat. Gambling is permitted. Anyone caught betting against themselves will be killed, or worse. So don't do it.

    The servers are all NPC goblins. They are: Blackeye, Hooktooth, and Daggernose.
    The cook is a goblin woman named Sicklewort.
    The NPC bouncer is Gnarl, the orc.

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    The menu is as follows:

    Drinks

    Common Drinks
    All the common drinks are available in an extremely wide range of qualities, brands, and prices. Just remember- you pay for what you get.
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    Absinthe
    Ale
    Beer
    Brandy
    Coffee
    Hard Cider
    Kumis (Fermented milk)
    Mead
    Rum
    Tea
    Tequila
    Vodka
    Whiskey
    Wine


    Specialty Drinks
    The specialty drinks are either crafted here or ordered specially from other sources. Normally they are higher class and more palatable, but that is not always the case...
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    Black Shadow-
    A strong concoction guaranteed to send a chill down your spine at any temperature.
    Damned Soul Nectar-
    Yummy. Damned souls. Perfect for demons, devils, or anyone else lacking a conscience.
    Devil Brew-
    It tastes good, though drinking it will gradually corrupt your soul to evil.
    Drow Spiderblood Wine-
    A specialty drow wine with a strong bite, and a hint of spider venom. Alcohol isn't the only thing you have to worry about when drinking it... but it does taste good.
    Firewine-
    This wine is created in a way that literally leaves the top simmering and flaming. Only recommended to those who have a good fire resistance. However, it is extremely warm and has a fairly sweet taste.
    Frenzywater-
    You want to know what it is like to see red? Frenzywater will having you raging like a barbarian.
    Goblin Thudrud Beer-
    A favorite of goblins... but described by others as smelling like a rotten, flaming cow.
    Hearth Brew Mead
    This is a sweet mead with raspberries, rhubarb and some kind of ingredient that makes you feel warm when you drink it.
    Ichor Liquor-
    A mixture of blood and alcohol made especially for our vampiric friends. It can be served neat, on the rocks, or specially heated to 98.6 F.
    Liquid Agony-
    A drink brewed and distilled from the agony of victims, and quite sweet and tasty, but very addictive.
    Mindflayer Mead-
    A special brew for those squid-headed fellows. Also appropriate for Zombies, or anyoen else who likes the taste of brains.
    Mushroom Wine
    An Underdark drink fermented from mushrooms. It has a good deal of sugar added to it and tastes sweet, but may cause hallucinations...
    Orc Kragg Liquor-
    Strong. Disgusting. Manly.
    Poisonbite Cocktail-
    This brew is mixed of several poisons and rum. It induces extreme euphoria, and will drain the drinker's strength and mental capacities for a day or so.
    Rat Mead-
    This foul concoction is meant more for drinking games, and less for taste. You'll need a strong stomach to keep it down.



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    Food
    Like the drinks, the food ranges in quality and price... the menu is currently under improvement.
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    Bread-
    Crusty, burnt, soggy, or rotten. It's not your choice. A better bakery is "under construction" in the back. Thanks to a newly built brick oven, the bread is actually quite good now, baked fresh daily.
    Dragon Steak-
    This tender, extremely tasty steak is excellently prepared, but its source is undisclosed...
    Fish of the Day-
    The catch of the day, or yesterday... be sure to specify "fresh."
    Puffer fish liver-
    Tetrodotoxin, anyone? Extreme poison is ahead.
    Soup-
    Most common soups are available, but pay for what you want, or you'll get something else. Served in a bread bowl.


    Mushrooms
    Our mushrooms are well acclaimed for their taste and subtle poisons. If you have enemies, make sure they you didn't get something other than what you asked for...
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    Amanita-
    A hallucinogenic mushroom that is fairly toxic. May cause nausea, sensory distortions, mood changes, and loss of equilibrium. Retrograde amnesia frequently results following recovery. Serious poisonings cause delirium, seizures, or comas.
    Chanterelle-
    An edible but unremarkable mushroom. Available pickled or dried.
    Lorchel-
    Also known as false morels (due to similarity in appearance), eating these raw results in extreme liver failure or death. Properly prepared, however, they are quite delicious. Available both raw and parboiled (properly prepared).
    Morchella-
    Also known as morels, these very prized and tasty mushrooms are available raw.
    Omphalotus-
    This mushroom looks the same as the Chanterelle. It is extremely appealing in smell and appearance, but has a mild toxicity that will lead to vomiting and cramps.
    Oyster-
    Unlike other mushrooms, this one has no confusing look alikes, and is prized for that quality alone. Served raw or stuffed.
    Porcini-
    Also known as Boletus ("superior"), the porcini is highly regarded and is served raw or sautéed with butter.
    Portabello-
    While edible, this is either described as plain or only slightly sweet. Available raw or stuffed.
    Psilocybin-
    This mushroom is famed for its hallucinogenic effects, while lacking dangerous toxins. Available raw and dried.
    Shiitake-
    These mushrooms are normally added to ordered soups. Available dried or raw.


    Drink Additives
    Buy them for your drink, or for someone else's drink... everything goes here.
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    Doze Pill-
    A combination of magical energies and herbs guaranteed to put the drinker to sleep in a few minutes.
    Hanger's Drop-
    Ask for this in someone's drink to put them six feet under. Commonly means poison, though other methods can be bought depending on the target.
    Happy Juice-
    As seen in Malleo's shop. Turns the hair pink, and makes the drinker extremely happy.
    Wonder Trip-
    A mixture of magic and poison that causes extreme hallucinations and delirium which are not directly harmful or toxic.

    Other Additives are available, you just have to ask.


    Other Drugs
    If it doesn't get you drunk, and it isn't a mushroom... we still sell it.
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    Arhtorvin
    A gray powder made by different magic plants, Arthorvin is extremely calming. It is ingested, and numbs emotions and reactions.
    Baccaran
    A paste made of numerous, undisclosed substances, this is a mild hallucinogen that becomes more powerful as it is used in repetition and increased dosage.
    Dreammist
    This drug is formed into a tea, and then the vapors are inhaled. It causes incredibly beautiful and wonderful hallucinations that make the world seem dull in comparison. Overdose is extremely debilitating, as is directly drinking the substance.
    Devilweed
    A tobacco-like substance that is moderately addictive and makes the smoker skittish and more easily confused. Users enjoy it because it glazes over the memories of whatever happens during its effective.
    Luhix
    A powder made from plants grown in the abyss. It is sprinkled on self inflicted wounds- initially it causes intense pain, then numbs the body entirely. It is one of the most addictive substances known amongst the planes, but overdosing even a little may cause terrible, painful death.
    Mertoran Leaf
    This leaf is dried and treated. It is not very addictive, but it is cheap, popular, and boosts confidence. Ingested, not smoked.
    Redflower Leaves
    These leaves are only moderately addictive, but are known to give a boost to hand-eye coordination, making them popular among those who often engage in knife tossing or dart throwing. They are consumed raw and chewed.
    Sannish
    This blue liquid is made out of unknown ingredients and causes euphoria. It has a tendency to stain flesh and anything else it touches. Overdosing causes intense numbness.

    This is by no means the limit of what we can get our hands on, just ask and we'll see what we can do.


    Games
    As a new addition to the Black Dragon's Den, there is a back room where all kinds of gaming take place. Goblins generally oversee the games and make sure things are fair... but everyone here can be bribed. Best to keep an eye on things yourself.

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    Dice Games
    We provide all of the dice used here... unless you slip them out of our sleeve. "Better" dice can be bought with a quiet word and a few coin, though we don't provide protection from those who find out that you've used them.

    Coin Pass
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    This is a simple dice game played with a pair of six sided dice, and is generally best with four or more players.
    Each player puts out two coins (generally one type of coin is chosen, copper, silver, gold, or platinum) and then, in turn, each player rolls the dice.
    If a player rolls a one, they take one of their coins and place it in the pot.
    If a player rolls a six, they take one of their coins and pass it to the person on the left. This continues until only one player has coins, at which time they take the pot.
    If a player has no coins left, they have one round to wait for someone to pass them a coin (by roll of a six), after which they can buy their way back in. You can only buy your way back into a game once.


    Serpent's Eyes
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    This game is played with a pair of six sided dice, and a game board in the shape of the world serpent.

    Before the game begins, the number of rounds to play are determined, though the game may end ahead of time, or when one player runs out of coins/chips. Generally people play with a large number of rounds (double digits).
    A round is completed once every player has rolled the dice once.
    The dice start with the player closest to the seven on the board.
    When a player rolls the dice, he does one of three things.
    If he rolls any number 3-11, he places a coin on the corresponding number on the board, or, if the number is already filled with coins, they take the coins off of that number.
    If he rolls a 2, he places a coin on every number on the board.
    If he rolls a 12, he takes all coins from the board.


    Warship
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    This game is played with five dice for each player. The person who rolls first is normally determined randomly.
    The goal of the game is to create the best 'ship', where a 'ship' is a straight formed either forwards (1,2,3) or backwards (3,2,1). To create a straight, you roll the dice, and choose anywhere from 0-3 numbers from them. Your first chosen die is your starting number (IE, a number on either end of a straight), the second die chosen has to be the middle number of your straight, and the third die chosen is the last of your straight.
    You have three rolls of the dice to form a straight. Whenever you choose one of these die, you remove it from the dice you roll to get the next number.
    The game progresses like this:
    1) Each player places an amount of money agreed on when the game starts.
    2) Each player rolls the dice once, chooses any dice from their roll that they want, then either adds in the money first agreed on again, or passes from the game, but leaves any money they first bet in the pot (Note that everyone can see what die you have chosen, if you have chosen a die already).
    3) Repeat the second step once more, then every player rolls the dice once more, and the person with the ship with the highest straight wins. If someone creates a ship one the first or second roll, they still bet, but do not have to roll until the last round (which is only done in case of ties).

    If no one has a straight, the winner is based on the person with the highest number set aside (with only players with dice set aside competing). If there is a tie in highest numbers, they go to the second die set aside (with only players with two dice competing). If there is a tie between set aside die, they proceed with the same process into the dice they last rolled (excluding those set aside)

    If two people have the same straight, they compare the numbers rolled on their last turn (not including the ones placed into their "ship"). The person with the highest numbers wins.

    The winner takes all money in the pot. Generally, more than one game is played at once.


    Other Games
    These may be more or less 'games' as such... but are just as entertaining.

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    Bet on how well someone will throw, whether they can do it with their eyes closed... with their left hand... or if they can dodge a knife- it's all good. There are a few different dart boards, so any number of rings and scoring areas can be played with.


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    We hold knife fights here every once in a while, down in the basement. To surrender or death. Place your bets, folks.
    -No current list of PC fighters. Contact management to arrage something 'formal.'


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    In walks a shorter woman, red hair styled in a messy bob cut wearing a crop top and shorts, with long black boots and an array of colourful bead necklaces. She moves to the bar. Get me a platter of mushrooms and some baccaran. She says, leaning against the bar and surveying the room. Her face is flawless and beautiful, but her eyes are like a predator sizing up prey.
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    A booth in the back, shaded as it was, revealed for a moment that someone resided there. A small circular orange glow as the end of a cigarette crackled with cinders. A puff of smoke later and its owner leaned forward, the corners of her eyes tightening as someone bustled into the shady bar. She looked like trouble, sounded like it too... Perfectly matched the rest of the crooks in here. Matched Chiyo herself aswell, clad in a modern bomber jacket, crop top, jeans and boots, with a face mask drawn down and creased around her neck.

    Chiyo made a point of gazing across, finding nothing more worthwhile to do than to catch this stranger's eye, and hold it. "Looking for someone?" She asked pointedly, with an air of indignance in her voice, resettling herself in her seat so as to make it creak beneath her, with large pointed canine ears atop her head swivelling in the bar's direction.
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    Not anymore. She says under her breath, leaning her head back to the barkeep without breaking eye contact. Her eyes are golden, bright, and very hard to look away from. Bring us some scotch. Neat. Something nice. She says before walking over, sliding herself into the booth next to Chiyo. Tanwen, Tanwen Merrick. She says, trying to lean into the larger woman slightly, extending her hand to her. It'd only be polite to give her your name, right Chiyo?

    She smells like smoke and flowers, and her body's warm.
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    The canine in the corner almost regretted speaking up, though this interaction was sure to beat sitting here all evening half bored and with no work. Though she still showed a certain level of disdain on her face as the woman slid on in and got a little too close, earning a choice glare from the tall woman's dark eyes, and a puff of smoke blown out over the table. Still, this lady was apparently buying her drinks, and for that at least the delinquent in the booth could relax a little, and entertain her whims.

    "Chiyo." She answers curtly, grinning in a way that showed off a pair of fangs, then leaning back in her seat and throwing her arm out over the top of a cushion, away from Tanwen. Peering down at the hand being extended for a shake she chose instead to pull the cigarette from her mouth, holding it between two fingers and cocking her chin up as she looks over. "You looking for muscle, or just company?"

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    Tanwen brushes off the snub with a chuckle and a wave of the proffered hand. She looks Chiyo up and down, clearly liking what she sees. Are the muscles on offer? She asks with a sly grin. The bartender arrives with her food and the drinks and she takes one and slides it across to Chiyo, watching her intently. She procures a pair of gold coins (from her pocket? it's not clear where they came from) and slides them to the bartender. For the food. I'm here looking for fun, Chiyo. She savours the name as she says it. What do you do for fun?
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    For now the canine girl didn't make a move for the drink, because she was just simply comfortable, arms cocked up on the backrest and body sprawled lazily across cushions. She breathes heavily through her nose and squints her eyes slightly. "They always are." She replies with a dangerous tone to her voice, looking for all the world to be the violent thug she really was. But, she wasn't without heart, and given a few moments she took another drag of her smoke and loosened up again, not really feeling threatened at all by the presence near her, which was a good thing for the both of them.

    "Fun? I used to hang out with my squad and mess around in clubs... Now? Do whatever comes my way, or whoever." She leans down off the backrest and stubs out the stumpy straight into an ashtray, then folds one arm over the table so that she might lean over it, with one hand touching its fingers near the glass of whisky. "Looks like nice stuff..." She idly comments, looking at the amber within the vessel. "You always splash out on strangers? Or am I a special girl tonight."

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    I hope so. Tanwen says, idly rolling the bottom of her glass on the table. You're special for tonight, Chiyo. Maybe longer. She trails off, breaking eye contact to blatantly check her out. She stares right back into Chiyo with intensity. You ever kill someone, Chiyo? Shank them in the gut and watch them bleed out in a ditch?
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    "Damn right I am." Chiyo states with pride, as her arm extends just a little further, so that her fingers could curl around the glass before her. She lifts it up, regarding it for a moment, before the woman's question and stare genuinely catches her off guard, causing her to set the drink back down and squint across with a hard, foul little stare. Her silence almost answers the question in itself, but a woman of her self-confidence didn't let it just hang in the air.

    Yeah... Didn't do it too much back on Bakunin or the Jaguars would come cut you down. But we defended out turf. Just change ditches for empty streets." Her shoulders roll up in a shrug, and she leans a little closer to Tanwen, reaching again for the drink, taking it up in her grasp. "After I left, I did whatever it took to protect those I cared for. Nothing more to it than that." She says, lying through her teeth. She was a violent troublemaker and she knew it all too well.

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    But maybe a little more. When they deserved it. When you wanted to. Tanwen licks her lips. She doesn't seem interested in her food or her drink anymore. What happened to them. Your squad. Chiyo has her full attention, and the rest of the bar seems to fade away. Her eyes are bright and wild, and her smile looks hungry.
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    Chiyo took a long pause from the conversation, as she brought the glass of liquor up to her lips, tilting it back and enjoying the smoothness of it, a drink that practically begged to be drunk. She obliged, and half of its contents soon lay in her stomach. "Do you get off from talking to killers?" Chiyo asks, bluntly, sighing after. "Saitei..." She murmurs, then looks over again into the wild eyes of her drinking partner. Something was unsettling about this girl, but she shrugged it off for now. "Ask me any question you want, but my squad is off-limits. Nobody but me messes with them, got it?" There's a stern, hard look in her eye, though it's tinged with some small likeness of a sad soul.

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    A man has rented out a booth for the day. At the moment, it's absolutely covered in flyers advertising for a position as 'Lab Safety Assistant' to one Dr. Nicodemus Valiance. That very same man now reclines within his rented booth, humming along to a small radio set up on the table. He's a somewhat unremarkable looking person with long, curly hair and a plain - if angular - face. A pair of teashades rest upon his hooked nose. His clothing isn't much more exciting, his outfit composing of a ratty white turtleneck sweater worn beneath a stained labcoat. "Hrm..."
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    Someone approaches! They're young, about twenty or so, and a girl. Her skin is blackish-grey, like scorched wood, and her eyes are dark. She's shaved her head completely bald, even her eyebrows, and she's wearing a pale blue dress, slightly scorched at the edges, and a pair of hiking boots. "You, uh, looking for a lab tech? I can do that. I got experience. I worked for a chap called Professor Payne, up in Skyside, who works with empowered mutagenic substances. He let me go, because... I bought one of the chemicals he produces, and it's no longer possible for me to work safely close to an open flame." She sounds nervous, and unsure. If it's impossible to work with naked flames, what use is she in a lab setting? Well, she's hoping Dr. Valiance has either fume cupboards or doesn't work much with bunsen burners.
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    Dr. Valiance had spent the last twenty minutes or so tapping absentmindedly at the table, so when he's approached, he takes a second or two to rub his eyes. "Oh, uhh - hey! Hello there! All of that stuff." He smiles a little, though its slightly awkward. Christ, her weird dark eyes were so distracting. Was she okay? Is that some kind of disease? Is it contagious? Hopefully not. Probably not. "Why don't you have a seat?" He reaches for a bundle of 'paperwork' before setting it down gently on the table. "Ah, yes. Obviously, you're applying for the assistant position. The one I'm recruiting for!" Val blinks a few times before offering a hand.

    He whistles a little as she mentions mutagenic whatevers. That stuff's crazy. "Oh, fascinating. I've never been much of a goo man. More of a roboticist, or - well, there's not a lot I don't do, really. But the point is that sounds interesting!" This was going really well! Then she mentions that open flame thing. What in the world could that mean? "Oh, are you - uh, little clumsy or something?"

    "That's okay, you'd be helping me out with other stuff! Laboratory maintenance, uhh. Labeling things? That sort of stuff."
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    The woman sits down, and fidgets slightly. "Well, I was more of a biochemist, I suppose. And no, I'm not clumsy. Professor Payne's work... It's mutagenic, right? So I mutated." She licks her finger, draws a crude circle on the table with her spit- yes, not very hygienic- and pulls a lighter out of her pocket. She's very careful as she triggers the lighter to create the flame and holds it to the circle on the table. The spit ignites, a brief flare of fire immolating the circle and slightly scorching the wood underneath. "I can't work with naked flame because I burn very easily." She smiles nervously, running a hand over her shaved scalp and fidgeting again.
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    Dr. Valiance smiles warmly as the younger woman sinks into her chair, taking note of her fidgety gestures as she does. Was she nervous? That makes sense. For a brief second, Val recalls his first day working with the Conference. Christ, that was a stressful day. Let's try to keep things a little more casual. "You seem experienced, at least. That's a good thing!" Especially considering he hadn't been expecting anyone with even a degree to speak of to apply. "Mutated?" Was that why her eyebrows were gone? What could that possibly mean? Rarely ever a good thing, at least in Val's experience.

    Then she starts to smear her own spit down upon the table. Ah, that's more the sort of behavior he expected. What a bizarre thing to do. The doctor blinks once or twice, leaning back as he just observes the following. As the fire roars into life and promptly burns away, he crosses his arms over his chest. "Oh, wow! That's - uhh, that's neat!"

    "What did you say your name was, miss?"
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    "It's not just my spit that does that. My tears, sweat and hair do it too. My blood ignites on contact with the air. So if you're doing anything with fire, I won't be able to help you. Not safely, at least." Hopefully Doctor Valerian isn't as concerned with safety as Professor Payne is.

    "Oh, right. Name. Felicity, most of the time. If you want to dress up and rob somewhere for materials, probably Teclu." She's willing to do that, in fact she's a little desperate. She's less certain as to how useful she would actually be in that situation, unless she just sets herself on fire and starts screaming at people.
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    With an intrigued expression upon his face, Dr. Valiance leans forward. "Felicity! That's a lovely name. I think it means luck, or something like that." Ironic, perhaps? Ha. Then she mentions something about robbing people? Ah, good. At least certain things were agreed upon already. Val is all good with skipping that conversation. "Ah, but - what was I saying? Oh, right! I'm touched by your story, in all honesty. Abnormalities are what make you who you are!" Plus, he was in no position to turn away even the least qualified person. "If anything, I'm impressed. You wouldn't believe the sort of applicants I've had over the last few days."

    He clasps his hands together then. "Ahkay, let's rewind for a second, though."

    "You said this... Payne guy did this to you?"
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    ...Oh, Felicity's getting bad vibes from this. But she needs the money, any money, if she's to stay off the streets trying to rob people with super burning skills. "Yes, because I paid for him to do this. Well, not this exactly, but something like this. He sells super-serum, and my... Tendency to burn is a superpower I have bought. I can't buy another one, because I don't have the money and it's not safe. I saw someone explode after getting a second injection." So not easily fixed, and just something Felicity has to live with.
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    For a brief second, Dr. Valiance's blue eyes narrow. He's deep in thought! "Why, it sounds like you've been had - tricked! Selling something like that, it seems unethical. To say the least!" Yes, absolutely. Something like that should be kept in a vault somewhere, perhaps VIGIL will make better use of it. More importantly, it means Valiance could have a good long look at whatever the hell was turning people into regular ol' supermen! "Something like that sounds unfathomably dangerous in the hands of people like this 'Payne' guy. I bet he's not even a real professor!" An ironic statement, coming from a man with a doctorate in art history.

    A small smile forms upon his face. "How would you like to be a part of Valiance Enterprises?!"

    "I think I've an excellent way in which you and I can, perhaps, make a real difference."

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    "I'd worked for him for three months. I knew the risks and what I was getting in to. He's not a real professor. He got fired from the Inside Institute of Instituted Informing's biochemical department, something about magic I think. He's got a real bee in his bonnet about that stuff." Since professor is a title given to academics and scholars who teach others at the highest level and perform independent research of their own, Professor Payne is no longer able to use the title... But he was a professor, once. "I'd love to be part of it. But, um, we aren't really gonna rob Professor Payne, are we?" Felicity thinks this is a really bad idea. But... She's desperate enough that she's taking it. Hopefully he'll pay her a few times before he decides to move against Professor Payne and she can sneak off without him being any the wiser. Either of them.
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    Valiance chortles as Felicity confirms his suspicions. This 'Payne' person seemed such a rogue! "Ha, I knew it! You can always tell with these people - huge egos." Not like him. He had earned his doctorate. It might be in a completely unrelated field, but at least it was legitimate! "You know, Felicity! We just might!" A wide grin appears on his face. This was exactly what was necessary right this moment! Oh, the possibilities. If he got his hands on something this powerful, well - it'd be yet another feather in his cap! Certainly VIGIL would see something like that as evidence of his brilliance. "I was thinking, how about we head somewhere a little less oppressively terrible."

    "Not in the mood for another mugging."
    He sighs. Last time was just awful. "Don't have a lot on hand, but I can probably dip into the Valtech emergency fund for something like this. After all, we've great things in store for us, my friend!"

    "How does Bloodsong's sound? On me!"
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    Felicity kind-of meant that in the sense of 'he's been a real professor', and... Doctor Valiance just doesn't seem to care. Oh, this is going to be trouble, she can feel it in her (probably explosive) bones.

    But... Well, what's she got to lose? Her boyfriend dumped her when she shaved her head, her parents disowned her when she dropped out of college and moved to Skyside so she could work with a real scientist, Professor Payne fired her after she set part of the lab on fire by sneezing on a bunsen burner and the last of her money was spent on clean clothes and a ticket to Inside. "Sure. That sounds great." She smiles and stands up, wondering if they have candles in Bloodsong's or electric lighting. She hopes it's electric; she's a lot more paranoid around candles now.
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    Dena walks into the den and over to her usual seat in one of the corners of the main room. On her way she gives several nods of mutual recognition to some of the other patrons. The Den didn't have as many customers as Trog's but it had a number of regulars, Dena among them, who went here in rain or shine.

    Both the servitors and the barkeeper knew how she wanted to start off her visit, with a glass of red wine which was put on her table minutes after she had taken her seat. But this wasn't just the reason she came here. Despite its reputation it had a more relaxed atmosphere than Trog's where all the patrons just minded their own business and didn't go up in arms or shock if a fight broke out. That was just a form of entertainment. As long as they didn't start to involve other tables it was perfectly fine.

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    Chidi walks into the den a few minutes later, about the time Dena should be getting her wine served to her. It's his first time here, and being a newbie to the Nexus, has taken it upon himself to visit every available location he can reach at least once. His latest one-night stand had a lot of good things to say about this place, giving him even more reason to come here.

    He starts to search for a seat when he spots Dena seated in a corner with a glass of wine. With a smile, he makes his way over to her table. "Mind if I join you, boss?" He says, taking a seat before she can answer. He gestures a server goblin over and makes his order. "Beer, bread and red stew."

    "So, boss... or can I just call you Dena, since we're not at work?" She did say she's only his boss at work.
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    "Why not?" She remarks with a smile. "Have a seat." She takes a small sip as he makes his order.
    "You know I'm not the type to care for formalities, Chidi. 'Boss' isn't even much of a formal title in the first place y'know?" She lets her gaze linger. "So I haven't seen you here before. What makes you come to the den of all places? I had you pegged for a Trog's guy."

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    "Yeah, Dena, I know... but I still insist on calling you 'boss' at work out of respect." Chidi accepts his meal gratefully and tears a piece of bread, dipping it in the stew. He nods after taking a bite, it's good stuff. "I'm new to the Nexus, I figured I'd try and visit every establishment at least once. I already like the chill vibe I'm getting from this place, however. Besides, a recent er... acquaintance of mine had good things to say about this place."

    A random NPC elf passes their table and Chidi turns to admire her beauty for a moment, before returning to his meal. "I've never seen you at Trog's, I take it you prefer this place?"
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    [Dena and Chidi]

    Dena doesn't have to guess where Chidi is looking. He certainly got easily distracted by certain outside stimuli.
    "Someone recommended this place? What'd they tell you? Since this place is certainly not for everyone. It's an acquired taste you could say." She takes another sip of wine. "I wouldn't recommend doing heroics in here for one. It's not like anyone is gonna stop you but people get nervous you know?"

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    "That this place is more exotic compared to Trog's, for one. I was warned about the seedy nature of this place, but I can handle it." Chidi responds, sipping his beer. He nods at her advice. "Roger. Can I ask why you prefer this place, though?"
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    [Dena and Chidi]

    "Complicated question. The atmosphere I suppose, the lack of random encounters would be another one. Had way too many of those already. But while there's no monsters attacking all the time there's no weird magical mumbo jumbo that pacifies people like in dancing fox inn either." She pauses, trying to find the words. "I suppose I like how down to earth it is compared to the other taverns which I suppose is fitting considering that MERC is probably most down to earth of all the organizations. Or at least it was, dunno if it still is compared to say, GloG."

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